2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Different families and individuals have different vehicle needs, many of which can be met by the generous dimensions and impressive power of a crossover SUV. In this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison, we are going to look at two such models. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an attractive midsize crossover that offers confident power and available luxury for up to five passengers. The 2017 Ford Explorer is an SUV that offers impressive size and available features. It seats either five or seven passengers, depending on whether or not vehicle shoppers opt for a two-row or a three-row model.

The base engine on the 2017 Explorer is a 3.5-liter V-6 rated for 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The base 3.6-liter V-6 on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a slightly better 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. In addition to a slight advantage in its base engine option, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers slightly better mileage at this level. Both of these models also come with several other engine options.

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2017 Ford Explorer
$30,395 Starting MSRP $31,660
19/26 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 17/24 mpg

3.6-liter V-6

5.7-liter V-8

3.0-liter turbo diesel

Engine Options

 3.5-liter V-6

2.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder

3.5-liter turbo V-6

7,400 pounds Max. Towing 5,000 pounds

Powertrain Options on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Additional engine options on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee become available on the Limited model and above. Whether drivers are attracted to the 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 or the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that delivers 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, they can find satisfying driving. The 2017 Ford Explorer is also available with other engine options. Its turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 offers slightly more horsepower that the 2017 Grand Cherokee's advanced engine (365 hp), and it is also available with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. However, in this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison, the Jeep crossover offers the best maximum towing by a significant margin. Drivers needing seven-passenger seating may need to choose the Explorer, but those looking for up to 7,400 pounds of towing will need to opt for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Other attractive features on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee include standard dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Features like an adjustable air suspension, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision mitigation are all available on select trim levels.

For more information on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee or this comparison, contact a member of the Fury Motors Stillwater team today.

rear view of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving on dirt
side view of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the dust
gear shifter and central console on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
front seats and sunroof of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

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