Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Looking for your next family-friendly, adventure-ready SUV near Woodbury, Deptford, and West Deptford, NJ? If so, you're likely considering popular Ford and Jeep models like the 2021 Explorer and the 2021 Grand Cherokee. But how do you know which one will suit you best?

Our team at Ace Ford created this head-to-head comparison of the Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee to help you make an informed decision as you pick out your next set of wheels.


Seating, Interior Dimensions, & Features

Inside the cabin of these SUVs, you can let in extra natural light through an optional twin-panel moonroof in the 2021 Ford Explorer or through an available CommandView® Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When it comes to seating capacity, and interior dimensions, however, one of these models offers more:


Ford Explorer

Jeep Grand Cherokee


6 or 7


Passenger Volume

152.7 cubic feet

105 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Volume

87.8 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

If you want the added flexibility to accommodate more passengers and belongings, the 2021 Ford Explorer will likely be a better fit. With the available third row PowerFold® seats, you can make it easy for passengers to climb aboard or to maximize the cargo area. In comparison, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't offer third-row seating.

In addition to having a more spacious cabin, the Ford Explorer also offers creature comforts you won't find available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Optional multi-contour seats with Active Motion® technology feature five massage modes that provide isolated relaxation focusing on either the upper or lower back muscles, so you can truly relax on the road.

Infotainment, Safety, & Driver Assistance

Inside the cabin of these versatile SUVs, you'll also find a variety of convenient technology features. The 2021 Ford Explorer offers an available 10.1-inch LCD capacitive portrait touchscreen with enlarged icons that make it easy to respond to messages, change the song, follow turn-by-turn navigation directions, and more. Over in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you will find a smaller 8.4-inch touchscreen available.

Along with its intuitive infotainment system, the 2021 Ford Explorer comes standard with the following Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety features that boost your senses and keep you more secure as you travel:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps

Over in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee you will find some similar standard features, including a ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection. However, you'll need to upgrade if you want the benefits of Automatic Emergency Braking and a Lane-Keeping System.

Performance & Towing

To help you tackle challenging road and weather conditions with confidence, you can upgrade either model with reliable all-wheel drive systems. The 2021 Ford Explorer takes this a step further with the optional Terrain Management System™ that features an array of selectable drive modes, including Normal and Sport, as well as:

  • Trail
  • Deep Snow/Sand
  • Slippery
  • Tow/Haul
  • Eco

Unfortunately, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee does not offer a comparable system to this one. Similarly, though this Jeep SUV offers a standard towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, the Ford Explorer offers a larger standard 5,300-pound towing capacity. So, if you want to stick with the standard model, you'll get more capability from the Ford.

Which SUV: 2021 Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Now that you know a bit more about how these vehicles measure up, it's time to decide. All of us at Ace Ford think you'll appreciate the larger cabin, touchscreen, and standard towing capacity offered by the Ford Explorer.

To see for yourself, contact us to schedule your 2021 Ford Explorer test drive near Woodbury, Deptford, and West Deptford, NJ, today!

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