2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 FordExplorer
24.6 gal
Fuel Capacity
18.6 gal
36.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Space
18.2 cu. ft
8.6 in
Ground Clearance
7.9 in
Not Available

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Buying a new SUV is an exciting time, but it can also be incredibly stressful as there are many makes and models out there to choose from. Here at Dick Scott Auto Group, we want to make things a little easier by comparing two of the most popular models in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer. Both of these SUVs are at the top of the class thanks to powerful engine options and tons of advanced features, but only one can be crowned king of the SUVs. To find out which one comes out on top, continue reading as we compare these two SUVs!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

There is a lot to love about the power that the 2021 Grand Cherokee offers, as there are four incredible engines to choose from. Most trim of the Grand Cherokee will roll out with a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft torque. The Overland, Summit, and Trailhawk trims have the option of a 5.7-liter V8 that comes with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Things get taken up a notch with the SRT trim, which comes with a 6.4-liter that pumps out an amazing 470 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Most SUVs would stop here, but the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk proves to be one of the most powerful SUVs on the planet with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that rips out a mind-boggling 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. All of these engines pair with a smooth sailing eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear or four-wheel-drive. Meanwhile. the SRT and the Trackhawk come standard with a performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system.

2021 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

There are only two engine options available for the Ford Explorer, but you do get a decent amount of power on both. Most trims of the Explorer will come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that pumps out a decent 303 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Stepping up to the ST brings you a touch more power as it has a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that pumps out a stark 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines get an automatic transmission, and you have the option of all-wheel-drive if you prefer. We admit there is a lot to like about these power numbers, but the Grand Cherokee is more impressive, especially with the SRT and Trackhawk trims.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

Seven trim levels are available for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and each comes with an impressive amount of features. The first trim is the base Laredo which comes with 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Limited is next, and it comes with a sunroof, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen. If you're looking for more off-road features, you'll find them with the Trailhawk, which comes with all-terrain tires, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, underbody skid plates, off-road-tuned air suspension, all-terrain drive modes, and ventilated front seats. The higher up the trim ladder you go, the more luxury and tech features you'll get, such as xenon headlights, all-leather seating, a power-adjustable steering column, chrome exterior trim, Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and black exterior trim.

2021 Ford Explorer Features & Design

Five trim levels are available for the Explorer, and you do get some decent features on each. Starting things off is the base trim with a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Then there is the XLT which comes with roof rails, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, and second-row USB ports. More luxury items can be found with the Limited as it brings in interior ambient lighting, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, and a 12-speaker audio system. Like the Grand Cherokee, higher trims come with more luxury and tech items such as paddle shifters, sport front seats, an automated parking system, adaptive headlights, a digital gauge cluster display, and a Class 3 Trailer Tow package.


While there are merits to both of these SUVs, we will give the victory to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee's engine options are more impressive, and the seven trim levels provide you with far more features than the Explorers five. We highly recommend taking a test drive of the legendary Grand Cherokee by heading down to Dick Scott Auto Group and scheduling one with our fantastic sales team. We can even accompany you on the test drive, so please ask us any questions you may have. If you can't make it down to the dealership right now, our entire Grand Cherokee inventory is available for you to see here on our website!

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