2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2017 Ford Explorer

Fuel Economy (city) 19 17
Fuel Economy (highway) 26 24
Horsepower/Torque 240-hp/260 lb-ft (w/3.6L base V6 engine) 290-hp/255 lb-ft (w/3.5L base V6 engine)
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
MSRP $30,395 $31,660

When it comes to finding the ideal SUV in 2017, both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer are great choices. But what happens when you look at these two SUVs next to each other?

Residing in Budd Lake, New Jersey, Johnson Dodge Chrysler Jeep is proud to be your local new and used car dealership. Both the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Explorer are undoubtedly leaders in the American SUV industry. These iconic SUVs have continually set the bar higher in the SUV market with innovations in technology, style, and performance. They are ideal for family road trips, daily commutes, 4x4 off road driving, and much more. It is a tough decision when considering both of these SUVs for your next new vehicle. We have underlined the significant differences between the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2017 Ford Explorer and provided our own, professional opinion.

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee specs and 2017 Ford Explorer specs listed in the table above reflect the standard features that come with the base model for both of these SUVs. At first glance, both of these SUVs are very similar. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer both come standard with a V6 engine and front wheel drive that allow even these base models to handle well on difficult terrain and extreme weather conditions.

We start to see the most significant differences when we look at the fuel economy of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee in comparison to the fuel economy of the 2017 Ford Explorer. The Jeep Grand Cherokee proves to be the more economical choice here as it maintains a fuel economy of 19 city MPG and 26 highway MPG. Additionally, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $30,395, while the Ford Explorer has a slightly higher base MSRP of $31,660. The Ford Explorer stands apart when we look at its engine power versus the Jeep Grand Cherokee's engine power. The standard V6 engine of the 2017 Ford Explorer boasts a base 290-horsepower, making this SUV slightly faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its 240-horsepower. However, the transmission of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the 2017 Ford Explorer carries a 6-speed automatic transmission. This allows the Jeep Grand Cherokee to achieve modestly smoother acceleration and most likely attributes to its more impress fuel economy specifications. Experience the economical and versatile Jeep Grand Cherokee for yourself at Johnson Dodge Chrysler Jeep and stop by our Budd Lake, NJ dealership for a test drive today.


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