2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2019 Ford Explorer
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019 Ford Explorer
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Cargo Space
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Fuel Economy (city/hwy)
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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2019 Ford Explorer

Serving Spartanburg SC

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer debuted within two years of each other in the early ‘90s as midsize SUVs that mix ample interior space, powerful engine power, and truck-like driving performance. The 2019 model year does not welcome a whole lot of changes to either vehicle. Apart from the addition of standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, nothing has changed about the Grand Cherokee as it continues its fourth production cycle. And the Ford Explorer remains unchanged as it closes out its fifth generation of production. Ultimately, though, the Jeep is the midsize SUV to choose over the Explorer for the following reasons:

Off-Road Ability

With either the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee or the 2019 Ford Explorer, you have the choice of getting a four-wheel drivetrain, rather than sticking with a two-wheel one. Four-wheel drive enables the transfer of engine power to all four wheels to maximize traction and avoid tire slippage. However, the Grand Cherokee stands apart from its Ford counterpart with its robust Quadra-Trac® four-wheel drivetrain, which can send up to 100 percent of available torque to the axle with the most traction to restore stability if it detects any slippage. You can even go with the Grand Cherokee’s Trailhawk® trim if you want to optimize off-road capability; this model comes with a lifted suspension to keep the undercarriage farther away from less-than-smooth terrain, and the four-wheel drivetrain is standard. Added on every Grand Cherokee trim is Selec-Terrain®, a traction management system that provides four modes—Auto, Snow, Sport, and Sand/Mud—for adjusting powertrain and drivetrain components to best handle the surface you are currently driving on.


On the 2019 Ford Explorer, you get three engine choices: a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder with 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, and 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. On the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you get four, and all of them outgun their trim-level counterparts from Ford. The standard engine is the 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6, which generates 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque (5 more horsepower and torque than the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6). Upper-level trims go with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque or a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Only the top-of-the-line Trackhawk goes with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8 with 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque; it is the most powerful engine yet on the Grand Cherokee.

Cabin Quality

Unlike the 2019 Ford Explorer, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is particularly acclaimed for its upmarket cabin. For a chiefly off-road vehicle, it amazingly blends utility and comfort. The standard cloth seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel are enough to prevent a cramped feel or weariness, particularly during longer trips. And the optional leather upholstery increases the comfort level with a significant degree of plushness. Compared with the Grand Cherokee, the Ford Explorer does not have a consistent level of comfortability from row to row; indeed, on low-end trims, the cabin materials are drab at best.

Ready to test-drive the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, rather than the 2019 Ford Explorer? Call us today at our Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership in Spartanburg, South Carolina, today. One of our sales specialists will be able to assist you with picking the Grand Cherokee that has your preferred features.