2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Starting Price: $31,690 | Price yours

Above Average: Engine power, off-road capability, Infotainment system

Below Average: Capacity, safety ratings

Consensus: Has all the tech, speed and off-road capability one would need

 

2018 Ford Explorer

Starting Price: $33,135 | Price yours

Above Average: Upscale interior, large options list, rugged styling

Below Average: Third-row space, parking-lot maneuverability

Consensus: The best-selling three-row vehicle in the country

 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the latest in a long line of Jeep vehicles proven to withstand whatever drivers put them through. The Grand Cherokee has a 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, with the option to upgrade to a 5.7-liter V8. That’s plenty of power to take a family of five both off-roading and out for a drive around town. The Ford Explorer gets a refreshed look inside and out. It boasts a great safety package and has multiple engine and trim options. The Explorer’s third row, while small, also makes it more enticing to larger families.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Advantages

Unparalleled performance in an SUV. Has the capability to take on any terrain or track with its Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto supported.

Ford Explorer Advantages

It has a Safe and Smart safety technology package with Adaptive Cruise, Cross Traffic Alert and Active Park Assist that parks and unparks the Explorer by itself. There’s also a third row for more passengers or more cargo space, whichever is preferred.

Similarities

Both offer V6 power, fuel economy on the highway and in the city, and safety assistance features.

Final Recommendation

The five-passenger Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the reliability and durability of a vehicle built to go off-road, with the bonus of huge engine capabilities. The seven-passenger Ford Explorer is much more family-friendly and offers multiple engine options and trim levels. Although there are fewer bells and whistles, the Explorer is still the more practical family SUV.

  2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018 Ford Explorer
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.6-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 295 hp @ 6,400 rpm 290 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 255 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-spd Automatic, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 21 mpg (19 city/26 hwy) 20 mpg (17 city/24 hwy)
Also Available 5.7L 360-hp V8, 3.0L 240-hp diesel V6, 6.4L 475-hp V8 2.3-liter 280-hp I4; 3.5-liter 365-hp twin-turbo V6
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 passengers 7 passengers
Wheelbase 114.7 inches 112.6 inches
Overall Length 189.8 inches 198.3 inches
Width 76.5 inches 90.2 inches
Height 69.3 inches 70.0 inches
Turning Diameter 37.1 feet 38.9 feet
Headroom, Front 39.9 inches 41.4 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 39.2 inches 40.6 inches
Headroom, 3rd row N/A 37.8 inches
Legroom, Front 40.3 inches 42.9 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 38.6 inches 39.5 inches
Legroom, 3rd row N/A 33.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.7 inches 61.5 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 58.0 inches 61.6 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row N/A 50.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.4 cu. ft. 151.7 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 68.3 cu. ft. 81.7 cu. ft.
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