If you're shopping for a new SUV that’s built to both shred trails and provide a comfortable ride over paved roads, the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee are both excellent contenders. This comparison highlights some key factors drivers consider when choosing between the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Those interested can compare the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee side-by-side when they visit the team at Akins Ford near Atlanta, GA Though both qualify as midsize SUVs, the Ford Explorer has three rows of seating and the Grand Cherokee only has two. Still, the Grand Cherokee does make up for the lack of a backseat with about 2x more cargo space. The table below dives into some quick specs that better explain how that space is distributed in each SUV.
2021 Ford Explorer
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
|Up to 7 passengers||Seating Capacity||Up to 5 passengers|
|18.2 cubic feet||Cargo Volume||36.3 cubic feet|
|5,600 lbs.||Max. Towing Capacity||7,400 lbs.|
Every 2021 Ford Explorer has driver-assistance features like forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera with washer jet – all built into the starting price. On the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee the standard set of driver aids consists of blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. Additional features will cost extra to add.
On the flip side, the Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a more talented set of 4x4 systems, up to 8.6 inches of ground clearance, and more off-road specialized features than the Explorer can provide. And with a towing capacity up to 7,400 lbs. the Grand Cherokee is better suited to take the boat out to the lake on a weekend fishing trip.
Our verdict? The 2021 Ford Explorer is an overall more well-rounded family SUV, but the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the off-road credentials and performance to satisfy active, high intensity lifestyles.