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In a market dominated by new SUV models all vying for your attention, two models continue to distinguish themselves from the pack—the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Providing world-class technology and comfort to match their capable performance, its no wonder these American classics remain some of the most popular SUVs on the roads of Lewisville, Denton, and Grapevine.

At Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville, we’re committed to providing you with the best information when searching for a new vehicle. To see which of these American classics deserve a special place in your driveway, continue reading our Ford Explorer vs. Grand Cherokee review!

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Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Performance

Taking on whatever the day brings means having a dependable SUV that can supply the power and efficiency where and when it’s needed most. Equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine, the 2019 Explorer’s base trim produces 290 horsepower without missing a beat, while its Sport trim packs an impressive 365 horsepower via its EcoBoost® V6 engine.

When paired with its 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission, Intelligent 4WD, and available Terrain Management System™, the Explorer delivers smooth confidence no matter the conditions.

By comparison, the Grand Cherokee’s base trim features a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine also capable of reaching the 290-horsepower range though without the presence of an EcoBoost® technology, its overall efficiency takes a significant hit. It also comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a base Selec-Terrain® System for help driving over wet or icy roads.

Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Interior Space

Whether shuttling the JV basketball team to their next tournament or loading up for the big weekend camping trip, the Explorer provides the space and comfort to fit it all.

Offering three-rows of seating for up to seven along with 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Grand Cherokee’s 2-rows and 68.3 cubic feet, the Explorer outsizes the competition in almost every area:

Interior Space

Ford Explorer (in.)

Jeep Grand Cherokee (in.)







Hip Room



Shoulder Room



Each model also supplies a power liftgate providing quick access to their cargo areas, though the Explorer’s third-row Power Fold® seating makes loading bulky items far simpler to manage.

Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Technology

Enjoy taking on the long-open highway as you and your passengers stay fully connected to your favorite devices and apps with help from the Explorer’s and Grand Cherokee’s full-suite of intuitive tech. Inside, you’ll find both models employ Bluetooth® technology along with integrated touch screen displays that keep everything you need right at your fingertips.

Using Ford SYNC® 3 voice-activated display, even the most tech savvy member of your crew will be impressed with the number of smart features the Explorer supplies including:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Ford Pass™ Connect with Wi-Fi® hotspot
  • Ford + Alexa

Explorer vs Grand Cherokee: Which Takes the Top Spot?

While its clear that both SUVs deliver a wealth of benefits in terms of power and convenience at the end of the day the Ford Explorer is clearly the better overall choice for Lewisville, Denton, and Grapevine drivers.

To decide for yourself, stop by Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville or go online to schedule a personal test drive today!