2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

The SUV segment is a competitive place, so those that rise to the top are bound to be something special. That’s absolutely the case for both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer, which leaves only one question: is the Explorer or Grand Cherokee the best SUV for all your driving needs in Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram?

The Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team wrote the guide below to highlight key differences between the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer on price, performance, and technology.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2020 Ford Explorer
$32,045 — $86,900

Starting MSRP Range

$32,765 — $58,250
3.6L V6

Base Engine

Turbo 2.3L 4-cylinder
6.2L Hellcat V8

Top Engine

3.0L EcoBoost® V6

Gas Engine Options

293 — 707 hp


300 — 400 hp
7,200 lbs

Max Towing Capacity

5,600 lbs

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: Engines

Does the Explorer or Grand Cherokee offer more versatility from Round Rock job sites to the racetrack? You’ll notice a power difference as soon as you look over the engine options for both models: the Cherokee’s base V6 is more than enough for many everyday hauling and towing tasks — and the engines just get bigger from there.

The Explorer base engine provides comparable horsepower, but can’t compete with the engine upgrades for the Grand Cherokee, which you can equip with a monsterous 707-hp, 7,200-pound Hellcat V8. Specs for both models’ engine options are as follows:

2020 Ford Explorer Engines

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® I4 — 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 — 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 — 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines

  • 3.6L V6 — 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.7L HEMI V8 — 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.4L V8 — 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L Hellcat V8 — 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque

The supercharged Hellcat engine comes on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk trim. The Trackhawk delivers both muscle-car track performance and serious power on the job. Like other Jeep SUVs, it enhances off-road performance with an upgraded suspension system, the Quadra-Trac Active On Demand 4WD system, the Selec-Trac traction management system, and quad exhaust tips.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: Off-Road Features

It’s not hard to guess that Jeep Trail Rated® models take the prize when it comes to off-road prowess. If you know you’ll need the utmost in towing ability, consider that the Grand Cherokee is available with the most advanced off-road tech systems, including Quadra-Trac II active four-wheel-drive system, hill-descent and hill-ascent control, and the Quadra-Lift Air suspension system.

The 2020 Ford Explorer is equipped with Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™. Those features will go a long way if you’re more of an occasional off-roader. Trail-riding devotees will be happier with the Grand Cherokee’s many specialized features.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: Technology Features

The base Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo trim’s standard Uconnect infotainment system comes with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and six speakers. But move up just one trim level to the Grand Cherokee Limited for $39,855, and you get the premium UVO system, which adds:

  • 8.4-inch touch screen
  • Upgraded interface
  • Navigation system
  • Two additional USB ports
  • 115-volt household-style power outlet

The standard Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system supplies an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two front-row USB ports, two second-row USB ports, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. At MSRP $48,130, upgrading to the Limited trim gets you:

  • 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Household-style power outlet
  • Wireless device charging

So is the Explorer or Grand Cherokee a better value for your money? We think the Grand Cherokee Limited’s lower MSRP and longer list of upgraded infotainment features says everything you need to know! You can learn more about the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee interior with Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

Test Drive the 2020 Grand Cherokee in Austin!

Need to know more about the 2020 Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer? Our team is happy to provide more details so you can make a thorough analysis. Learn more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee towing and performance features when you visit us. Weigh your options with our Vehicle Finder Service, and contact us to schedule a test drive today! On a budget? Explore our used Grand Cherokee SUVs as well!

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