Looking for a new rugged midsize SUV to power your next adventure? If you’re like many other shoppers around Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie, TX, you’re probably considering the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer.
These vehicles have many similarities—so how do you decide which will meet your needs best? By reading this 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer car comparison, you’ll have some idea how these SUVs stack up against each other in several ways. If you want to learn more, reach out to us at Rockwall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR)!
Let’s start with the basics: What do these vehicles each have happening under the hood? You have much more power to work with when you go with the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When equipped with the available 2.0L I4 DOHC DI TURBO PHEV engine, you’ll get a whopping 470 lb-ft of torque. This is a hybrid powertrain, too!
With the Ford Explorer, you’ll get 3 different engine options, but the most power you’ll get with this model is 415 lb-ft of torque.
The Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 pounds when properly equipped. You can tow a larger boat than you’d be able to handle with the properly-equipped Explorer, whose most powerful V6 maxes out at 5,600 pounds of trailering capacity.
If you’re planning on using your Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Explorer on the trails, you’ll appreciate that each offers available 4-wheel drive (4WD). By sending power to all 4 wheels, the drivetrains in each of these vehicles will help you retain traction in low-grip environments.
Each vehicle offers drive modes to help you conquer various types of terrain, from sand to gravel and mud. In the Ford SUV, it’s the Terrain Management System™, and in the Jeep SUV, it’s the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System.
As a Jeep, the Grand Cherokee goes above and beyond in ways that the Explorer doesn’t. In the Trailhawk trim, a Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension System provides height control and gives the vehicle a ground clearance of 11.3 inches, enabling you to take on any kind of terrain.
Your next adventure wouldn’t be the same without quality entertainment. The standard Ford SYNC® and Jeep Uconnect® systems deliver with Bluetooth® wireless technology. This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding what these systems provide.
You’ll also get smartphone app integration, thanks to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ making your favorite apps accessible right on the infotainment screen. Additionally, you’ll get turn-by-turn navigation to all of your destinations.
Both models also offer Wi-Fi Hotspots, so you can stay connected no matter where your next adventure takes you.
However, the Grand Cherokee leaps ahead with the available 10-inch, full color Head-Up Display, which gives you important information on your windshield.
As you can see from our 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer comparison, these are both very capable midsize SUVs. They both perform well on- and off-road, but if you need a ride that can handle the heavy-duty stuff, the Grand Cherokee rises above.
Only you can say for sure which is better for your daily drives throughout Rockwall, Terrell, Rowlett, and Wylie, Texas. So, set up a test drive today at Rockwall CDJR and see if you like how the Grand Cherokee handles!