Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ford Explorer
At a Glance: Grand Cherokee vs. Explorer
Jeep Grand Cherokee

It’s only natural to compare two similar models. That’s why the team at Woodstock Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) has broken down the similarities and differences between two of the top SUVs in the automotive industry: the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2023 Ford Explorer.

We’ve put them side by side to see which one comes out on top. If you’re a driver near Marietta, Kennesaw, and Canton, GA, keep reading and find out how you can test drive the winning model.



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Select a category below to learn more about how the Jeep Grand Cherokee compares to the Ford Explorer.
Jeep Grand Cherokee

SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer can do it all. They can make your next adventure interesting by towing along a recreational toy. They can navigate the great outdoors with ease. They can even tackle hour-long commutes. So, which SUV does enough for you?

Performing on All Terrain

Though the models differ in terms of their engine configurations, they do offer similar systems when dealing with tough terrain. The Explorer enlists help from available Intelligent 4WD with a Terrain Management System™, while the Grand Cherokee utilizes its available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System.

However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup goes the extra mile by introducing its Trailhawk model. This trim is specifically designed with enhanced off-road capability and comes Trail Rated®. This rating identifies the vehicle’s abilities in the following five categories:

  • Water fording: The model’s standard Quadra-Lift® Suspension System can assist drivers through up to 24 inches of water.
  • Ground clearance: The Trailhawk provides 10.9 inches of ground clearance between the underside of the SUV and the road below, so you can easily clear uneven roadways and obstacles.
  • Articulation: Thanks to higher levels of articulation, the model maintains stability throughout all four tires.
  • Traction: The available Jeep 4x4 systems can maximize traction when you need it most.
  • Maneuverability: Precise steering and cornering allows the vehicle to maneuver around any track.
Strong Start

It’s also important to mention the difference in their towing capacities. When properly equipped, the towing capacity of the Ford Explorer peaks at just 5,600 pounds. On the other hand, the Grand Cherokee can handle a whopping 7,200 pounds of trailer weight when properly equipped. If you’re looking to move some attachments in the future, the Jeep model may be the way to go.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Thanks to the capabilities of the Jeep and the Ford, we know you’ll constantly be on the move. With many miles ahead of you, it’s important that you remain comfortable. Fortunately, either SUV has the space and accommodations to meet that need. Which one takes your comfort up another notch, though?

Upgrade Your Cabin

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer can seat up to seven passengers thanks to their optional third rows of seating. However, this is just the starting point for comfort in these models. You can find available premium features on either option, such as:

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front- and second-row seats
  • Interior ambient lighting
Melt Muscle Tension on the Move

Unforgettable comfort starts with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit model. This model has available 16-way adjustable seats with memory and massage functions. Unfortunately, you won’t find a similar amenity on the Explorer that can help relieve muscle tension while you drive.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee and the Explorer have plenty of space for your whole family, your group of friends, or your litter of puppies. For this reason, safety is of utmost importance. Which model prioritizes your safety the most? Find out below.

Security on All Fronts

In order to maintain the safety of you and your passengers, the two models carry standard safety systems. Here are just some of the features they have in common:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Active Lane Management System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection
Protection During the Long Haul

If you’ve got nothing but the open road ahead, you may want some reprieve as you drive. Fortunately, the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be equipped with available Active Driving Assist. This feature enables drivers to experience miles of hands-free driving on select highways.

Need to get some rest from the ride? Allow available Drowsy Driver Detection in the Jeep to answer that for you! This system monitors vehicle movement and driver interaction to spot patterns of drowsiness and/or distraction.

Although the Explorer’s Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite is impressive on its own, it doesn’t offer a similar hands-free driving aid that could lend a hand during long stints on the highway, and it goes without a similar detection system that monitors your alertness.

Choose Your Top Pick!
Jeep Grand Cherokee

Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer strive to bring a new kind of experience every time you take off. However, if we had to choose, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers versatile off-road performance, luxurious cabin features, and plenty of standard and available safety systems.

If you’d like to get behind its wheel, the Woodstock Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) team would be happy to set you up with a test drive. Get ready to ride around Marietta, Kennesaw, and Canton, GA like never before!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Grand Cherokee for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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