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Compare 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2017 Subaru Outback

2017 Ford Explorer
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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2017 Subaru Outback
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Select style
Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 23 $32,626 $33,810
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $30,553 $31,660
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $41,853 $43,825
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $39,800 $41,675
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $50,839 $53,235
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,315 $45,355
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 23 $34,308 $35,925
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,255 $33,775
Select style
75th Anniversary Edition 4x2
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 19 26 $30,270 $30,395
Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition 4x4 18 25 $32,534 $32,695
Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x2 19 26 $30,270 $30,395
Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x4 18 25 $32,534 $32,695
Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 19 26 $30,270 $30,395
Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 18 25 $32,534 $32,695
Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 19 26 $36,746 $37,995
Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 18 25 $38,686 $39,995
Grand Cherokee Limited 75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 19 26 $36,746 $37,995
Grand Cherokee Limited 75th Anniversary Edition 4x4 18 25 $38,686 $39,995
Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 19 26 $43,070 $44,795
Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 18 25 $45,940 $47,795
Grand Cherokee SRT 4x4 13 19 $64,199 $66,895
Grand Cherokee Summit 4x2 19 26 $48,371 $50,495
Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 18 25 $51,241 $53,495
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 18 25 $41,569 $43,095
Select style
2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback 2.5i 25 32 $24,131 $25,645
Outback 2.5i Limited 25 32 $30,343 $32,390
Outback 2.5i Premium 25 32 $26,076 $27,695
Outback 2.5i Touring 25 32 $33,656 $35,995
Outback 3.6R Limited 20 27 $32,696 $34,995
Outback 3.6R Touring 20 27 $35,635 $38,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,626
$30,270
$24,131
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,810
$30,395
$25,645
Monthly Payment Estimate
$564 / month
$507 / month
$427 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.7
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a benchmark SUV; it's a luxury vehicle, a talented off-roader, a scalding-hot track runner, and a family wagon extraordinaire. The 2017 Subaru Outback is a worthy competitor to many SUVs on capability alone—factor in price and it should be a no-brainer.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 26 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 56.2 55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 58.7 58.1
Third Leg Room (in)
32 - -
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 39.2 38.9
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 58 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 105.4 108.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 40.3 42.9
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 - -
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 57 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 - -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 38.6 38.1
Passenger Capacity
7 5 5
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.9 40.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 64.1 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 114.8 108.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 76.5 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
67 63.9 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.6 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 189.8 189.6
Height, Overall (in)
70 69.3 66.1
Liftover Height (in)
- 32.4 27.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 68.3 73.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 36.3 35.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 36.3 35.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - 46.3
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - 32.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - 41.8
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - 42.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - 77.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 13 12.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 13 11.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 24.6 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 37.1 36.1
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P265/60TR18 P225/65HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TDC NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P265/60TR18 P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TDC NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350 270
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350 270
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500 2700
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 3500 2700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4545 3580
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8 17 X 7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 650 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 160 110
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 260 @ 4000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
998-1 ERC NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.6 L/220 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 293 @ 6400 175 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 19 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 21 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 26 32
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 3.14 -
Trans Order Code
44J DFT NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.67 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 1.00 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.71 3.58 - 0.62
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.27 4.11
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.11 -
Trans Type
6 8 6
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.28 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.29 3.67
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 -
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee Subaru Outback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Short And Long Arm Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Short And Long Arm Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 8.4 6.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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