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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer

“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.


Grand Cherokee: 8.6 inches
Explorer: 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


Fuel Economy and Range:

Advantage: Jeep.

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

Grand Cherokee

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

Ford Explorer

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

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 $30,795

Base Price $30,280


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

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

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