Comparing the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee pits two heavyweights against each other. Which SUV is in your corner?

Drivers in Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY, are asking about both SUVs. The team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton has sized up the vehicles so you can see which one is right for you.

2021 Explorer vs 2021 Grand Cherokee: Performance

Both the 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee possess the performance capability to let you explore the great outdoors. Does either of them set a quality bar for towing capacity while emphasizing economy?

The Ford Explorer does. Let's look at standard towing capacity. Drivers who are interested in taking the base trim of the SUV on their next adventure can gain an advantage in towing capacity.

The starting towing power of the Explorer is 5,300 pounds when properly equipped. The Jeep Grand Cherokee's initial towing ability, however, is just 3,500 pounds when properly configured.

That towing capacity difference allows you to bring more camping gear or job equipment with you whenever you need it. This standard even continues with hybrid vehicles. The 2021 Grand Cherokee is not available as a hybrid model. The Explorer's 3.3L Hybrid V6 engine can haul 5,000 pounds when properly set up.

How else can hybrid design create a more optimal vehicle?

Fuel Efficiency

The hybrid design, of course, leads to increased fuel efficiency. The same 3.3L Hybrid V6 engine that can haul bigger boats and campers achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 city/28 highway MPG. This engine provides you with a balanced driving experience and more value.

The 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine in the base trim of the 2021 Ford Explorer nets an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG in its rear-wheel drive (RWD) model. That stingy fuel consumption is favorable when it is matched up against the 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The engine only offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 city/26 highway MPG.

By presenting better options in terms of standard towing and efficiency, the Explorer is a smart choice for drivers. Now, what about their safety features?

Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Safety Technology

Both the 2021 Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee are safe drives. The Ford Explorer, however, has a broader range of available safety features and more comprehensive design consideration.

  • Available Reverse Brake Assist
  • Standard Post-Collision Braking
  • Standard Side-Wind Stabilization

The available Reverse Brake Assist is an extra set of eyes for drivers. The system detects stationary and moving objects when in reverse and alerts you with visual and audio cues. The feature can even apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate a collision.

This edge in safety technology continues the Explorer's advantage. How can you experience these in person?

Test Drive a 2021 Ford Explorer

Now that you know a little more about the 2021 Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee, it's time to get a feel for the vehicles to choose which one is right for you. The best way to do this is with a test drive.

Drivers in Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, can stop by our dealership to test drive an Explorer. They can also contact Friendly Ford of Hamilton to schedule a test drive.

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