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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

When you’re looking to get behind the wheel of a highly capable SUV for your commutes around Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Bartow, FL, there’s a good chance you’re considering the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ford Explorer. Ultimately, which is going to be the right choice for you?

Here at Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR) of Winter Haven, we’re dedicated to helping you every single step of the way through your car-buying journey, which we know that starts right here with the research process.

In order to help you decide on the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle, we created this handy 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer review. Now, let’s see how these two stack up against one another!

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Performance Features & Engine Specs

To get started, we’ll head right under the hood and take a look at what powers these SUVs.

With the 2020 Grand Cherokee, you’ll have the choice between four different available engines.

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines



Max. Towing Capacity

Standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine

295 HP

260 lb-ft

6,200 lbs.

Available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine

360 HP

390 lb-ft

7,200 lbs.

 Available 6.4L SRT® V8 engine

475 HP

470 lb-ft

7,200 lbs.

Available Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine

707 HP

645 lb-ft

7,200 lbs.

The 2020 Ford Explorer falls short, offering just three different engine options: the 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4, 3.0L EcoBoost® V6, and 3.3L Hybrid.

The available 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 tops out at just 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,600 pounds when properly equipped.

The most powerful engine in the Ford Explorer doesn’t offer nearly as much towing power as the base engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. If you’re looking for a powerful SUV, the Grand Cherokee is the obvious choice.

Trim Levels & Exterior Design

The Grand Cherokee offers 12 different trim levels, each with different design elements that make them stand out from the crowd.

You’ll definitely be able to find a style that fits your needs, and is sure to turn heads as your cruise by.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT®
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited X Jeep Grand Cherokee High Altitude Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk® Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit  

The Ford Explorer, once again, falls short. This model only offers five different trim levels whose exteriors look relatively the same, so you won’t have nearly as many style choices

The Verdict: 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Both SUVs may be great choices for your commutes around Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Bartow, FL. However, it’s clear that the Jeep Grand Cherokee outperforms the Ford Explorer in key categories, like powertrain and exterior design.

Here at DCJR of Winter Haven, our goal is help you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. For more information or to schedule your 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee test drive, call or stop by today!