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When you’re shopping for a family SUV that can keep you safe and comfortable on and off-road in Woodway – and on-time to your table at the best restaurants in Waco – you’ll want to compare the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer. Both SUVs are tough and built to handle unpredictable terrain, but you’ll get better off-road capabilities and a more impressive standard suite of features in the new Grand Cherokee. Compare each SUV in detail with Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT, below!
Sporting the Trail Rated® badge, the Grand Cherokee is known for its ability to perform as well on rugged trails as it does on the roads and highways of Temple. At the base model, you’ll get the standard Jeep Brand 4×4 system, earning you optimal traction during any conditions. You’ll also enjoy choosing from a range of powerful engine options, capping off with a Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that generates 707 hp, available on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk®.
Jeep is a brand that knows their way around off-road conditions, which is why the Grand Cherokee is able to traverse up to 20 inches of water without breaking a sweat. When you’re ready to really put it through its paces, switch into the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, which will tell your Grand Cherokee its time to take on rugged new territory.
The Ford Explorer does offer a four-wheel drive system of its own: Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™. It offers the basics, like Hill Descent Control™, a 180-degree camera, and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control®. However, if you’d like a 4×4 system that is comparable to what comes standard in the Grand Cherokee, you’ll need to spend more money and upgrade to a higher package.
The Grand Cherokee starts out at a lower MSRP than the Ford Explorer, and you’ll get more standard interior features. Uconnect® is standard and will allow you to always stay connected on Gatesville roads, while Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ allow for smartphone integration. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also have the luxury of a Harmon Kardon® premium sound system.
In the Explorer, standard features include FordPass™ Connect and Ford SYNC® 3, but if you’d like to get additional features, you’ll again need to upgrade to a pricier package.
After comparing the Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer, we hope your decision will be pretty simple! When you’re ready to get behind the wheel, contact us to schedule a test drive in the Grand Cherokee. If you’re almost settled on the Grand Cherokee but fear it may be too large for your needs, compare it to its smaller companion, the Jeep Cherokee. While you’re at it, continue your research when you explore the 7,200-pound towing capacity of the Grand Cherokee.