2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee


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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Explorer near Wilmington, DE

For the best of the best in the SUV category, you may be comparing the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer. In 2018, the Explorer has added some minor style tweaks to its front and rear as well as included features like a 4G LTE hotspot. As for the Grand Cherokee, 2018 has brought in an all-new engine, a standard 7-inch touchscreen, and quite a few additional add-ons.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

Five engines are available to the Grand Cherokee. Under the hood, you could find a 3.6-liter V6 with 295 horsepower, a 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower, a 3-liter diesel V6 with 240 horsepower, a 6.4-liter V8 with 475 horsepower, or a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 707 horsepower. The standard engines for most trims are the 3.6-liter V6 with has an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 19/26 miles per gallon. Every Grand Cherokee comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and many also have the option between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is standard with the V8 engines.

2018 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

The Explorer offers three engines. The first is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower. This engine is found on the base and the XLT trims. The second engine is the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 280 horsepower. This engine is found under the hoods of the base, XLT, or the Limited trims. The final engine is the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 365 horsepower. This final engine can be found only on the Sport and the Platinum trims. The first engine offers an EPA rated fuel economy of 17/24 miles per gallon. Every trim comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and the top two trims come with an AWD system.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with seven trim levels to choose from: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. At each new trim level, you will find additional features in comfort, capability, and luxury. The Trailhawk trim even adds in some off-roading fun with additional safety features and items like navigation and a nine-speaker sound system. Multiple options are available to further customize your chosen trim level further. Some of the best options would be the Blu-ray capable dual-screen, the carbon black 20-inch wheels, and even a 19-speaker audio system.

2018 Ford Explorer Features & Design

The available trims on the Explorer would be the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and the Platinum. The base model starts off with just the minimum, with the XLT not really stepping up to the plate either. The real fun starts in the middle trim, the Limited, with its added luxury and comfort. Even at the topmost trim, the Platinum, you do not have the option to add additional features as either standalone nor as packages. It leads to little customization and fewer choices overall.


In the end, it is clear to see that the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more options, more customization flexibility, power, and overall a more functional vehicle. The Explorer simply can't keep up with the Grand Cherokee's engines, fuel economy, or feature availability. It's simply too basic of an SUV.

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