Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

With the popularity of midsize SUVs comes plenty of options within the class. Two models that are top choices if you are looking to get yourself a new midsize SUV are the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021 Ford Explorer.

Depending on the type of driving you’ll be doing around Findlay, Tiffin, and Fremont, you may find that one is better suited for your needs. To find out, our Findlay CDJR team takes a closer look below at the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer.

Jeep Grand Cherokee


Ford Explorer

36.3 cubic feet

Rear Cargo Volume

18.2 cubic feet


Android Auto™/Apple CarPlay®



Trim Levels


Jeep Grand Cherokee Tech

Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

Grand Cherokee vs Explorer: Performance Capabilities

Each of these SUVs performs well during your normal commute to work, while running errands at the store, and when heading to various activities. When looking more closely at the specs, though, you’ll notice that the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers some added capabilities that the Explorer can’t match.


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Ford Explorer

Maximum Horsepower



Towing Capacity

7,200 pounds

5,600 pounds

Maximum Ground Clearance

10.8 inches

7.9 inches

Thanks to its strong powertrain options, you can see how the Grand Cherokee is able to tow larger equipment. Plus, with its high available ground clearance and available 4X4 system, it performs just as well off-road as it does on-road.

While the Ford Explorer does offer an available 4WD system, it isn’t tuned for off-roading performance like the available Quadra Drive® II system found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This system can send as much engine torque as needed to a single wheel to give this Jeep SUV excellent traction over any terrain.

Inside the Grand Cherokee vs Explorer

Both SUVs also offer plenty of cargo capabilities inside their cabins. Beyond the space they provide, you’ll notice that the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more features and design options. The 2021 Grand Cherokee offers the Uconnect® 4 system, which features:

-7-inch touchscreen

-Apple CarPlay®

-Android Auto™

With its standard smartphone integration, you can connect to your phone so you can make calls, have texts read to you, listen to any of your playlists, and even control other applications with your voice. The Explorer comes with a more basic multimedia system that doesn’t allow for that same level of personalized connection and convenience.

Design Options of the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee InteriorThe 2021 Grand Cherokee also offers a handful of trim levels, and each have their own unique style. Enjoy the luxury in the Overland with its Nappa leather-trimmed seating and CommandView® Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof or the Summit with its available Laguna leather seats, diamond pattern seat bolsters, and open-pore wood interior. Other unique options include:

-The sporty SRT with its flat-bottom steering wheel and available red seatbelts.

-The rugged Trailhawk with its distinctive seats with bolster support, sueded inserts, and red stitching.

-The refined High Altitude with its black Nappa leather-trimmed seats with black accent stitching.

With just five trim levels, the Ford Explorer has limited options in comparison. While there are available leather seats with the 2021 Explorer, none offer the same stitching options and color combinations as you will find with the 2021 Grand Cherokee.

2021 Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Explorer: Time to Choose Your New SUV!

Drivers in Findlay, Tiffin, and Fremont looking for a stylish, truly versatile, and high-tech SUV will want the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can come get a closer look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee now at Findlay CDJR. Just contact us to schedule a test drive, and our team can show you the various trim levels we have for sale.

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