2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2016 Ford Explorer

When you need power and adventuring options, it's hard to find a perfectly balanced vehicle. Drivers looking for an ideal SUV for all their adventures may want to compare the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs the 2016 Ford Explorer. While these are not the same size vehicle, each one may be an option for the active family in need of a reliable model. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV crossover that seats five passengers. It is available in five trim levels and with a variety of on- and off-roading features. On the other hand, the 2016 Ford Explorer is a large crossover SUV with three rows of seating. It also has five trim levels and can seat up to seven passengers.

For being such a large vehicle, as far as seating, the 2016 Ford Explorer can seem somewhat underpowered. Its base engine delivers 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, which is, in both cases, 5 less than the engine output on the base trim of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee engine can also tow up to 3,500 pounds on the base Laredo trim, while the base Explorer tops out at 2,000 pounds. If drivers need interior seating for more than five passengers, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is clearly out of the running, but when it comes to towing the boat or a trailer along on a vacation, this same SUV pulls ahead of the larger Ford.

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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2016 Ford Explorer
$29,995 Starting MSRP $31,050
 3.6-L V6 (295 hp) Standard Engine 3.5-L V6 (290 hp)
19 mpg (city) 26 mpg (highway) Mileage 17 mpg (city), 24 mpg (highway)
5 Passengers 7

Luggage and Efficiency on the 2016 Grand Cherokee

In this 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2016 Ford Explorer comparison, the Jeep also holds the advantages when it comes to luggage space. While the passenger volume and max cargo volume (that is, the number you get when you fold the backs seats down) is certainly greater on the 2016 Ford Explorer, if you need transportation for only five people the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers significantly more luggage space. This SUV has 36.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the Explorer has just 21 cubic feet of space behind its third row. That means a lot more place for bags and equipment for the family.

In addition to cargo and power advantages, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee has better gas mileage than the 2016 Ford Explorer, unless you opt for the premium SRT trim. In that case Jeep owners trade out fuel-efficiency for the pavement-burning fun of a 6.4-liter V8 engine rated for 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The base Grand Cherokee comes standard with front dual-zone automatic climate control, and its available Uconnect infotainment system is one of the most user-friendly touchscreen interfaces in the automotive industry. This model is also available with many of the premium off-road features that have put Jeep on the map, and is also available with a fuel-sipping diesel engine option.

While a large family may need to look for a larger vehicle, car shoppers looking for an affordable, well-equipped midsize SUV with confident power should definitely take a look at the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. For more information on this comparison, or to schedule your test drive in South St. Paul, contact a member of our Fury Motors team today.

red 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the city
rear view of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
grey 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee on the road
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee sunroof

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