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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Ford Explorer XLT RWD

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Grand Cherokee

2020 Explorer



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

Are you interested in the rugged and renowned quality that comes with the Ford Explorer or Grand Cherokee? Whether you’re taking your crossover into your favorite weekend fun in New Orleans or you’re hitting the trails around Marrero for true off-roading, comparing the Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee is a crucial step in redefining your driving experience.

While both have significant advantages, the dynamic performance and flexibility the new Grand Cherokee offers outpaces the Ford Explorer, and for a better price point. Explore the Ford Explorer vs. Grand Cherokee comparison from Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to find your next SUV!

2020 Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Configurations and Pricing

For those Gretna drivers looking for a wealth of amenities alongside performance for a price that doesn’t break the bank, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an exceptional option. Starting at $32,240 MSRP, the Grand Cherokee outmatches the 2020 Ford Explorer by head and shoulders, whose starting MSRP of $36,675 simply doesn’t compete. 

When comparing the Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee, the range available to drivers also reveals the Grand Cherokee as the more flexible, with seven possible configurations compared to the four of the Ford Explorer. 

2020 Grand Cherokee at an Overlook

2020 Explorer or Grand Cherokee: Performance

While on the base trim, the Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee appear relatively evenly matched in terms of power generated, the range of options the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers and its superior maximum levels of performance comes more affordably than the Ford Explorer:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options

  • Standard Engine: a 295-hp 3.6L V6 yielding 260 lb-ft of torque
  • Next Upgrade: a 360-hp 5.7L V8 capable of 390 lb-ft of torque
  • Performance Engine: a 475-hp 6.4L V8 wielding 470 lb-ft of torque
  • The Trackhawk: a supercharged 6.2L V8 delivers that delivers an unmatched 707 hp

Ford Explorer Engine Options

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

It should be noted that the Ford Explorer does have a hybrid engine option, while the efficient new Jeep lineup is still working on introducing their hybrid options. 

2020 Grand Cherokee vs. Explorer: Drivetrain

Another major distinction between the Jeep Cherokee and Ford Explorer is their off-roading capabilities. To compare the Ford Explorer vs. Grand Cherokee, the question of their drivetrain is a significant one. See below for the off-road features of the Jeep Grand Cherokee: 

  • With the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System you can adjust how 4×4 power is distributed to the front and rear wheels, letting you customize for snow, mud, and sand with the turn of a knob tailored to your driving style around New Orleans.
  • The Trail Rated® badge from Jeep means your SUV is designed to handle serious water fording. It also indicates that there are systems in place for exceptional maneuverability, traction, articulation, and ground clearance. 
  • Thanks to the 4×4 Quadra-Drive® II system with Rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential you have all-weather capability that delivers traction in just about any condition.

In comparison, the Ford Explorer does offer a dial-controlled Terrain Management System and Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive, capable of modest off-roading potential. However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has the more advanced systems for real performance. 

2020 Grand Cherokee off-roading

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Now that you have compared the Ford Explorer vs. Grand Cherokee head to head, which will it be? Explorer or Grand Cherokee? For those who want a durable and road-ready SUV, the Grand Cherokee is an ideal option. Explore its potential when you take a test drive in Harvey, or see how it matches up against other models. Don’t hesitate to contact us at Ray Brandt Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to find your next incredible crossover.

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