2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer

white grand cherokee vs white ford explorer

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2021 Ford Explorer


Starting MSRP


Trim Levels

3.6L V6

Base Engine

2.3L EcoBoost I-4
293 hp

Base Horsepower

300 hp
707 hp, 645 lb-ft of torque

Maximum Output

400 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque

Engine Options


If you’re searching for a rugged and capable SUV for your family adventures, then you’re probably considering a 2021 Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee, but how do they compare? Both SUVs provide outstanding performance but read on and you’ll see that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has the edge over the Ford Explorer, especially in off-road abilities. Compare the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee here with Sharp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, and contact us to test drive a new Jeep Grand Cherokee today.

Explorer vs. Grand Cherokee: Engine Performance

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer are perfect for those Columbia drivers that are looking to upgrade their commute and enjoy weekend adventures to the fullest. 


  • The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has four engine options to choose from. 
  • The Ford Explorer only provides three engine options. The Ford Explorer base engine has a bit more power on its base engine, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers nearly twice as much horsepower than the Ford Explorer on its top-of-the-line engine. 


Check out the Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee engine specs below:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines

3.6L V6 Engine:

  • 293 hp
  • 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 19 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity

6.4L V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS Engine:

  • 475 hp 
  • 470 lb-ft of torque
  • 13 mpg city/ 19 mpg highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity

6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Engine: 

  • 707 hp
  • 645 lb-ft
  • 11 mpg city/ 17 mpg highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity 

Ford Explorer Engines 

2.3L EcoBoost I-4

  • 300 hp
  • 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 21 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 5,300-pound towing capacity


3.0L EcoBoost V6

  • 400 hp
  • 415 lb-ft of torque
  • 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 5,600-pound towing capacity

3.3L Hybrid

  • 318 hp
  • 322 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 mpg city/26 mpg highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

Explorer vs. Grand Cherokee: Off-Road Ability

If you’re looking for an SUV that can handle the road less traveled around Lawerenceburg, then the Jeep Grand Cherokee is for you! Not only does the Grand Cherokee come with the renowned Jeep 4×4 technology, but it also includes advanced off-road features to ensure a safer and more enjoyable trail experience. The Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ on the Jeep Grand Cherokee includes the following

  • LED Headlamps with Auto High Beams
  • Hill Descent Control ™
  • 180-degree camera with split-view and washer
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control ™


The 2021 Ford Explorer also has an off-road system called the Terrain Management System. It has selectable drive modes for up to seven driving conditions to improve vehicle traction and stability on Lewisburg roads and beyond. However, when comparing Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee on performance tests, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Terrain Management System™ comes out the winner every time!

Test Drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Sharp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

Now that you’ve compared the Ford Explorer vs. Grand Cherokee, you’re probably eager to get behind the wheel of a new Jeep Grand Cherokee. If so, contact us to get the process started. You can complete a finance application from the comfort of your home! Reach out to us at Sharp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM if you have any questions. We look forward to serving you!


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