2020 Ford Explorer

vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Comparing the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a span of 12 different models ranging from thebasic Laredo series to 4x4 off-road performance vehicles to the built-for-speedSRT and Trackhawk performance models to offer a solution for everycustomer. Explorer has a variety of choices, too - with fewer trim levels - butoffering exceptional flexibility, performance and technology.


Comparing standard engines, Explorer does more with less displacement. Thank sto the power boost,the standard 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine in Explorer XLT and Limited produces more horsepowe rand torque than the Grand Cherokee 3.6L V6 engine. Also, the standard transmission in Explorer is a 10-speed automatic with SelectShift capability. The Grand Cherokee engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic.

Both Grand Cherokee and Explorer offer high-performance optional engines.Explorer ST holds the advantage with a specially tuned version of the 3.0LEcoBoost V6 engine over Jeep's answer inGrand Cherokee - the available 5.7L Hemi V8 powertrain.

Explorer Engine Options

  • 2.3L EcoBoost I-4
    • Horsepower: 300
    • Torque (lb-ft): 310
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6 (ST)
    • Horsepower: 400
    • Torque (lb-ft): 415

Grand Cherokee Engine Options

  • 3.6L V6
    • Horsepower: 295
    • Torque (lb-ft): 260

  • 5.7L V8
    • Horsepower: 360
    • Torque (lb-ft): 390


Explorer offers a full suite of standard driver-assist features with Ford Co-Pilot360. Grand Cherokee customers get a few standard features, such as Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection and Hill Start Assist. But to equip the vehicle with other features such as Lane Departure Warning, Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise, Grand Cherokee customers have to order the available Jeep Active Safety Group package.

Ford Package

  • Ford Co-Pilot360:


Jeep Package

  • Jeep Advanced Active Safety Group:



The most obvious difference between these two SUVs' interiors is the seating- Explorer can fit up to 7 people in three rows of seats, while the Grand Cherokee seats 5 in two rows.The trade off for carrying fewer people in Grand Cherokee is a large cargo area behind the second-row seats. However,Explorer offers more flexibility and overall space with either the third-row seats folded flat or the second-row seats folded.

Explorer Cargo Space

  • Behind 1st-row: 87.8
  • Behind 2nd-row: 47.9
  • Behind 3rd-row: 18.2

Grand Cherokee Cargo Space

  • Behind 1st-row: 68.3
  • Behind 2nd-row: 36.3
  • Behind 3rd-row:  --

Built for Life's Adventures

The 2020 Explorer has been completely redesigned - inside, outside and under the hood. In addition to capability enhancing features like rear-wheel drive, there are also two available trims. Ford now offers a commanding, no-compromise Explorer Limited Hybrid as well as the most powerful Explorer to date, the Explorer ST. With 400 horsepower, 415 lb.-ft. of torque and top speed of 143 mph, an ST brings the adventure to you.*

*Horsepower and torque ratings based on premium fuel per SAEJ1349 standard. Your results may vary.

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  1. Tri Ford Inc.

    12610 State Route 143
    Highland, IL 62249

    • Sales: (618) 654-2122
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