2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer SUV Comparison

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Versus the Ford Explorer

For decades, Ford and Jeep have dominated the domestic automotive industry with innovative, robust models capable of tacking everything from a daily commute to a weekend of off-roading. With the SUV segment standing as one of the fastest growing classes worldwide, the advent of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer have left drivers with two formidable choices for their next vehicle - each boasting a unique degree of capability, power, performance and luxury. However, the 2018 model year offers an unprecedented degree of power and performance within the class - resulting in the Jeep Grand Cherokee's dominance over the segment for drivers seeking unbridled on-road performance, and superior off-road abilities.

Power, Performance and Capability

The Ford Explorer comes available with three substantial engines: a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 generating an impressive 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet, coursing to its wheels with the available intelligent four-wheel drive with the terrain management system™ and hill descent control™. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine with 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet also comes available, in addition to the standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet. While impressive specifications, and amended by the intelligent four-wheel drive system, these specifications across the Ford Explorer's five available trim levels ultimately do not surpass the Jeep Grand Cherokee's impressive capabilities.

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes equipped as standard on its base trim level, the Laredo, with the iconic 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine exerting 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, transmitted to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and either Selec-Terrain four-wheel drive system, or the advanced Quadra-Trac I® four-wheel drive system to outstrip the competition. However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee's performance capabilities arise when analyzing the performance of the unique Trailhawk®, SRT®, and Trackhawk® specialty trims.

The Trailhawk® comes equipped with the latest in off-road technology and mechanical engineering to deliver unprecedented degree of off-road prowess from a midsized SUV, such as the class-exclusive Quadra-Lift® air suspension system, tow hooks, and the Selec-Terrain® with Selec-Speed® control system. The SRT® and Trackhawk® trims boast 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet from a 6.4-liter HEMI® SRT V8 engine, and 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine exerting a massive 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet, respectively. Thus, for power, performance, and capability, the Jeep Grand Cherokee reigns supreme over all competitors within the class.

Interior, Technology and Capacity

The Ford Explorer's interior offers plush upholstery, a moonroof, seating for up to seven passengers, the Ford SYNC® Connect with FordPass™ smartphone application to integrate with the SYNC® 3 infotainment system found within the cabin, and an available Sony® premium audio system for optimal entertainment. While these features offer many modern amenities and a comfortable interior experience, they ultimately fail to usurp the ergonomic style and intuitive systems found within the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts available Laguna leather and Natura Plus leather trims to appoint your vehicle's interior, while the advanced Uconnect® and SiriusXM Guardian™ systems provide both optimal safety, security, and entertainment for a unique driving experience. Compatible with Apple CarPlay®and Android Auto™, the Uconnect® systems offer a plethora of options for integrating your vehicle seamlessly into your active and connected lifestyle. Additionally enhancing the Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior, ambient lighting, dashboard inlays and metal trims provide a sophisticated and sleek aesthetic, without compromising the rugged utility and maximum 68.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume within the cabin.

La Porte Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM - Your Stop for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Discover the unyielding durability, executive sophistication and robust capacity of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and its twelve available trims at La Porte Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM. Committed to providing our service area drivers with exceptional service and an extensive selection of desirable models, we strive to get you behind the wheel of your preferred vehicle in accordance with your preferences and budget. Stop by La Porte Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM top speak with a sales professional about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, or give us a call to schedule a test drive today!

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