2018 Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

  7

Front Leg Room

  42.9 in.


2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Seating Capacity

  5

Front Leg Room

  40.3 in.

2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The best midsize SUVs offer a pleasing mix of ruggedness, convenience and flexibility. Two top models are the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Grand Cherokee. Both are capable, durable and refined vehicles available in different trim levels and engine configurations. However, a test-drive of both will quickly convince you that the Explorer is the better vehicle and the better value.

Fuel Economy

The most fuel-efficient Explorer engine is the 2.3-liter turbo-4. The engine provides 280 horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque, and fuel economy of 19 city/27 highway mpg. The Grand Cherokee with the best fuel economy (19/26 mpg) is a 3.6-liter V6 making 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged Explorer engine is not only more efficient, it provides significantly more torque.

Dimensions

The Explorer is a three-row, six- or seven-seat SUV, whereas the Grand Cherokee has two rows of seating for five. Explorer is longer, wider, taller, and can have its second row outfitted with a bench seat for three or dual bucket seats that provide easy access to the third row. The front row of the Ford is more spacious than the Jeep’s, with more head room, leg room and shoulder room. Explorer also beats Grand Cherokee when it comes to total passenger space (151.7 vs 105.4 cubic feet) and cargo space (81.7 vs 68.3 cubic feet).

Enhanced Active Park Assist

One favorite feature on the 2018 Ford Explorer is Enhanced Active Park Assist. This system allows you to park your Explorer without touching the steering wheel – the SUV almost parks itself. The secret consists of ultrasonic sensors that assist with parallel parking and a park-out feature to pull out of parking spots. Drivers only need to control the brake pedal and accelerator, allowing Park Assist to do the rest. Grand Cherokee offers parking sensors but no self-parking feature.

We invite you to visit our Ford dealership and test-drive the 2018 Explorer. We offer friendly, attentive service sure to please, so stop in today!