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 SUV 4WD Standard SUV 2WD

Interior Dimensions

Third Hip Room (in)

40.7 -

Passenger Volume (ft³)

151.7 105.4

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61 58

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 -

Passenger Capacity

7 5

Second Leg Room (in)

39.5 38.6

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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