2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2021 Ford Explorer Pinckney MI

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Explorer
Not Available
24.6 gal
Fuel Capacity
18.6 gal
8.6 in
Ground Clearance
7.9 in
36.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Space
18.2 cu. ft

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Buying an SUV is an exciting time, but it can also get overwhelming. After all, there are many makes and models out there, and there are several engine options and all kinds of different features associated with each. We here at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM want to help you narrow down your options by taking two of the most exciting models on the market with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer and comparing them. Both of these SUVs are wonderful and would make wonderful additions to any driveway, but which one has the advantage. For the answer, continue reading below!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

There is a lot of power to be had with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and there are four incredible engines available. Most trims of the Grand Cherokee come with a 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out an amazing 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Optional is a 5.7-liter V8 that gets you 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available for the Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit trims. If you want to take things up a notch, we highly recommend the SRT as it has a 6.4-liter V8 making 470 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the Trackhawk is one of the most powerful engines on the market as it has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with a remarkable 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. All of these engines pair with a smooth eight-speed automatic and either rear or four-wheel-drive. If you go with the SRT or the Trackhawk, you get a standard performance-oriented four-wheel-drive system.

2021 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

The Ford Explorer comes with two engine options, and there is some power to be had with both of them. Most trims come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that kicks out 303 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. If you are looking for a little more power, the ST gives it to you in the form of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, which has 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive, with the option of all-wheel-drive, if you wish. While these power numbers are impressive, they do pale compared to what the Grand Cherokee offers, especially at higher levels.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

With seven available trim levels, you’ll never be short on features with the 2021 Grand Cherokee! Kicking things off is the base Laredo trim, which comes with 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next up is the Limited, which brings a sunroof, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Are you looking for some premium off-road features? The Trailhawk is your best bet as it has all-terrain tires, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, underbody skid plates, off-road-tuned air suspension, all-terrain drive modes, and ventilated front seats. Meanwhile, higher trims give you more luxury and tech features such as xenon headlights, all-leather seating, a power-adjustable steering column, chrome exterior trim, Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and black exterior trim.

2021 Ford Explorer Features & Design

There are five trims available for the Ford Explorer, and there are some terrific features available. The base trim leads things off with a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next up is the XLT, which adds to the base with roof rails, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, and second-row USB ports. Want more luxury items? The Limited gives it to you with interior ambient lighting, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, and a 12-speaker audio system. Higher trims give you more luxury, tech, and performance-oriented features such as paddle shifters, sport front seats, an automated parking system, adaptive headlights, a digital gauge cluster display, and a Class 3 Trailer Tow package.


While there is a lot to love about both of these SUVs, the Ford Explorer can’t compete with the Jeep Grand Cherokee! The Grand Cherokee has more impressive engine options, and there are more features throughout its trim lineup. Are you interested in taking a test drive of the 2021 Grand Cherokee? Head down to Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM and schedule one with our knowledgeable and friendly sales team! If you can’t make it down to the dealership, be sure to check out the entire Grand Cherokee inventory here on our website.