2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Explorer

When it comes to finding the ideal midsize SUV for a busy family, there are plenty of options on the road. In this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison, we are going to look at a couple of the heavy hitters in this segment and see which one might be good for the family or the individual with a desire for adventure or performance. While both of these vehicles are technically midsize, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is two-row model, while the 2017 Ford Explorer offers three rows. This allows the Grand Cherokee to deliver better maneuverability and fuel-efficiency, but may not be as good for shoppers with larger families.

One area where the smaller size of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee pays off is when it comes to off-road confidence. This versatile and fearless vehicle is able to go places that the 2017 Ford Explorer would be afraid to tread because it is optimized for trails and rocks as well as being comfortable on the road.

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Performance VS Style
$30,395 Starting MSRP $31,660
3.6-L V6 (295 hp) Base Engine 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp)
19/26 mpg Base Mileage 17/24 mpg
Five Maximum Passengers Seven

Engine Options on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

When it comes to power in all driving conditions, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers plenty of options. Its base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 rated for 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This is just slightly more output than the 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque that comes standard on the 3.5-liter V6 base engine on the 2017 Ford Explorer, but it comes at a lower base price and also offers better fuel economy. The 2017 Ford Explorer is also available with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. The alternative engine options on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee are a 5.7-liter V8 rated for 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and a fuel-efficient turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 that offers 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The 2017 Ford Explorer does not have a diesel engine option.

In addition to the confident base engine power, and pleasing engine options available on the Jeep midsize SUV, in this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison the Jeep also offers some of the best off-roading options. Both SUVs are available with all-wheel drive, but only the Grand Cherokee offers a dedicated model that can handle the toughest trails. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has features like an electronic limited-slip rear differential, skid plates, off-road tires and low-range gearing, all of which can help it excel in the roughest environments.

For more information on this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison, or to test drive a Jeep SUV today, contact a member of the Fury Motors South St. Paul sales team today.

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