2018 SUV Face Off: Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer

March 8th, 2018 by

If you are searching for a new midsized SUV, you may be comparing two popular options, the 2018 Grand Cherokee vs. 2018 Ford Explorer. These vehicles have grabbed the attention of individuals and families due to their style and safety ratings. While there are advantages to driving home in either car, only one has been consistently rated the best SUV in 2018.


When it comes to safety, the Jeep Grand Cherokee cannot be beaten. It achieved high safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is the only midsized SUV with a standard rear-view camera and parking sensors. Drivers can also opt for advanced features including rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

The Ford Explorer does offer a rear-view camera as part of its standard trim, but buyers would have to pay the upcharge for parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control and park assist are also available at increased rates if drivers wish to invest in those features. When all additional safety features are included, the Ford Explorer also performed well in safety rating tests.


There is no doubt that the all-new Grand Jeep Cherokee was designed for comfort. Each one of its seven trims offers drivers a luxurious interior and a smooth and steady ride. There is ample leg and cargo room in each model, with an optional duel panoramic sunroof.

While the Ford Explorer does offer a substantial amount of leg and headroom in the front seats, it does not provide the same type of long-lasting comfort as the Grand Cherokee. It is comfortable for short journeys but lacks the ergonomic support for road trips and long distance drives.

Fuel Efficiency

The Grand Cherokee offers an impressive 19 MPG in the city and 26 on the highway, even with its powerful V6 engine. Jeep drivers who want to optimize their fuel efficiency as much as possible can also opt for the vehicle’s diesel version. It is the most efficient of the Jeep lineup, with 22 MPG in the city and 30 on the highway. And just because it’s fuel efficient doesn’t mean it skimps out on capability. Take a closer look at Jeep Grand Cherokee towing capacity with Connors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Conversely, the Ford Explorer offers subpar fuel economy at best, with only about 17 MPG in city and 24 on the highway. Buyers can pay more for the turbocharged option, attaining slightly better MPGs at 19 in the city and 27 highway.

Find a New SUV in Chesterton & Portage

Still not sure if the Gand Cherokee is the right fit? Compare it to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, also available at Connors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We are a family-run business that puts your needs, comfort, and safety first. Contact us today for a test drive to experience all the 2018 Grand Cherokee can offer you and your family. You can also compare the 2019 Grand Cherokee vs. 2019 Cherokee as well to ensure you find the best SUV for your family.

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