2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Explorer 

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Q: What do you get when you cross unrivaled off-road capability with groundbreaking luxury? A: The legendary Jeep Grand Cherokee. Year after year, the Grand Cherokee keeps getting better with an upscale interior that puts it on par with luxury brands. And with its selection of 4x4 systems and available off-road equipment, the burly SUV wanders far past where tire tracks end for segment rivals.

Back from a full redesign this year, the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer makes some massive strides in off-road capability, and these changes could potentially make it an attractive prospect for adventurous spirits who often swear by the Jeep lineage. But are the changes enough to spar with the respected Grand Cherokee? That’s the question we’re putting to the test in our 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2020 Ford Explorer comparison.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2020 Ford Explorer

Starting MSRP $32,765
8.6 - 10.8 inches Ground Clearance 7.9 - 8.3 inches
36.2 cubic feet Cargo Volume 18.2 cubic feet
7,200 lbs. Max Tow Rating (Gas) 5,600 lbs.

What Are the Main Differences Between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer? 

One big difference between the Grand Cherokee and the Explorer is in passenger capacity. The 2020 Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV, while the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee remains limited to two rows for now. It is said that the highly anticipated fifth-generation Grand Cherokee will offer a three-row option. But if you can do without the extra seats for now, the 2020 Grand Cherokee promises a ride that makes it well worth your while.

The Grand Cherokee offers a selection of four engines, ranging from the standard 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 up to the Trailhawk’s powerful 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8. The Explorer, on the other hand, provides a choice between just two engines: a standard 300-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbo or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 rated for up to 400 horsepower.

And the Grand Cherokee’s superior engine selection is just one item in a long list of advantages. The Jeep SUV also holds its advanced 4x4 systems, better ground clearance, available skidplate protection and all-terrain tires. So, does the all-new Explorer take the Grand Cherokee in this SUV showdown? Not a chance.

We welcome you to experience the difference for yourself! Stop by the Fury Motors dealership in St. Paul, MN to test drive the lineup, or reach out to a dealership representative for more model details on the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize SUV.

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