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Compare 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Ford Explorer
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 22 $33,090 $34,290
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $31,015 $32,140
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $42,249 $44,240
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $40,196 $42,090
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $51,512 $53,940
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,883 $45,950
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 22 $34,690 $36,325
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,637 $34,175
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Altitude 4x2
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x2 19 26 $30,745 $30,895
Grand Cherokee Altitude 4x4 18 25 $33,009 $33,195
Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4x2 19 26 $43,535 $45,295
Grand Cherokee High Altitude 4x4 18 25 $46,405 $48,295
Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 19 26 $30,745 $30,895
Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 18 25 $33,009 $33,195
Grand Cherokee Laredo E 4x2 19 26 $30,745 $30,895
Grand Cherokee Laredo E 4x4 18 25 $33,009 $33,195
Grand Cherokee Limited 4x2 19 26 $37,211 $38,495
Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 18 25 $39,151 $40,495
Grand Cherokee Overland 4x2 19 26 $43,535 $45,295
Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 18 25 $46,405 $48,295
Grand Cherokee SRT 4x4 13 19 $64,935 $67,695
Grand Cherokee Sterling Edition 4x2 19 26 $37,211 $38,495
Grand Cherokee Sterling Edition 4x4 18 25 $39,151 $40,495
Grand Cherokee Summit 4x2 19 26 $48,836 $50,995
Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 18 25 $51,706 $53,995
Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 4x4 11 17 $81,959 $86,200
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 18 25 $42,034 $43,595
Grand Cherokee Upland 4x4 18 25 $33,009 $33,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,090
$30,745
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,290
$30,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$572 / month
$515 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon. Only poor crash test scores keep the Grand Cherokee down, as this talented family hauler offers luxury and utility and buyers can choose off-road capability, track talent, or even more luxury.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 58
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 105.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 40.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 57
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 38.6
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.9
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 58.7
Third Leg Room (in)
32 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 39.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
67 63.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.6
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
70 69.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 114.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 76.5
Liftover Height (in)
- 32.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 36.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 36.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 68.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 13
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 24.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 37.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P265/50SR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TLP-B
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P265/50SR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TLP-B
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4513
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 160
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 260 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
998-1 ERC
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.6 L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 293 @ 6400
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.27
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.11
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.28
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 3.14
Trans Order Code
44J DFT
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.71
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Short And Long Arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Short And Long Arm
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 8.4
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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