Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer


Video Review of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited vs. Ford Explorer
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"What is the difference between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer"
is the most common question we hear at Planet. 

Executive Summary:
Similar in proportions and price, both will move your family and a lot of stuff from point A to point B.  With superior ground clearance and a more rugged platform, Grand Cherokee performs better in the snow and off road.  You'll also enjoy a smoother ride, more space, and greater towing capacity in the Jeep.  Ford seats seven; Jeep only five. 

Both come standard with:
  • 290 horsepower rated V6 engines on base models
  • Safety features such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control.
  • 3yr/36000mile basic bumper to bumper warranty.
  • Excellent crash test ratings.
  • Optional satellite radio and navigation.


Ground Clearance:

Grand Cherokee: 8.6 inches
7.6 inches

Advantage: Grand Cherokee.
Better off road and in deep New England snow
. Available "Trail Rated" packages provide even more ground clearance and hill descent control.

Jeep: Grey.............Explorer: Black



Grand Cherokee

Ford Explorer

Fuel Economy and Range:

Advantage: Jeep. 

Plus, bigger tank offers greater range.  3.0L diesel available in Jeep with best-in-class 30 mpg.

  • 590 miles
  • 24.6 gal tank
  • 17city/24 hwy

  • 422 miles
  • 18.6 gal tank
  • 17city/23 hwy


Advantage: Jeep

Note longer drivetrain warranty.

  • 3yr/36000mil Bumper to Bumper warranty
  • 5yr/100000mile Drivetrain Warranty

  • 3yr/36000 mile Bumper to Bumper Warranty
  • 5yr/60000 mile Drivetrain Warranty


Cargo Space and Towing Capacity:

Advantage: Jeep

  • 36.3 cu. ft. cargo capacity
  • 7400 lbs towing


  • 21.0 cu. ft. cargo capacity
  • 5000 lbs towing



Advantage: Jeep

Grand Cherokee's starting price is slightly more but includes many more features including anti-theft protection, keyless entry, and iPod outlets.

Base Price

Base Price


Advantage: Jeep

Same horsepower, but Jeep offers more torque for towing and acceleration.  Want more?  Go for the 5.7 liter Hemi V8 or new 3.0 liter diesel.

  • 3.6 liter V6


  • 3.5 liter V6



Advantage: Jeep

More gears offer faster acceleration and extra MPG. Eco mode is also available on both V6 and V8 engines to  increase fuel economy.

  • 8 speed automatic

  • 6 speed automatic

Standard Wheels:

Advantage: Jeep.

Alloy wheels look better, but they're also lighter for better handling and fuel economy.

  • Alloy wheels  

  • Steel Wheels

Standard Third Row Seating

Advantage:  Ford

Not available on Jeep.  Need a third row? It's standard on our Dodge Durango, which is essentially a stretched Grand Cherokee.

Search our Dodge Durango Inventory


Some More Grand Cherokee Options:

  • Heated and Cooled Seats
  • Power Seats
  • Satellite Radio
  • Sun Roof


  • Billet Silver
  • Bright White
  • Brilliant Black
  • Deep Cherry Red
  • Black Forest Green
  • Cashmere Pearl
  • True Blue
  • Granite Maximum Steel

Grand Cherokee Resource Links?  Drive both at Planet! 

"I purchased a Jeep Grand Cherokee from Planet. My salesman was very knowledgeable of the product and a pleasure to work with. I had been to three other Jeep dealerships in MA and nobody came close to my salesman's caliber- he is extremely professional and had great a great manner in which he conducts business and represents Jeep, his company(Planet) and the Jeep brand in general. I had also met the sales manager there when I went to sign the docs, and he was also very good. In summary, I found Planet far better to deal with than any of the other dealerships. "
  --L.M, Franklin, MA

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