Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Ford Explorer Wilsonville OR

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The Pacific Northwest is your playground, and now you just need the right toy to play with. Or, in this case, an SUV. Whether you’re hitting the streets of Portland, Wilsonville, or Woodburn, Oregon, or journeying beyond, you’ll want to be sure your vehicle is capable and versatile enough to handle what’s on—or off—the road ahead.

With plenty of options out there for your next SUV, you may be wondering which is right for you. To help make your choice easier, our team at Dick’s CJDR of Wilsonville (CDJR) has put together a comparison of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs. the Ford Explorer. Keep reading below to see what they have in store!


Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Ford Explorer: Towing

When it comes to performance, both the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the Ford Explorer have a choice of capable engines with the power to get you where you’re going. However, when it comes to bringing things along with you, the Grand Cherokee L takes the edge. A 1,600-pound edge, to be exact.

That’s because, when properly equipped with the available 5.7L V8 HEMI engine, the Grand Cherokee L has a towing capacity of up to 7,200 pounds. Meanwhile, when properly equipped, the Ford Explorer’s maximum towing capacity tops out at 5,600 pounds. If you’re looking to bring a large travel trailer or a larger boat for your getaway, the Grand Cherokee L is the right choice.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Ford Explorer: Off-Road

When it comes time to get off the beaten path, both versatile SUVs are equipped with features to handle it. Both feature capableGrand Cherokee On Road four-wheel drive systems, as well as multiple driving modes to help you conquer a variety of terrain.

However, while the Ford Explorer only offers an intelligent four-wheel drive, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L comes with a choice of three highly adaptive 4×4 systems. This includes the Quadra-Trac I®, which can automatically switch between two- and four-wheel drive, the Quadra-Trac II®, and Quadra-Drive® II systems.

Also available on the Grand Cherokee L is the Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension. This system automatically lowers your Jeep at highway speeds, while also providing up to 24 inches of water fording capability, and a maximum ground clearance of 10.9 inches. This puts it well above the Explorer’s maximum ground clearance of 8.7 inches.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Ford Explorer: Interior

While you want your SUV to be rough-and-tumble on the outside, you’ll also want it to be comfortable on the inside. You’ll be pleased to know that both the Grand Cherokee L and Ford Explorer provide spacious interiors with seating for up to seven passengers, plenty of room for the whole party.

On the Ford Explorer, your seating configuration options stop there. In the Grand Cherokee L, however, you have a choice of three options: a 7-passenger option with a second-row bench, a 6-passenger option with second-row captain’s chairs, or another 6-passenger option with a second-row center console for extra storage options.


Try It for Yourself!

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L and Ford Explorer are capable SUVs whether you’re riding on asphalt, dirt, or something in-between. However, when it comes to hauling power and choice of features, the Grand Cherokee L pulls ahead.

The best way to know for sure if the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the right fit for your adventures around Portland, Wilsonville, and Woodburn, OR, is to try it for yourself. If you’d like to schedule a test drive, come by Dick’s CJDR of Wilsonville or get in touch with our team!

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