2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Explorer
8.6 in
Ground Clearance
7.9 in
24.6 gal
Fuel Capacity
18.6 gal
36.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Space
18.2 cu. ft
Optional
Four-Wheel-Drive
Not Available

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Buying a new SUV is an exhilarating time, but it can also be incredibly stressful! With so many makes and models out there, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you and your family. Luckily, we here at Bud's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep want to help! We have taken two of the top SUVs on the market in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer, and compared them. Both of these SUVs have powerful engines and tons of exciting features, but which one does our staff think you should be driving home? For the answer, continue reading!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

If you want an SUV with a ton of power, you've come to the right place with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee! There are four amazing engines to choose from, with most trims coming standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. On the Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit, you have the option of a 5.7-liter V8 that kicks out 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Looking to take things up a notch, the SRT comes standard with a 6.4-liter V8 that cranks the horsepower up to 470 and the torque to 475 lb-ft. If that's still not enough power for you, there is the Trackhawk trim! It comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that pumps out an amazing 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. All engines of the Grand Cherokee pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear or four-wheel-drive. Going with the SRT of Trackhawk gets you a performance-oriented four-wheel-drive system.

2021 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

Only two engine options are available for the 2021 Ford Explorer, but you do get a decent amount of power with both of them. Most trims come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter that delivers 303 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. More power is derived from the ST trim, which comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with a decent 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. You get both engines with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive though you do get the option of all-wheel-drive if you choose. These power numbers are certainly impressive, but they are less than what the Grand Cherokee has.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

Seven trim levels are available for the Grand Cherokee, and each one comes with an impressive amount of tech and luxury features. The Laredo starts things off with 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Limited is next, and it builds off the Laredo with a sunroof, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Looking to take your Grand Cherokee into the wilderness? The Trailhawk is perfect for that as it comes with all-terrain tires, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, underbody skid plates, off-road-tuned air suspension, all-terrain drive modes, and ventilated front seats. Higher trims of the Grand Cherokee bring in more premium features such as xenon headlights, all-leather seating, a power-adjustable steering column, chrome exterior trim, Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and black exterior trim.

2021 Ford Explorer Features & Design

Five trims are available for the Explorer, and there are some interesting features available on each. Kicking things off is the base that comes standard with a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XLT is next, and it mixes in roof rails, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, and second-row USB ports. The most luxury items are available with the Limited as it has interior ambient lighting, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, and a 12-speaker audio system. Higher trims have more performance-oriented features such as paddle shifters, sport front seats, an automated parking system, adaptive headlights, a digital gauge cluster display, and a Class 3 Trailer Tow package.

Conclusion:

While we found plenty to like with both of these models, we will give the victory to the 2021 Grand Cherokee! The Grand Cherokee has more powerful engine options, and the seven trim levels offer more features than the Explorers five. We can't wait for you to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Grand Cherokee, so head down to Bud's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and schedule a test drive with our knowledgeable and friendly sales team. We can tell you about all the ins and outs of the Grand Cherokee as you take a test drive! Can't make it down to the dealership? Be sure to check out our entire Grand Cherokee inventory here on our website.


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