2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer

In the market for a new SUV? This class can be tough to shop in, as some models are designed for basic transportation needs, and others are designed with more exciting activities in mind. At first glance, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Explorer might seem similar, but the Explorer is lacking in a few areas. Find out more in this comparison from New Carlisle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Off-Road Capability

When it comes to trail-ready excitement, few models are as capable as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Trailhawk trim is ready to tackle mud and steep grades outside of Springfield, OH. The following features are included with the rugged trim level:

  • Four-Wheel Drive with Low-Range Gearing
  • Adjustable Air Suspension
  • Hill Ascent and Descent Control
  • Electronic Limited-Slip Rear Differential
  • Underbody Skid Plates

Unfortunately, you won’t find these features included with any trim of the Ford Explorer. It’s engineered for paved roads, not off-road adventure.

Standard Performance

Even in the base trim, the Jeep Grand Cherokee comes out ahead. If you’d like some extra power while driving down Interstate 75 through Troy, OH, you’ll want to see how each model’s engine performs:

  • The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine that puts out 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
  • The 2017 Ford Explorer uses a 3.5L V6 to supply 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. That gets close to the Grand Cherokee, but can’t quite catch up.

On top of that, the Grand Cherokee can be equipped with a diesel engine for superior torque, an option that’s not available with the Explorer.

Drive the Grand Cherokee Today

If you’d like your next SUV to include more exciting performance and rugged capability, the choice is clear. At New Carlisle CDJR, we’re proud to carry the latest edition of this trail-ready model, as well as a fine selection of used Grand Cherokee models, plus a wide selection of used SUVs of all kinds. Best of all, when you visit our showroom you’ll find that we use a Customer First approach that sets us apart from other dealerships. Schedule a test drive to see how the Grand Cherokee handles for yourself, or visit us at 580 N. Main St. in New Carlisle, OH.