2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Explorer near Charlotte NC

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee bests the 2018 Ford Explorer


At Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, one of the stateliest vehicles you'll find in our new inventory lineup is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This particular model has long been a strong contender in the midsize SUV class and is loved for its stylish designs and its performance capabilities.

Even with those strongpoints we still know that when people come into our Cornelius dealership location they're often comparing the Grand Cherokee to other brands. That is why we've developed this comparison page to show off how our preferred SUV stands against the competition. Today we'll compare the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee to another all-American choice: the 2018 Ford Explorer.  We'll look at the size, capabilities, technology, and premium appointments on both models.


This is an important field for drivers these days, as they expect to find vehicles jam packed with features. The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, a 7-inch touchscreen (larger options are available), and you can leave your keys at the bottom of the purse or in your coat pocket thanks to a keyless entry with push button start. The Explorer has a rearview camera, but you need to go up from the base to get the keyless entry perks and you won't get a touchscreen until you reach a trim that adds on their SYNC 3 system or get the technology package. We just personally feel that people shopping for vehicles priced in this range shouldn't have to pay extra for these types of technologies in 2018.



Although both SUVS are in the midsize range, the Jeep Grand Cherokee seats five and the Ford Explorer seats seven. This automatically means the Explorer offers more cargo space than the Grand Cherokee, and if you truly need more seats to get everyone around Huntersville then we admit the Explorer might be the necessary option. That said, if you don't need the third-row or a ton of cargo space then the Grand Cherokee is roomy enough and very plush (but more on that later!)

Power & Performance

The standard engine for the Grand Cherokee is 3.6L V6 with 295 horsepower. That's slightly more than the 2.3L EcoBoost on the Explorer with 280 horsepower. If you're looking to casually drive from your home in Mooresville to the office then the 3.6L V6 is more than enough. The Explorer has two other engines with 290 and 365 horsepower, but they simply cannot complete with the overall Grand Cherokee lineup; in fact, few can. Below are the other Grand Cherokee powertrain options, and yes, those numbers on the third listing are correct!

5.7L V8: 360 horsepower 6.4L V8: 475 horsepower (found on the SRT performance trim) 6.2L V8: 707 horsepower (found on the all-new Trackhawk trim) The Trackhawk trim is new for 2018 and is the fastest SUV ever built with a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds (the SRT comes in at 4.3 seconds.) There's also the beloved Trailhawk that is built for true off-roading!

Clearly, the Grand Cherokee is the winner of this category. It appeals to regular drivers, off-roaders, and enthusiasts. The Explorer wouldn't be able to handle challenging trails or blistering speeds our SUV can take on.

Premium Feel

If you're looking to stand out in Charlotte or Concord then the Grand Cherokee is the obvious choice. While the Explorer has worked to refine its look by making its grille more aggressive, it doesn't have the long-running reputation the Grand Cherokee has for premium and luxurious appointments. Take, for example, the leather interior. On the Explorer there are leather options and the "upgraded" version is peforated. The Grand Cherokee offers several different grades of leather: Nappa, Capri, Natura, and the high-end Laguna that comes in a stunning indigo/sky gray color and mixes quilted, ventilated, and smooth leather surfaces. There's also real wood and metal trim and ambient lighting. The difference between the quality of materials used in the Explorer vs the Grand Cherokee is notable.

If you don't need to seat seven the the Jeep Grand Cherokee, in our opinion, is the obvious choice. You'll get more general power and off-roading or performance capabilities if you want them, more standard technology on all trims, and an interior with higher-quality materials and a more thoughtful design scheme. Stop into our dealership to check out the various Jeep Grand Cherokee trims and get out on a test drive!

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