Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

When you need an SUV capable of carrying your family, the Ford Explorer stands out from the competition. Ford provides comfort, capability, and safety in in their seven-seating SUV, making for a ride that checks all the boxes. Although it does have some competition from its longtime rival, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, there's a reason that Ford rules the road. Ford's auto engineers know what they're doing. The Ford Explorer is the superior choice for many reasons; here are just a few.


  • Both the 2017 Ford Explorer 4WD and the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD received five-star overall safety ratings (out of five) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD received only four stars for its overall safety rating; the 2017 Ford Explorer 2WD received five.
  • Ford MyKey comes standard on the Ford Explorer. Great for parents with teen drivers, Ford MyKey lets you limit the vehicle's speed and stereo volume. There is no such feature on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.


  • Ford believes that driving should be enjoyable. The Ford Explorer cuts road noise, making for a relaxing, quiet drive no matter where you go.


  • The available infotainment system in the 2017 Ford Explorer, Ford Sync 3, features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for enhanced smartphone connectivity. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not available for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • The 2017 Ford Explorer has a standard eight-way power driver's seat. The base 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee does not; you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim for that.
  • It can be difficult to load your vehicle when your hands are full. That's why the Ford Explorer has an available hands-free liftgate. When you're carrying all of your groceries in one trip, you can just wave your foot under the liftgate, and it will open automatically. The Jeep Grand Cherokee does not have an available hands-free liftgate.
  • The second row seating in the Ford Explorer is available as standard bench seating, available captain's seating, and even power-folding seating.


  • The 2017 Ford Explorer seats seven (or six, if you choose the available second-row bucket seats), making it perfect for large families. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee can only seat five.
  • The 2017 Ford Explorer has a maximum cargo capacity of 81.7 cubic feet. The maximum cargo capacity of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is only 68.3 feet. Whether you need to carry people or cargo, the Ford Explorer is the superior choice.
  • Taller drivers will appreciate what the Ford Explorer has to offer. With greater front headroom, hip room, leg room, and even greater front shoulder room, the 2017 Ford Explorer makes for a much more comfortable drive.
  • Taller passengers will appreciate the Ford Explorer as well. Not only does it have more rear headroom than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it also has more rear hip, leg, and shoulder room. No matter where you sit in the Ford Explorer, you know you'll be comfortable.

Come Try One Out Today!

While the Jeep Grand Cherokee has some fine features, it ultimately just can't compete. Ford makes an SUV like no other, and the Ford Explorer really is one of the finest rides on the road. Of course, reading about its advantages is one thing, but to really experience what makes it a Ford, you need to get behind the wheel. Fortunately, that's easier than ever here at Razzari Ford. Just give us a call at (209) 383-3673 to set up a test drive, or stop by in person here in Merced, CA. We can't wait to meet you.


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