Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Ford Explorer, or the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee? This is a question that many drivers around OH and KY have been asking themselves-from Cincinnati to Newport to Covington and beyond. Calling in Fuller Ford to the rescue! We've created this comprehensive SUV comparison to help make your decision simpler.

If you have any further questions, or if you'd like to schedule a test drive, don't hesitate to contact us…

Right Off the Bat: Intelligent 4WD Capabilities

One of the first things that we noticed about the Ford Explorer is how it comes with the available Intelligent 4WD all-wheel drive system. This is perfect for maximizing traction in even the most challenging driving circumstances, due to either the road conditions or the inclement weather.

Plus, that feature includes Hill Descent Control, which should come in handy quite frequently.

Fortunately, when it comes to all-wheel drive systems, the Jeep Grand Cherokee matches up extraordinarily well. Its Quadra-Trac I® 4X4 System is remarkably comparable to the Ford's.

Performance: Ford Explorer versus Jeep Grand Cherokee

Now that we've seen how quickly the 2018 Explorer is coming out of the gate, let's dive a little deeper into some of the engines and capabilities that these full-size SUVs offer. Starting with the Ford model…

  • 3.5L EcoBoost® Engine: 356 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.3L EcoBoost® Engine: 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.5 L Ti-VCT V6 Engine: 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque

Plus, with Towing and Trailer Sway Control, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Curve Control, a Six-Speed Selectshift® Automatic Transmission, and more, you'll have all the performance-promoting systems that you'll need to support whichever horsepower and torque ratings you're working with…

Of course, we can't leave out the Explorer's Terrain Management System™. Depending on what the roads and the weather throw at you, you can select between Snow, Gravel, Sand, and Grass modes.

On the other hand, while the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee does allow you to choose between either its 6.4L HEMI® SRT V8 Engine or its Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 Engine, that's only a choice between a mere two engines. Let's not forget that, in the engine department, the Ford gives you three options.

Interior Dimensions: 2018 Explorer vs 2018 Grand Cherokee

Now we've arrived at the part where we tell you just how big the Ford Explorer's cabin really is. When you're dealing with three full rows, that adds up to some hefty headroom and legroom totals. Look…

  • Front Headroom: 41.4 inches
  • Second Headroom: 40.6 inches
  • Third Headroom: 37.8 inches
  • Front Legroom: 42.9 inches
  • Second Legroom: 39.5 inches
  • Third Legroom: 33.3 inches

And let's not omit cargo, either. The 2018 Ford Explorer lets you customize your cargo space, choosing either all the rows up (21 cubic feet), the third row down (43.9 cubic feet), or the second and third rows down (81.7 cubic feet). Even with all the rows down, the Jeep Grand Cherokee only achieves 68.3 cu. ft.

Contact us today at Fuller Ford to set up your 2018 Explorer test drive!

It would appear that those cargo capacities just sealed the deal on an argument that was already leaning towards the 2018 Ford Explorer. So, if you live near Covington, Newport, or Cincinnati, please reach out to us as soon as you can to get behind the wheel of this powerful, capable, and spacious SUV. Give us a call today!


1EPA-estimated city/hwy MPG for the model indicated. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

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