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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2018 Ford Explorer

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

Are you looking for a capable SUV that can deliver performance while also providing a comfortable ride? Then your search has probably lead you to the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2018 Ford Explorer. Today we match up these SUV favorites in price, towing capacity, and off-road features to see which offers the best performance for the price at Connors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.


For Valparaiso car shoppers choosing a new SUV, the issue of price can’t be ignored. When comparing the Explorer or Grand Cherokee, you will find it more affordable to purchase the Jeep:

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee: Enjoy an entry-level MSRP of $31,695
  • Ford Explorer: Pay a base level MSRP of $32,140
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Towing Capacity

When it comes to SUV performance there is a clear winner in the Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer face-off.

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing: The Grand Cherokee offers a minimum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 pounds.
  • Ford Explorer Towing: You won’t be able to tow as much with the Ford which only offers a minimum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

If you love to camp or go boating in the summer, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the towing capacity you need.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee towing a boat

Off-Road Capabilities

For an off-roading adventurer in Michigan City, the decision between the Explorer or Grand Cherokee is an easy one. The brand-new Jeep Grand Cherokee lives up to the off-roading reputation Jeep was built on with features like:

  • Trail Rated® Badge: This badge showcases a Jeep vehicle’s true prowess as an off-roading machine. Each model sporting this badge has passed tests in the toughest elements and in categories including articulation, ground clearance, water fording, maneuverability, and traction.
  • Selec-Terrain®Traction Management System: This system enhances the performance of the already brawny Jeep 4×4 system by adjusting how the power is distributed to maximize traction and handling.

You won’t find these off-roading features on the Ford Explorer.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee off-roading

Experience the Jeep Difference Today at Connors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Take a tour of all the Jeep Grand Cherokee trims levels at Connors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! We are sure you will be as impressed with the interior as you are with the performance. Browse our 2019 Grand Cherokee selection and contact us to test drive one today in Chesterton. Interested in learning more about our 2020 models? Our 2020 Grand Cherokee SUV is updated with enhanced performance to meet the challenges of the new year.

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