2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2014 Ford Explorer

The popularity of sport utility vehicles has done nothing but rise in the past few years and two of the most popular SUVs are the 2014 Ford Explorer and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As family vehicles, they are superb in both safety and performance with similar engines. When looking for a new SUV, a comparison between these two vehicles can be very useful. The Grand Cherokee and Explorer share about the same base price, though the Grand Cherokee slightly edges out the Explorer in horsepower and engine packages.


Performance and Towing Capacity
With the Grand Cherokee’s horsepower boost equaling out to 290 horsepower, its base package 3.6 liter Pentastar engine has the torque needed to haul heavy loads. Fully equipped, the Ford Explorer is capable of towing a top load of 5,000 pounds whereas a similarly equipped Grand Cherokee can pull as much as 6,200 pounds. The Grand Cherokee carries more engine options than the Explorer, offering a EcoDiesel V6 that garners 30 mpg, a 5.7 liter 290 horsepower version, the 5.7 liter HEMI V8 at 360 horsepower and the 6.4 liter HEMI V8 that delivers a whopping 470 horses. The basic 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine gets 24/27 mpg and delivers 290 horsepower.

Combined with the eight-speed transmission found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the higher wheel base, it performs better off-road than the Ford Explorer. The Jeep Cherokee also offers its rugged transmission with a five-year warranty, 100,000 miles drive train package that exceeds Ford Explorer’s warranty by 40,000 miles. Bumper to bumper warranty coverage remains the same with both models.

Dimensions and Gas Mileage
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a narrower body profile and wheelbase than the Ford Explorer, making it much more convenient to park in a tight or shallow parking spot. The added curb height gives it plenty of room to clear obstacles, parking stops and deep gutter inclines. The turning radius is tighter which allows fast, enhanced maneuverability at low speeds. The Grand Cherokee out-maneuvers the Explorer in all applications.

The Grand Cherokee has a 24.6 gallon tank opposed to the 18.6 gallon tank of the Explorer. This increases its range to 590 miles, opposed to 422 miles for the Explorer. The Grand Cherokee offers 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The Grand Cherokee's diesel engine option can provide 30 mpg.

Interior renovations for the Jeep Grand Cherokee offer hand-crafted dash and panel designs, a tradition in Jeep’s attention to detail. The interior offers real wood accents and detailed leather trim. Garmin navigation with an 8.4 touch screen and the UConnect access is still incorporated. All new body colors, unique interior fabrics and a larger variety of interior colors have been carried over from the previous Jeep model. The Ford Explorer does not match the diversity and new creativity to the interior designs and extra packages offered in the Grand Cherokee, having remained relatively unchanged for 2014, except for second row heated seats and few other comfort options.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has received prestigious awards for its innovation, styling, best-in-class, safety, luxury and value. It has garnered more awards than any other SUV in history, continually beating out the completion. Awards include:

Industry wins currently total over 30 awards and recognitions.

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