Choosing the right model for your adventures around Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump is much easier after doing some research. Richmond Ford West put together an informative comparison pitting the 2019 Ford Explorer vs. the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both models come highly acclaimed, yet which fits to the contours of your lifestyle better?

The next sections will go over key attributes in both the 2019 Explorer and 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including the interior dimensions such as passenger and cargo space, the driver-assistance technologies, and the infotainment interface.

Which is Bigger: Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee?

When we begin to peer inside the cabins of the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee, we see the Explorer is significantly bigger, with a particular emphasis placed on the combination of passenger and cargo room.

Front legroom in the Explorer, for example, measures 42.9 inches. Second-row legroom is also generous, checking in at 39.5 inches. In total, the passenger volume tops out at a generous 151.5 cubic feet.

As for cargo space in the Ford Explorer, three dimensions stick out. Behind the third-row seats, you'll enjoy 21 cubic feet of cargo area. Behind the second-row seats, that number climbs to 43.9 cubic feet. If you fold both the second and third rows flat, the number balloons to 81.7 cubic feet.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, is a tight fit. The seating capacity is limited to five passengers compared to seven in the Explorer. The legroom is also diminutive, measuring 40.3 inches up front and 38.6 inches in the rear.

In total, you'll only have 105.4 cubic feet of interior passenger space plus 36.3 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seat and 68.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo room.

  • The 2019 Explorer seats more passengers, offering seating for seven vs. the Grand Cherokee that only offers seating for five.
  • The Ford Explorer offers more space for front legroom, measuring 42.9 inches vs. the Jeep Grand Cherokee's 40.3 inches.
  • The Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers less legroom in the second row, measuring only 38.6 inches vs. the Ford Explorer's 39.5.
  • Overall passenger volume in the Ford Explorer is greater than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, measuring at 151.5 cubic feet vs. the Grand Cherokee's 105.4 cubic feet.
  • The 81.7 total cubic feet of cargo space available in the 2019 Ford Explorer is greater than the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee's 68.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

Comprehensive Safety Features

Safety is of the utmost priority for both the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee, a fact supported by the inclusion of comprehensive protective features in both models.

For the Ford Explorer, this comes in the form of the Ford Safe and Smart™ package that includes rain-sensing wipers, Auto high-beam headlamps, a Lane-Keeping System that detects and alerts you to vehicle drift, plus Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is no slouch when it comes to safety either, thanks to inclusions like the LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning Plus system. However, Jeep can't point to a comprehensive package as beneficial as Ford Safe and Smart™.

Infotainment Technology

The last piece of the puzzle is the infotainment technology, something the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee excel at.

In the case of the Ford Explorer, FordPass™ Connect delivers intuitive control of the vehicle and surrounding areas, giving you the ability to compare and contrast nearby gas station prices, for example. This set-up, in unison with the voice-activated navigation system, means you can travel around the country with confidence.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee touts its own GPS navigation system but doesn't offer a smartphone application that can match the varied effectiveness of FordPass™ Connect.

Who Wins? 2019 Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Given the sizeable advantage in terms of technology, safety, and space, it seems the 2019 Ford Explorer is a better all-around option for those in the Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump areas. To test drive this model, contact Richmond Ford West!

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