When the open road is calling your name, you look to trail-ready SUVs like the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer. Both have the capability you need to take on off-road obstacles, but which one does it in the way that matches your style?

That's what the team at B. Z. Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT is here to help you figure out! If you're in the Lewisburg, Sunbury, or Danville, PA, area, buckle in, because an adventure awaits.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Quick Facts


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Ford Explorer

EPA-estimated V6 MPG

19/26 city/highway MPG

18/24 city/highway MPG

Maximum horsepower

707 horsepower

400 horsepower

Standard engine

3.6L Pentaster® V6

2.3L EcoBoost® I-4


7 trim levels

6 trim levels

Maximum number of seats

5 passengers

7 passengers

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer Horsepower and Towing Specs

You work hard, so you play hard, too. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer are on your level with their V6 engine power that offers some hefty capability. If you're going to be towing a trailer with a couple ATVs or bringing a pop-up camper with you on your next hike, you'll be able to tow well over 5,000 pounds in either SUV. Although you can haul a heavier load with the Jeep, as you can see in the table below:


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Ford Explorer

V6 Engine

Standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6

Available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6

Maximum V6 Towing Capacity

6,200 pounds

5,600 pounds

The Jeep Grand Cherokee also has three available V8 engines that can boost your output to a maximum of 707 horsepower and take your towing capacity to a maximum of 7,200 when properly equipped.

Advanced Handling Capabilities: Grand Cherokee vs Explorer

Now, let's hit the trail! Both the 2021 Grand Cherokee and Explorer are ready to go with their available 4-wheel drive (4WD) systems that include a drive mode system. This system allows you to highly optimize your handling capabilities for the exact conditions you face. Simply choose between several different drive modes in either SUV, including modes for:

  • Sand
  • Snow
  • Rocky trails

If the road ahead is especially bumpy, however, you may have a smoother ride in the Jeep Grand Cherokee thanks to the available Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension.

This gives your Jeep four different suspension heights to choose from whether you're off-roading, cruising down an open highway, or parked. Choose Off-Road 1 or Off-Road 2 to extend your suspension height on rocky or wet trails. Then, lower your suspension in Aero mode to reduce drag on the highway.

Unfortunately, the Ford Explorer doesn't offer a similar feature, so your ride may be less optimized overall than it would be in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Exterior Dimensions and Off-Road Readiness

No matter what the path ahead may put in your way, both the Jeep Gran Cherokee and Ford Explorer are up for the challenge. Both have standard 18-inch wheels or available 20-inch wheels that sit you high above the trail and increase your traction control.

You get a little more ride height with the Jeep, though, as you can see here:

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Standard Ground Clearance: 8.5 inches
  • Ford Explorer Standard Ground Clearance: 7.9 inches

Not only does the Grand Cherokee have a higher standard ground clearance, but it can also boost its ride height to 10.8 inches with the available Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension. With its lower ride height, the Explorer may not be as adept at fording through water or climbing over big rocks as the Jeep.

Will You Adventure in the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Explorer?

When it's time to hit the trail in the Sunbury, Lewisburg, and Danville, PA, areas, will you be behind the wheel of the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Explorer? If you like what the Jeep brings to the table, then reach out to the team at B. Z. Motors CDJRF to get behind the wheel.

Contact us to test drive the Grand Cherokee today!


Show Only


175 Vehicles matching:
  • All Listings

Make an Inquiry

By submitting your contact information, you consent to be contacted by telephone about purchasing a vehicle or obtaining vehicle financing. Clicking on the Submit button above is your electronic signature.


Blaise Alexander Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Lewisburg

6801 Westbranch Hwy
Directions Lewisburg, PA 17837-6309

  • Sales: (570) 230-4630
  • Service: (570) 230-4630
  • Parts: (570) 230-4630


  • Monday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Tuesday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Wednesday 09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Thursday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Friday 09:00AM - 08:00PM
  • Saturday 09:00AM - 05:00PM
  • Sunday Closed