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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2020 Ford Explorer



Trim Configurations

3.6L V6

Base Engine

2.3L EcoBoost I-4
293 hp

Standard Power Output

300 hp

Number of Engine Choices

707 hp, 645 lb-ft of torque

Maximum Power Output

400 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque

On the hunt for a luxurious and capable midsize SUV near Williston? If you haven’t already explored the Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee, they’re both fantastic SUV choices. Still, only one will wind up in your garage or driveway in Stanley or Watford City. Whether you wind up deciding on the Ford Explorer or the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, if you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help. Now, let’s dive into what makes the Grand Cherokee a great alternative to the Ford Explorer!

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Performance

Whether you opt for the Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee, both offer excellent performance capabilities. Still, the Grand Cherokee provides more powertrain flexibility than the Explorer:

  • The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee gives you four engine options for helping you get either higher MPGs or more power on Stanley roadways, whichever you value most.
  • The Ford Explorer only offers three engine options. Though it’s worth noting that the base Explorer engine provides more power than the base Grand Cherokee engine, it’s also true that the most powerful Grand Cherokee engine packs in nearly twice as much power as the most top-tier Ford Explorer engine.

Curious to learn more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer? Find out specifics below with Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge:

Ford Explorer

The Explorer gives you three powertrain options, the first two being EcoBoost gas engines and the third being a hybrid gas-electric option:

2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Engine:

  • 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 Engine:

  • 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 Engine: 

  • 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

Whereas the Ford Explorer boasts a hybrid option, the Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts several high-performance options that the Explorer lineup simply can’t compete with, as listed below:

3.6L V6 Engine:

  • 293 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque
  • 19 MPG City/ 26 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity

5.7L V8 Engine: 

  • 360 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque
  • 17 MPG City/ 23 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity

6.4L HEMI SRT V8 Engine:

  • 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 HEMI V8 Engine: 

  • 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque
  • 11 MPG City/ 17 MPG Highway EPA Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 7,200-pound towing capacity

Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Off-Road Ability

Searching for a new SUV that provides ample off-road capabilities to take the road less traveled around Dickinson? In a choice of Explorer or Grand Cherokee, you’re only going to want to explore trails with the Grand Cherokee, thanks to its unique Jeep DNA and advanced off-road features like Intelligent 4WD with a special Terrain Management System™. What exactly does this system include? Here are some highlights:

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

The Ford Explorer offers an off-road system with selectable drive modes for up to seven conditions to improve vehicle stability and traction over rough road surfaces. That said, when you compare it to the Grand Cherokee system in performance tests, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Terrain Management System™ comes out far ahead.

Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Ryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge

We hope we’ve been helpful in your decision to purchase a Ford Explorer or Jeep Cherokee near Billings! If you’re leaning towards the Grand Cherokee but want to learn more about its interior features or how it compares to the Cherokee or Jeeps, contact us! We’re here to answer all your questions! We’ll also be there when it comes time to finance your next Jeep SUV.

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