2019 Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Both the 2019 Ford Explorer and 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee provide an impressive list of features for drivers seeking a new SUV in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle. These standout midsize SUVs provide you with the space you're looking for in a vehicle and a comfortable ride for you and your passengers.

Our dedicated team at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg has put together this comparison centered on the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee to help you understand what each vehicle offers. Read ahead to learn more!

Explorer vs Grand Cherokee: Performance

Both the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Grand Cherokee offer some incredible powertrain options including powerful engines, intuitive transmissions, and off-road-ready drivetrains. Both models also sport incredible off-road drive mode selectors systems that let you customize your handling.

However, when it comes to efficiency, the Explorer takes the cake. When equipped with its available 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine, the Explorer achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG.1 With the Grand Cherokee, you won't do quite as well on the highway with its EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG.

Explorer vs Grand Cherokee: Seating & Space

Space won't be an issue for drivers considering the 2019 Ford Explorer. See how the expansive space in this model compares to what you'll find inside the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee:



Grand Cherokee

Number of Seats

7 passengers

5 passengers

Front / Second-Row Headroom

41.4 inches / 40.6 inches

39.9 inches / 39.2 inches

Front / Second-Row Legroom

42.9 inches / 39.5 inches

40.3 inches / 38.6 inches

Front / Second-Row Shoulder Room

61.5 inches / 61.0 inches

58.7 inches / 58.0 inches

Maximum Cargo Room

80.7 cubic feet

68.3 cubic feet

As you can see, the Explorer excels when it comes to both passenger space and cargo space. You'll not only have less room for both in the Grand Cherokee, but this also means that you and your passengers will be cramped with the space that you do have.

Explorer vs Grand Cherokee: Advanced Safety

As your speed increases while traversing the roadways, it's important to be able to rest easy knowing you're piloting a reliable vehicle. Both the Explorer and the Grand Cherokee handle well on the highway, with a smooth and comfortable ride that makes longer rides easier.

Both models also sport a number of advanced safety features including a standard rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control. However, the Explorer takes safety one step further with its available 180-degree split-view camera - a feature you won't find the Grand Cherokee.

On top of this extra feature, the 2019 Explorer also sports a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.2 While the 2019 Grand Cherokee has not yet been rated, it's unlikely that this model will score anything higher than its 4-Star Overall Safety Rating from 2018.

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee: The Verdict

With roomy seating for seven, plenty of cargo space behind the third row, and easy-to-use driver assistance technology, we believe the 2019 Ford Explorer is an SUV you should see up close. You can do just that at Fred Beans Ford of Mechanicsburg. Shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle should give us a call today to schedule a test drive!


1 EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

2 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). Vehicles equipped with optional rear side airbags are not rated.

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