2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee 

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Over time, the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Cherokee have become two extremely well-known names in the SUV segment. Today, the Ford Explorer takes the form of a midsize crossover, while the Jeep Cherokee flaunts a smaller build as a compact crossover. Although these two SUVs compete in different segments, vehicle shoppers looking for an attractive features list and a reputation for sterling reliability may find both models on their shopping list. Read on to see how these two SUVs stack up to one another in this comparison of the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

The biggest differentiator between the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is in seating capacity. The Ford Explorer’s 3-row layout features seating for up to 7 passengers, while the Jeep Cherokee caps its seating at 5 passengers with 2 rows of seating.

2019 Ford Explorer 


2019 Jeep Cherokee 

$32,365  Starting MSRP  $25,045 
7 passengers  Max Seating Capacity  5 passengers 
43.8 cubic feet  Cargo Space (behind 2nd row)  25.8 cubic feet 
280 hp - 365 hp  Horsepower  180 hp - 270 hp 

Comparing the Engine Specs and Capability of the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Jeep Cherokee  

Both the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Cherokee offer three distinct engine options. The two SUVs also come standard with front-wheel drive and feature optional all-wheel drive.

2019 Ford Explorer Engine Options:

  • 3.5-liter V6 (290 horsepower, 255 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • 2.3-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (280 hp, 310 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (365 hp, 350 lb.-ft. of torque)

2019 Jeep Cherokee Engine Options:

  • 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (180 hp, 171 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • 3.2-liter V6 (271 hp, 239 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (270 hp, 295 lb.-ft. of torque)

As you can see, the Ford Explorer lineup offers significantly more power than the Jeep Cherokee from base level to the top of the line. In fact, the Cherokee’s top-tier 2.0-liter turbo (270 hp) can’t even match the power provided by the Explorer’s base 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp).