In comparing the 2018 Ford Explorer's and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and interior volume. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the 2018 Ford Explorer's and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a better car than the 2018 Ford Explorer.
2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Pricing
A used 2018 Ford Explorer ranges from $17,499 to $32,448 while a used 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is priced between $19,885 to $43,817.
2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 Ford Explorer loses 46.2 percent of its value and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee loses 42.5 percent of its value. This means the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee retains 3.7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 Ford Explorer.
2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Explorer is 8.2 out of 10 while the Jeep Grand Cherokee's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Ford Explorer being ranked 13 out of 30 Best Midsize SUVs and the Jeep Grand Cherokee being ranked 6 out of 30. Out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs, the Ford Explorer is ranked 18 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is ranked 8. The Ford Explorer is also ranked 18 out of 55 Best 5-seater SUVs while the Jeep Grand Cherokee is ranked 11 out of 55.
2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Ford Explorer is 8.6 out of 10. For the Jeep Grand Cherokee the reliability rating is 8.6 out of 10. This gives the Jeep Grand Cherokee a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Ford Explorer.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee base engine makes 295 horsepower. The Explorer is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 446 miles. The Grand Cherokee is rated to deliver an average of 21 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 640 miles. This gives the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2018 Ford Explorer. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The 2018 Ford Explorer, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a midsize SUV, has the advantage in the area of cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the 2018 Ford Explorer has higher safety ratings than the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.66 out of 5 Stars.
The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize SUVs offer a diverse range of trim levels and powertrains. In addition to 3-row seating, a 2022 redesign of the Grand Cherokee brought exterior and interior styling improvements that far surpass the aesthetics of the Explorer. Pricing is a little more accessible for the Explorer, both at the entry level and among the high-end off-road and performance versions. While the Explorer employs a 4-cylinder engine on lower trim levels, the Grand Cherokee offers standard V6 power and optional V8s with horsepower aplenty and better tow ratings. However, Ford’s EcoBoost 4-cylinder provides better fuel economy across the board and, surprisingly, makes more power than Jeep’s standard V6. Both the Explorer and Grand Cherokee are capable off-road, yet the Jeep offers capabilities the Ford simply can’t match. There’s more passenger and cargo room in the Explorer, while the Grand Cherokee has more comfortable seats. The standard UConnect infotainment system in the Grand Cherokee offers a bigger screen and better user experience than the Explorer.