2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Explorer
7,200 lbs
Max Towing Capacity
5,600 lbs
Not Available
23 gal
Fuel Capacity
17.2 gal
Keyless Ignition

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Ford Explorer

With so many different SUVs on the market today, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you and your family. We here at St Clair Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM want to help, which is why we have taken two of the most impressive SUVs out there right now are the Grand Cherokee L and the Ford Explorer. Both of these wonderful SUVs would make a terrific addition to anyone's driveway, but only one has the advantage in terms of engine options and tech and performance-enhanced features. To find out which one comes out on top, continue reading below as we compare these two amazing vehicles!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Power & Handling

Two powerful engine options are available for the Jeep Grand Cherokee L that should satisfy all Jeep fans. Lifting the hood will reveal a 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out a spectacular 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque and connects to a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. If you're looking to tow a ton of material behind you, the V6 has you covered as it can haul up to 6,200 pounds. Looking for a little more power? Then we highly suggest a 5.7-liter V8 that delivers a massive 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, both of which pound the pavement. The V8 engine also comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, you can haul around up to 7,200 pounds which is tops in the class. Four-wheel-drive is available with both the V6 and the V8.

2021 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

The Ford Explorer also comes with two interesting engine options. Standard is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that deals out 303 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. If you decide on a higher trim, such as the ST trim, you get a touch more power thanks to a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 which adds a little more power and torque. Both engines will come with automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive, but all-wheel-drive is an available option if you prefer to have more traction. There is a lot to like about the Explorer's power numbers, but we like what the Grand Cherokee L offers a little bit more!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Features & Design

Thanks to its plentiful trim levels, the Grand Cherokee L comes with many tech and comfort features. Higher trims will see a 10.1-inch touchscreen that aligns nicely across the instrument panel and comes with a frameless gauge cluster and a touchscreen radio. Inside the massive three-row SUV, you'll find spectacular LED lighting that creates the perfect ambiance, driver and front-seat passenger message, personalized climate zones, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Not only is Grand Cherokee L one of the fastest and most technologically advanced SUVs in the world, but it's also one of the safest. These safety features include Forward Collision Warning, Active Lane Management, Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Path, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. There are also some more advanced features, such as an L2 driver-assist system with hands-on automated driving, along with 360-degree surround view and night vision.

2021 Ford Explorer Features & Design

The Ford Explorer has some interesting available features that are available throughout its multiple trim lineup. We get going with the base trim, which comes with a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Up next is the XLT, which adds to the base with roof rails, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, and second-row USB ports. If you want more luxury items, then the Limited is here for you as it comes with ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, and a 12-speaker audio system. Higher trims get more performance-based features, including paddle shifters, sport front seats, an automated parking system, adaptive headlights, a digital gauge cluster display, and a Class 3 Trailer Tow package.


There is a lot to love about both of these SUVs, but due to its more powerful engines and more impressive tech features, we will give the victory to the Grand Cherokee L! We highly recommend taking a test drive of this superior SUV by heading down to St Clair Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and scheduling one with our knowledgeable and friendly sales team members. We can even accompany you on the test drive to get used to all the engine options and features. If your find a trim you like, be sure to check out our finance department, where we will work with you towards a great deal. You can also check out our full Grand Cherokee L inventory here on our website.

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