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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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2021 Jeep
Wrangler Unlimited

MSRP*: $32,400 to $73,500
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Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $31,815 to $69,390
MPG - City 18 - 23 MPG 13 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 MPG 17 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 67.4 - 72.4 ft3
Engine 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4, V-6, V-8
Transmission Auto Manual, Automatic Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel Four-wheel
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 270 - 470 hp
Towing Capacity 5,300 - 5,600 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 188.4 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 73.8 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 40.8 - 41.2 in
Rear 38.2 - 38.3 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 40.7 - 42.6 in
Rear 40.2 - 41.7 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 Wrangler Unlimited, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Explorer as you will with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

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). The Ford Explorer is somewhat more expensive than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. 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 Wrangler Unlimited.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Ford Explorer, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for pulling heavy loads. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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

Utility
The Ford Explorer offers greater seating capacity than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Ford Explorer has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Warranty
The Ford Explorer comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.