2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer

Boasting spacious interiors, powerful engine options, and available four-wheel drive systems, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Explorer rule the roads of the midsize SUV category.

If you're in the market for a new midsize SUV for traveling Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, pitting two top contenders like these up against one another is a great way to learn about what each vehicle offers. Continue reading as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer go head-to-head.

Grand Cherokee vs. Explorer: SUV Performance

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Explorer offer extensive engine lineups. Let's see how their available engines compare:

  • Grand Cherokee: One gas and one diesel V6, two larger V8 options, along with a horsepower range of 295 to 475.
  • Explorer: Three V6 engine options and a horsepower range of 290 to 365.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee's larger engines and higher horsepower range brings a more immediate response to accelerating the gas pedal.

City drivers know that even a few MPGs can really rack up your gas bill. When singling out their base engines, the Jeep Grand Cherokee also comes out on top in the area of fuel; its 3.6L V6 engine returns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway, while the Explorer only gets 17 city/24 mpg highway.

Two Rows or Three?

One outright difference between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer is a matter of seating rows. The Grand Cherokee offers two rows that seat five passengers, while the Explorer has an additional row to seat up to seven.

Across the board, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Explorer allot plenty of space in their first and second row seats with comparable head and legroom measurements that span from 38 to over 40 inches.

While the 2017 Explorer's third row is a nice bonus if you can use it, if you're looking to seat seven adults, you may need to look elsewhere since 33.3 inches of legroom is more apt for kids.

Also, the Ford Explorer's standard third-row seat leaves less room available for cargo before you have to start folding down seats:

  • Grand Cherokee: 36.3 cubic feet of cargo room with all seats in place.
  • Explorer: 21 ftcargo room with all seats in place.

Jeep vs. Ford: In-Cabin Technology

Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer are known for their top-notch infotainment systems (Jeep Uconnect and Ford SYNC 3) that lead the way in intuitive touchscreen in-car media displays. Let's take a look at some of the qualities they both share:

  • Up to an eight-inch (8.4 inch in the Grand Cherokee) touchscreen display
  • Multi-speaker audio systems
  • Satellite radio

These systems successfully use a mix of voice recognition software, touchscreen menus, and physical buttons and dials to make controlling the interface easy and safe.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer

We hope this comparison helped you learn more about these two capable SUVs and determine which vehicle would be the ideal fit for your needs.

If you're in the market for a reliable, spacious, and powerful five-seat SUV for city travel, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a natural!

Schedule a Grand Cherokee test drive today with your local Jeep dealer service Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens-Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram.


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