2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Explorer
10.9 Inches
Ground Clearance
8.3 Inches
Towing Capacity
Four Wheel Drive
Not Available
23 Gallons
Fuel capacity
17.2 Gallons

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs 2021 Ford Explorer

The luxury SUV segment is full and just got bigger with the all-new Grand Cherokee L release. Some of its competitors include Ford Explorer. So the team at Rochester Hills CDJR thought we would take a closer look at these two SUVs. They both offer three rows of seating and multiple engines for buyers to choose from. So let's see how they stack up against each other.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Power & Handling

The Grand Cherokee L offers two engine options, then the standard engine is the classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 powers all the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L models, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers 293 horsepower and smoothly cruises at 70 mph at a relaxed 1,800 rpm. In addition, the class-exclusive available 5.7L V8 engine delivers a best-in-class towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. This V8 is optional in the top two models. Every model Grand Cherokee L offers both rear-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive. In addition, there are five selectable driving modes: Sport, Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud, Rock.

2021 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

The Ford Explorer offers a turbo 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers decent power to merge onto freeways with ease. The 10-speed automatic transmission also shifts smoothly. The all-wheel-drive system disconnects the front axle on the highway for improved fuel economy. The Explorer offers a selectable terrain management system similar to Jeeps. However, it doesn't include the Deep Snow/Sand mode like Jeep's. It can haul up to 5,600lbs which is respectable but falls short compared to the Grand Cherokee L's 7,200lbs. There is a hybrid option that offers a 3.3-liter V6 with an electric motor.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Features & Design

The Grand Cherokee L's first row provides 39.8 inches of headroom, 39.9 in the second row, and 84.6 cubic feet of cargo room. Jeep's all-new Uconnect 5 10.1-inch touchscreen allows for customization and five user profiles with simultaneous dual-phone connectivity to give your passengers access. The Digital Rearview Mirror uses an LCD monitor embedded in the mirror to give you a high-definition view of the road behind, even when the rear window is blocked by passengers or cargo. Use the real-time video or turn it off to revert to the reflective mirror

2021 Ford Explorer Features & Design

The Explorer offers a heated steering wheel and leather seats in the higher trim levels, a 980-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo, and a 10.1-inch vertically oriented touchscreen on its center stack. In addition, Ford gave the Explorer covenant features such as a heated second row, a power-folding third row, and a hands-free tailgate. The Explorer rolls in on standard 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard with a 6-speaker sound system.


The winner is clear here, the 2021 Grand Cherokee L with far more hauling power than the Explorer and better technology. If you would like to test drive the Grand Cherokee L, then head over to Rochester Hills DCJR, where we have plenty in stock and ready for their forever home. We are committed to providing amazing customer experiences and have been providing sales, service, and parts to the Rochester Hills area for years. Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is conveniently located at 1301 Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI48307.

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