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Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

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.

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2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,442 - $59,358

Used Asking Price:

$34,452 - $54,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,188 - $55,291

Used Asking Price:

$32,989 - $52,999

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

42.5%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.3 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

8.8 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

6 / 61
4 / 25
6 / 31

iSeeCars Rankings

8 / 25

Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Summary Review

The two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee combines go-anywhere capability with a high level of luxury. One of Jeep’s most popular models, the Grand Cherokee is available as a basic, affordable off-road SUV or a $90K high-performance variant, with several options in-between.

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Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Pros and Cons

  • Huge selection of trims
  • Unmatched performance on 707 hp Trackhawk trim
  • Capable of towing up to 7,200 pounds when properly equipped

  • No green (hybrid/electric) trims available 
  • Aging platform

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline, Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

Base, XLT, Limited, ST-Line, Timberline, ST, Platinum, King Ranch, Police Interceptor

Trim Levels

Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Summit, Trailhawk, Summit Reserve

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.41 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

260 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

358 / 501 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

19 / 26 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

437 / 598 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58 inches

Cargo Space:

37.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

70.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

144.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4238 lbs

Width:

84.6 inches

Height:

70.8 inches

Length:

193.5 inches

Wheelbase:

116.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P245/70R17