2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2021 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

Engine Options

707 hp / 645 lb-ft of torque

Maximum Output

400 hp / 415 lb-ft of torque

Need a new SUV that’s off-road capable and comfortable for the whole family? If you’ve had the chance to start your research, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer have likely made their way to the top of your list. But when it comes down to Jeep vs. Ford, which 3-row SUV has the features you desire most on your adventures in Benbrook and beyond? In this Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer head-to-head, the team at Moritz Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram compares their engine options, interior features, and more to help you make the call. Check it out below, and then head to our online inventory to see what’s on our lot right now in Fort Worth!

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: Engine Options

You know you can expect solid performance and proven reliability from both brands, so it’s no surprise that the Grand Cherokee and the Explorer have a lot in common under the hood. However, it’s worth noting that while the Explorer base engine has a slight edge in terms of horsepower, the top Grand Cherokee configuration outputs an incredible 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque — more than double what the Explorer can muster at the top of the lineup. Below, we’ll run the numbers on Jeep vs. Ford performance for a closer look.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines

3.6L V6

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


  • 475 hp and 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

  • 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque
  • 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 and 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 and 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 and 322 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 mpg city/26 mpg highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: Off-Roading Features

True capability means more than hauling heavy on the road in Weatherford. Your SUV must also handle varied terrain and challenging weather conditions with ease — so who does it better: Jeep vs. Ford? The Ford Explorer Terrain Management System offers seven selectable drive modes, allowing you to customize performance for optimal traction and stability. But there’s a reason that Jeep SUVs are legendary for their off-road capability, and it all starts with Jeep 4×4 technology. Like other Jeep models, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with advanced technology to keep you in control and protect your cargo, even when the going gets tough. The Jeep Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ includes features such as:

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

Test Drive a New Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale in Fort Worth 

If you’re looking to learn more about Jeep models and technology, we’re here to help! Stop by our dealership near Azle to see how much you can save on a new Jeep Grand Cherokee with our current finance specials, or to explore our lifted Jeep specials. Contact us to schedule your test drive today!


*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

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