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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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2021 Jeep
Grand Cherokee L

MSRP*: $36,995 to $58,995
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Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $36,663 to $56,686
MPG - City 18 - 23 MPG 18 - 19 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 MPG 25 - 26 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 7 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 84.6 ft3
Engine 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual, Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel Four-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 290 - 357 hp
Towing Capacity 5,300 - 5,600 lbs 6,200 - 7,200 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 204.9 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 77.9 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 41.3 in
Rear 39.4 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 39.8 in
Rear 39.9 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Ford Explorer offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, with comparable head- and legroom. The Ford Explorer will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Convenience
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Ford Explorer, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Ford Explorer or the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Explorer carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Dimensions
The Ford Explorer is a little wider than the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. The Ford Explorer is slightly shorter than the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, which may make it easier to park.

Performance
With the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than with the Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Ford Explorer transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Ford Explorer as you will in the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Warranty
The Ford Explorer comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.