2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer Houston TX


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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2018 Ford Explorer


Keyless ignition



Wheel type


Painted Alloy

Engine torque

260 lb-ft

255 lb-ft


Rear-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Explorer near Spring, TX

We understand how stressful the car buying experience can be, especially if you’re torn between a segment of excellent options The midsize SUV class is filled with a seemingly unlimited amount of choices. However, we have pulled two vehicles out of that segment that we believe are head and shoulders above their competitors. Those vehicles are the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Explorer. To get an initial idea of these midsize SUVs, we thought we would show off what they’ve added as new features or trims to the 2018 model year. Jeep is pulling out all of the stops with the Grand Cherokee. They have added a trim that features a supercharged V8 engine that can generate up to 707 horsepower. That trim is known as the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. You’ll also find, as standard with every model, a 7-inch touchscreen. You can opt for the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Ford has only added a few things to the 2018 Explorer. One of these changes includes revising the front and rear styling. The other additions include a revised feature availability and an integrated 4G LTE hotspot. Which of these vehicles will come out on top? Right now the Jeep Grand Cherokee is off to a quick start!

Black 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee city building

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

The Grand Cherokee reigns as king when it comes to engine options. The first engine, which can generate 260 lb-ft of torque and 295 horsepower, is the always impressive 3.6-liter V6. The next engine, producing 390 lb-ft of torque and 360 horsepower, is the 5.7-liter V8. Another option, which comes standard with the SRT, is the 6.4-liter V8, creating 470 lb-ft of torque and 475 horsepower. The most powerful engine comes with the new trim, the Trackhawk. This engine is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, producing 645 lb-ft of torque and 707 horsepower. The final engine is a diesel option. It is the 3.0-liter diesel V6, generating up to 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Every V8 engine comes standard with four-wheel drive, while you can have either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with the 3.5-liter V6. Towing capabilities are up to 7,400 pounds with the Grand Cherokee!

White 2018 Ford Explorer in front of waterfall

2018 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

In comparison to the six engines that come with the Grand Cherokee, the Ford Explorer only comes with three engine options. All of these engines are V6 engines. The first, which comes with the base and XLT trim, is the 3.5-liter V6, producing up to 255 lb-ft of torque and 290 horsepower. The second engine, found with the base, XLT, and Limited trim, is the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4. That engine creates 310 lb-ft of torque and 280 horsepower. The last engine option, only found with Sport and Platinum, is the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. This engine is rated up to 350 lb-ft of torque and 365 horsepower. Every engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Front seats of 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee driver's seat

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

If the long list of engine options doesn’t persuade you to check out the Grand Cherokee, then the seven different trim levels should definitely peak your interest. The base trim, called the Laredo, offers you features like a 7-inch touchscreen, 17-inch wheels, satellite radio that is a part of a six-speaker sound system, heated mirrors, two USB ports, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless ignition and entry. We also recommend you check out the Trailhawk trim. The Trailhawk, which is an off-roading champion, features hill ascent and descent control, trim-specific interior styling, an adjustable air suspension, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, trim-specific interior styling, underbody skid plates, and an upgraded instrument display cluster. The Overland trim, one of the higher options, comes with xenon headlights with auto high-beam control, 20-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, automatic wipers, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lights, and a navigation system.

Front seat of 2018 Ford Explorer with beach in background

2018 Ford Explorer Features & Design

Five trim levels come with the Explorer, as opposed to the seven options that come with the Grand Cherokee. The base trim has very few features, and only includes things like a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, Sync voice commands, and manually adjustable front seats. The Limited trim adds to these features with a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, power-folding third-row seats, ventilated and heated front seats, premium audio, and power-adjustable pedals. The highest option, called the Platinum, gives you an automated parking system, a premium audio system, a panoramic sunroof, and premium leather upholstery.


The answer seems very clear to us. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has thoroughly defeated the 2018 Ford Explorer. There really is no midsize SUV that can compete with the engine options and the trim levels that are available with this machine. Whether you want an off-roading SUV, a family SUV, or even something to race on the weekends, the Grand Cherokee fits the bill. More information can be found by calling us, or even checking out our other reviews!

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