2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer




Are you looking for a versatile, capable, and powerful set of wheels to drive through Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Portland? Then you may be drawn to popular SUVs like the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer.

While both are great picks for drivers like you, the team at Wilsonville CDJR wanted to find out which was going to give local drivers the most of what they need when they hit the road. So, we compared the Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer.

Check out what we learned below!

Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer: Engine Power

If you’re looking for a vehicle with plenty of power, then you’ll be happy with either the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Explorer.

Both offer a V6 engine. However, these engines greatly differ in terms of strength:

As you can see, the V6 engine in the Grand Cherokee can tow 600 more pounds than the one in the Ford Explorer. Even more, the V6 engine is the top-tier engine for the Explorer, while the Grand Cherokee offers it as a standard feature.

You can also upgrade your Jeep Grand Cherokee engine to one of three available V8 engines. These are:

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8
  • 6.4L SRT® V8
  • 6.2L supercharged V8

These V8 engines can get up to 707 horsepower with the supercharged engine, while the top-tier engine in the Explorer only gets as high as 400 horsepower.

The V8 engines in the Jeep Grand Cherokee can also tow up to 7,200 pounds, which is 1,600 pounds more than the maximum towing capacity in the Ford Explorer.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

Capability and Handling

As local drivers ourselves, we know that the roadways can be a bit slick during certain seasons. That’s why we’re pleased to say that both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer help you drive confidently, whatever the weather, with their available 4-wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) systems.

Both vehicles also feature a traction-select system that lets you choose the drive mode you want based on the specific on- or off-road terrain you face. Drive modes for both new SUVs include settings for auto, snow, sand, and more.

One thing we noticed, however, is that the Ford Explorer only has the one AWD system to pick from while the Jeep Grand Cherokee gives you four different 4WD systems:

  • Quadra-Drive® II
  • Quadra-Trac II®
  • Quadra-Trac I®
  • Quadra-Trac® Active On Demand 4WD

By giving you multiple choices, the Grand Cherokee lets you choose the handling ability you need to maximize your drive. They also include full-time and part-time 4WD systems.

With just one AWD system, drivers in the Ford Explorer may not get the same level of optimized handling that they would from the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Will You Drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Explorer?

After reading our Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer comparison, you may know which one is going to be the most suited to your drives around Wilsonville, Woodburn, and Portland. When our team compared the two SUVs, we found that the Grand Cherokee offered a lot of features that we think adventurous drivers like you will appreciate.

To try it out for yourself, contact our Jeep dealership and we’ll put you behind the wheel. Contact us at Wilsonville CDJR to test drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee today!


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