When it comes to exploring the areas of Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Stroudsburg, and East Stroudsburg, it's best from behind the wheel of a powerful and stylish SUV. If you're considering your next venture, there are quite a few models out there that are probably on your list. However, most drivers have been drawn to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer.

At Ray Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR), we're here to help drivers get a sense of the Grand Cherokee vs. Explorer by showcasing what they offer and how they differ. Keep reading to see which of these powerful SUVs is right for you!

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Engine Options & Power

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer each offer their drivers an assortment of engines. When it comes to SUVs, power is crucial. The Jeep Grand Cherokee starts out with a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine, while the Ford Explorer features a 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Both engines are capable of exceeding 290 horsepower.

When it comes to the next step, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers three V8 engines, while the Explorer only offers two V6 engines. The highest output comes from the Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine in the Grand Cherokee, which boasts 707 horsepower. The Explorer maxes out its performance with 400 horsepower.

Don't wait! Test the Grand Cherokee's power out for yourself and schedule your test drive today.

Maximum Towing Capacity

There's plenty of space inside the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, yet sometimes you still need to tow a trailer for those long summer vacations. The Grand Cherokee has a lineup of more powerful engines than the Explorer and all this strength translates into impressive capability.

The Explorer will range from 5,000 pounds of towing capacity to its maximum 5,600 pounds of towing capacity, depending on the engine you have under the hood. The Grand Cherokee easily surpasses these figures, never dipping below 6,200 pounds of maximum towing. If you choose any of the V8 engines, your Grand Cherokee SUV will be able to reach a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 pounds! 

Trim-Level Customization

Driving off the lot with the exact features and style you prefer in an SUV is much easier when you have a range of trim levels to consider. Both the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer offer multiple trims, yet Jeep more than doubles the number of offerings Ford gives you.

With the 2021 Explorer, you can stick with the base trim, which is simply called the Explorer, or you can move up to the XLT, Limited, or ST. The fully loaded trim is called the Platinum. So, in all, you've got five variations of the SUV to choose from. By comparison, the 2021 Grand Cherokee gives you access to eleven trims.

The first Jeep trim is called the Laredo E and comes with a range of helpful features, plus that classic Jeep styling. After that, you can pick the Laredo X, the Limited, the 80th Anniversary trim, or the Limited X. Next up would be the Trailhawk, which is designed specifically for those people who want to head off-road. The rest of the trim lineup includes:

  • Overland
  • High latitude
  • Summit
  • SRT
  • Trackhawk

Off-Roading Readiness

If you're familiar at all with the Jeep brand, you'll know it's tough to find competing manufacturers who develop SUVs with the same level of off-roading fervor. For 2021, the Ford Explorer can handle some dusty trails, yet it can't compete with the sheer engineering prowess and technology afforded to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

For instance, the Grand Cherokee offers an available class-exclusive Quadra-Lift® air suspension system, something you won't find in any Explorer trim. Air suspension is an intricate way for your SUV to maintain balance, even as you slowly climb over uneven slopes or rocks. Paired with 4X4 capability, that air suspension is going to give you confidence in any setting.

That's just the beginning of what the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be outfitted with, too. If you want, you can have high-strength steel skid plates installed under the body of the model to protect the undercarriage from bumps or abrasions. There are also those optional, all-terrain, Kevlar-reinforced tires, which offer immense traction, as well as durability.

Jeep spends extensive hours working on the drivetrains of their SUVs, too. One of the most impressive versions of their 4X4 arrangements is the available Quadra-Drive® II 4x4 system. If you go for this setup, your SUV will receive a rear electronic limited-slip differential and a Selec-Terrain® Traction Management system that lets you alter the driving dynamics of the model. 

In-Cabin Entertainment & Technology

Both the Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer offer plenty of impressive features within their cabins to keep their respective passengers entertained for the journey. Each vehicle includes a dashboard-mounted display that provides access to the media options.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Explorer each offer Apple CarPlay® and Google Android Auto™, which are systems that integrate your phone into the screen to give you direct access to your apps, texts, and contacts. Each SUV even offers optional SiriusXM® Satellite Radio trials. However, the Grand Cherokee trial is for one year, while the Explorer trial is only for six months.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer: Making Your Decision

Now that you've got more details on the 2021 Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, you're closer to making your decision. If traits such as off-roading ability, customizability, towing, or overall performance stand out to you, then the Grand Cherokee is the clear favorite in this comparison. Why not learn how it handles on the open road?

Stop in today at Ray Price CDJR, so you can see if the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is your ideal way to get around Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, Scranton, Stroudsburg, and East Stroudsburg!

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