Difference Between: 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Explorer

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Having five seats, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV boasts stunning off-road capabilities and superb on-road attributes. Spacious enough for seven people, the 2021 Ford Explorer SUV offers premium amenities and dynamic mechanical features.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

$34,645 – $88,365*

19/26 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)




Horsepower, 3.6-Liter V-6 Engine

2021 Ford Explorer

$32,675 – $52,480

27/29 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)




Horsepower, 2.3-Liter I-4 Engine

Performance Features

Performance Features

Available with a supercharged V-8 engine, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most powerful production SUV in the world. The 6.2-liter engine is customized exclusively for the all-new Trackhawk edition. Designed for drag competitions, this incredible SUV extracts up to 707 horsepower from the HEMI powertrain. In fact, the aggressive Trackhawk clocks in 3.5 seconds for a 0-60 MPH run on the drag strip. With leverage from the Launch Control, this dynamic Jeep SUV rapidly takes off from a stationary position. Additionally, the supercharged HEMI powerplant pumps out 645 pound-feet of peak torque. Rated at 400 hp and 415 lb-ft, a 3.0-liter engine from the EcoBoost series is the most powerful option for the 2021 Ford Explorer. Paired with twin turbochargers, this V-6 powertrain doesn’t challenge the supercharged HEMI powertrain at all. In fact, the Grand Cherokee’s 6.4-L HEMI engine is more powerful than the twin-turbo engine. Other options under the hood of this Jeep SUV include the 5.7-L HEMI and 3.6-L Pentastar engines. The midsize Ford SUV can’t tow more than 5,600 pounds. When running on a V-8 powerplant, the Jeep model beats this towing capacity by up to 1,600 pounds.

Off-Road Features

Off-Road Capabilities

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee once again wears Jeep’s prestigious Trail Rated badge. Such an honor is based on superb off-road performance in several distinct categories, including articulation, maneuverability, and water fording. You can choose between the Quadra-Trac and Quadra-Drive 4×4 systems for this robust SUV that’s more than ready to tackle a wide range of landscapes. From rocks and sand to mud and gravel, this acclaimed model gets good traction on various surfaces. You can engage the appropriate driving mode from the Terrain Management System. The 2021 Ford Explorer’s Intelligent 4WD System doesn’t match the off-road prowess of Jeep’s legendary 4×4 drive. However, this three-row Ford SUV offers the TMS with a handful of settings for navigating off-road trails, such as the Deep Sand/Snow. Kevlar tires, skid plates, high-air intakes, and locking differentials are some notable mechanical features that give the Grand Cherokee the ultimate advantage over the Explorer and other rivals in the same class. When riding on the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension, this Trail Rated SUV also achieves best-in-class ground clearance.

Safety Features

Safety Features

Available in three versions, the ProTech Group adds a handful of active safety technologies to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Some crash-mitigation features on the menu for this Trail Rated model include the Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. Similarly, the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety bundle is available in several editions for the 2021 Ford Explorer. Both premium SUVs offer multiple cameras and parking aids with sensors and alerts.

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*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.