2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2019 Ford Explorer: An SUV Comparison

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Performance meets luxury in both the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2019 Ford Explorer SUVs, but which model is right for you? The product specialists at Gurnee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR) in Gurnee, IL, crafted this midsize SUV comparison to help you decide. Be sure to check out our Jeep Grand Cherokee inventory to find the trim that fits your lifestyle, or learn more about this capable SUV in our Grand Cherokee hub.

If you have any questions about the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee versus the 2019 Ford Explorer, contact a Gurnee CDJR representative by calling (847) 932-3080 or fill out our online form.

For the purposes of this comparison, we’ll be looking at the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland, starting at $35,895 MSRP, and the 2019 Ford Explorer XLT, starting at $34,400 MSRP.

Performance & Towing

When it comes to performance, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2019 Ford Explorer are closely matched. Both SUVs feature hill start assist, but only the 2019 Grand Cherokee includes an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and an automatic stop-start system to help you save big at the pump. See how these SUV engines compare below to find the power you demand.

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Model 2019 Ford Explorer
3.6L Pentastar® V6 Engine 3.6L Ti-VCT V6
295 HP Horsepower 290 HP
260 lb.-ft. Torque 255 lb.-ft.
6,200 lbs. Max. Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs.
18/25 MPG (city/hwy) 17/24


Take safety seriously when you drive the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee or new Ford Explorer. These safe SUVs provide comprehensive suites of safety considerations, including rear view cameras, stability control, traction control, and trailer sway control systems. Have peace of mind every time you get behind the wheel of the all-new Grand Cherokee and the following safety features:

  • Blind-spot and cross-path detection
  • ParkSense® rear park-assist with stop
  • ParkView® rear back up camera
  • Power heated exterior mirrors
  • Rain brake support
  • Ready alert braking
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Interior Design & Cargo Space

Relax and unwind in the thoughtfully appointed cabins of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2019 Ford Explorer. Both of these family SUVs include a 60/40 split rear folding seat, deep tinted sunscreen glass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob for your convenience. Discover some of the exciting interior and cargo area features the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers below:

  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Cargo tie-down loops
  • Cloth bucket seats
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Front passenger fold-flat seat
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Illuminated entry and cup holders
  • Luxury front and rear floor mats
  • Power eight-way driver seat with lumbar support
  • Power liftgate
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors


Stay in the loop when you drive the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee or all-new Ford Explorer. These reliable SUVs offer multiple powerpoints and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio to keep you in the know. However, only the new Grand Cherokee goes above and beyond to keep you connected with the following features:

  • 115V auxiliary power outlet
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capable
  • Bluetooth® technology
  • Keyless Enter ‘n Go™
  • Remote start system
  • Tip start
  • Uconnect® 4 with 7-in. touchscreen display
  • Universal garage-door opener

Schedule a Test Drive at Gurnee CDJR

Explore the new inventory at Gurnee CDJR in Gurnee, IL, to find the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee that’s right for you. Then, schedule a test drive and we’ll have your preferred model ready and waiting upon your arrival. To learn more about the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee versus the 2019 Ford Explorer, get in touch with the Gurnee CDJR team at (847) 932-3080 or fill out our online form.

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