In comparing the Ford Explorer Platinum's and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit's specifications and ratings, the Ford Explorer Platinum has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability, resale value and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer Platinum's and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
Ford Explorer Platinum vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Pricing
A used 2023 Ford Explorer Platinum ranges from $53,994 to $62,989 while a used 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is priced between $55,124 to $70,931. For a new model, the Ford Explorer Platinum's price is between $57,175 and $62,431, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit priced between $60,745 and $71,618.
Ford Explorer Platinum vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Ford Explorer Platinum loses 46.2 percent of its value and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit loses 42.5 percent of its value. This means the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit retains 3.7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Ford Explorer Platinum.
Ford Explorer Platinum vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 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.
Ford Explorer Platinum vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 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 Ford Explorer Platinum’s base engine makes 400 horsepower, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit base engine makes 293 horsepower. The Platinum is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 505 miles. The Summit is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 598 miles. This gives the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Ford Explorer Platinum. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Ford Explorer Platinum, 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, a midsize SUV, has the advantage in the area of cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Ford Explorer Platinum has higher safety ratings than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.66 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Ford Explorer Platinum has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.
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.