2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

May 29th, 2018 by

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Mid-size SUVs show you mean business. Unlike their compact siblings, they can haul, they can tow, and they aren’t afraid to sling mud. In this pairing, we’ll compare the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Explorer. Which one isn’t afraid to get down and dirty? Keep reading.

Off-roading: Jeep Grand Cherokee

We need to get this category out of the way. It comes as no surprise that the Jeep Grand Cherokee wins this one. You’ll think nothing of turning onto a dirt or gravel road or fording a stream. If you’re into off-roading, the Trailhawk trim is your pick. It comes with Kevlar-reinforced off-road tires, red tow hooks, adjustable air suspension, and more.

By comparison, the Ford Explorer doesn’t do so well in the exploring department these days. In the past, the Ford Explorer was a capable off-roader but in recent years it’s forsaken its roots and caters more to the city and suburbia crowd. It still has some off-roading optional features like the Intelligent 4WD system and Hill Descent Control, but it’s no exaggeration to say that the Explorer’s best off-roading days are already behind it.

Power: Jeep Grand Cherokee

So the Grand Cherokee might be running the off-roading show, but what about raw power? For starters, you can have your pick of engines. There are four options, starting with the standard 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and capping at 707 horsepower with the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that comes with the Trailhawk. That’s blistering acceleration.

Meanwhile, the Ford Explorer has three engines. The base is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower. The top trims sport the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 with 365 horsepower. The Jeep Grand Cherokee wins this contest as well, with an additional engine option and impressive firepower.

Cargo and Towing: Jeep Grand Cherokee

There’s not much sense in driving a mid-size SUV if it doesn’t hold all your gear or groceries. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee does fine with 36 cubic feet of storage behind the back seat. Fold those seats down and you expand that to 68 cubes. In addition, the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 pounds when properly configured.

For all its accolades that suggest the opposite, the Ford Explorer just doesn’t hold what the Grand Cherokee can. It has 21 cubic feet of storage until you fold down the rear seats to make it 44 cubic feet. In fairness, you can also fold down the middle row to make it a whopping 81 cubic feet. But if you’re anything like us, you’d rather not fold the seats down unless absolutely necessary. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds when configured.

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