Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Finding a spacious and powerful SUV shouldn't be too difficult, but being torn between the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee can certainly make your final decision a little harder. Both of these iconic vehicles offer a lot to their drivers and passengers, so taking notice of their differences is the only way to make the right decision. At Richmond Ford West, we're here to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump get a better sense of these models.

Keep reading this Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee comparison to find out which SUV seems like the better fit for you and your passengers!

Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance & Engine Options

Both the Explorer and Cherokee start off with some significant power. The Ford Explorer includes a 3.5L V6 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 3.6L V6 engine at their base level. Each vehicle offers some significant upgrades to the engine power and performance.

  • Both vehicles surpass 280 horsepower with their base level engines.
  • The Ford Explorer offers a turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 that delivers 365 horsepower.
  • The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a 5.7L V8, which boosts its performance to 360 horsepower.

Passenger & Cargo Space

Each SUV offers an impressive amount of space for their respective passengers, but the difference is readily noticeable. The Ford Explorer can accommodate seven passengers with 151.5 cubic feet of space vs. the five passengers in the Grand Cherokee that gets 105.4 cubic feet of space. As for the actual space for the passengers and the cargo, there's quite a few differences.

  • The Explorer offers 41.4 inches of headroom and 42.9 inches of legroom in the front row.
  • The front row of the Grand Cherokee includes 39.9 inches of headroom and 40.3 inches of legroom.
  • The second row of the Explorer offers almost an inch more of headroom and legroom than the Grand Cherokee.
  • The Ford Explorer features 21 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 43.9 cubic feet when the third row is folded flat and 81.7 cubic feet when the last two rows are folded.
  • The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 68.3 cubic feet.

Entertainment & Technology Features

The 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee are each equipped with some sophisticated features and some fun amenities. Each SUV includes a voice-activated media display screen that lets you select your phone contact or preferred audio entertainment through the use of voice commands. Each vehicle includes Bluetooth® streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, radios, available SiriusXM® trials, and both USB ports and auxiliary inputs for portable media players. The Explorer offers the available Wi-Fi Hotspot to keep you connected during your trips.

2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Making Your Decision

By now, you're pretty familiar with both of these popular SUVs. At Richmond Ford West, we hope that this Explorer vs. Cherokee comparison helped you get a strong sense of how they differ. While you're aware of the notable advantages held by the Ford Explorer, you can always learn more at our dealership by seeing it up close.

Get a feel for the 2018 Explorer by browsing our inventory online at Richmond Ford West. We're proud to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump find their next car.

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