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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee


Ford Explorer
$32,240 MSRP

Starting Price

$36,675 MSRP

7 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

Whether you’re gearing up for an off-road journey in Old Saybrook or a family vacation around Middletown, it takes a special vehicle to handle the demands of the Madison driver. Many customers find themselves choosing between the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer. While the Ford Explorer has its strong points, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more versatility with a lower price point. Take a look at the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer head-to-head:

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Configurations and Price

If you don’t want to break the bank around New London, you might prefer the lower price point of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee starts at $32,240 MSRP, while the Explorer has a higher price point of $36,675 MSRP. Additionally, the Jeep lineup includes seven different Grand Cherokee configurations – which means you can get exactly the features that you want. The Ford Explorer only offers four options.

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Performance

We’ve already touched on the wide range of options available for the Grand Cherokee trims, but the Grand Cherokee also offers more powertrain options with higher performance capabilities. See for yourself:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options

  • Standard Engine: 295-hp 3.6L V6 with 260 lb-ft of torque
  • Next Upgrade: 360-hp 5.7L V8 with of 390 lb-ft of torque
  • Performance Upgrade: 475-hp 6.4L V8 with 470 lb-ft of torque
  • The Trackhawk: supercharged 6.2L V8 with 707 hp

Ford Explorer Engine Options

  • Standard Engine: 300-hp 2.3L Turbocharged, Direct Injection Ti-VCT EcoBoost® I-4
  • Performance Upgrade: 400-hp 3.0L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6
  • Hybrid: 318-hp 3.3L Hybrid with 336 lb-ft of torque

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Off-Road Capabilities

If you want to explore outdoors without restrictions, then you’ll need a vehicle that can handle truly tough terrain and harsh weather conditions. That’s where Jeep’s legendary capabilities come in. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers unique off-road benefits that the Ford Explorer just can’t match, like:

  • Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System: This 4×4 system adjusts power to the front and rear wheels to maximize your performance. Plus, you can customize your drive mode for everything from snow to mud.
  • Trail Rated® Badging is another Jeep exclusive, which highlights the brand’s intensive testing process. Vehicles with this badge offer exceptional maneuverability, traction, articulation, and ground clearance.
  • 4×4 Quadra-Drive® II system boosts your traction with help from Rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, which means you’re prepared for any forecast.

Explore Your Options at Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

Between the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer, we think that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the clear winner. It offers greater customization, better performance, and a lower price! Contact us with any questions about the lineup or the Jeep Grand Cherokee interior, or feel free to drop by Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM in Old Saybrook for a test drive.

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