Compare 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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RWD 4-Door Laredo
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door 70th Anniversary 16 23 $28,711 $30,215
RWD 4-Door Laredo 16 23 $28,711 $30,215
4WD 4-Door 70th Anniversary 16 22 $30,601 $32,215
4WD 4-Door Laredo 16 22 $30,601 $32,215
RWD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $34,626 $36,715
RWD 4-Door Overland 16 23 $36,519 $38,795
RWD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 23 $36,519 $38,795
4WD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $36,971 $39,215
4WD 4-Door Overland 16 22 $39,774 $42,295
4WD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 22 $39,774 $42,295
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,711
$26,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,215
$28,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$504 / month
$473 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one capable, good-looking crossover—and a welcome sign of life from Chrysler. The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 61.0
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 40.6
Front Hip Room (in)
57.0 57.3
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Leg Room (in)
38.6 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
56.2 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 61.3
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 151.7
Third Leg Room (in)
- 33.2
Third Hip Room (in)
- 40.7
Third Head Room (in)
- 37.8
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 50.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
69.4 70.4
Liftover Height (in)
32.4 NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 67.0
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 78.9
Track Width, Front (in)
63.9 67.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.1 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
68.7 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 21.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
NA - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.6 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x 1.2 - TBD -
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)
24.6 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.67 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.9 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
TY8 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
TBK NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TY8 - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P245/70R17 P245/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
750 300
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4470 4557
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Mini
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 175
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
700 650
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4800 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
ERB 998
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 290 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Transmission
Trans Order Code
DGJ 44J
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.09 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.84
Trans Type
5 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.87
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Jeep Grand Cherokee Ford Explorer
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 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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