Shopping for your next midsize SUV? You deserve a vehicle with plenty of space, capabilities, and the best in comfort to cart your family around town. At Peacock Ford, we want to help you explore two standout options in the segment: the 2019 Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

In this car comparison, we'll put these SUVs head to head, so you can see how they measure up. Once you have a closer look, you'll know which one can best provide for your and passengers in Maitland, Orlando, or Winter Park!                  

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Four-Wheel Drive



Max EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy (MPG)

19 city/27 highway

19 city/26 highway

Passenger Capacity

6 - 7


Max Cargo Space (cubic feet)



Explorer vs Grand Cherokee: Performance

The 2019 Explorer and Grand Cherokee are rugged performers, through and through. Both SUVs offer a range of high-performing engines, smooth transmissions, and available four-wheel drive (4WD) drivetrains that are ready for the trails. You'll even find off-road drive mode selectors in both for a more customized ride.

However, if you value efficiency in your next adventure, you'll do a bit better with the Ford SUV. You'll get an EPA-estimated 19 city and 27 highway MPG behind the wheel, while in the Jeep SUV, those figures will drop a bit to just 19 city and 26 highway MPG.

Interior Features: Versatile Cabin Space

The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee are two spacious SUVs, but you'll notice a difference in terms of what they can accommodate. The Explorer is a three-row vehicle with seating for six or seven people, depending on whether you opt for captain's chairs or a bench in the second row.

Meanwhile, the Grand Cherokee is a two-row vehicle with seating for five, giving you less room to work with. If you need to bring cousins, grandparents, or friends along for the ride, the Explorer's cavernous cabin has the room you need.

That spatial advantage translates to cargo space as well. The Explorer has 81.7 cubic feet of cargo volume available when the second- and third-row seatbacks are folded. The Grand Cherokee, by contrast, offers just 68.3 cubic feet in the same configuration.

Advanced Safety Features

Before you choose your next midsize SUV, you'll need to know that it prioritizes the safety of you and your family. Both the 2019 Explorer and Grand Cherokee offer several advanced driver-assist features to help you prevent or mitigate accidents.

These SUVs both offer available rain-sensing windshield wipers, which automatically adjust to match the pace of precipitation outside. Adaptive cruise control is another optional feature, and it helps you keep a preset distance from the vehicle ahead.

However, only the Explorer can be fitted with an optional 180-degree split-view camera. It offers a 180-degree view of what's happening in front of your vehicle, so you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way. The Explorer also offers the MyKey® driver monitoring system-a convenient way to track the driving habits of your teenage drivers.

Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Choose Your SUV

Now that you've seen the 2019 Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee up close in our car comparison, which one seems like a better fit for you? These SUVs each bring excellent qualities to the table, leaving Maitland, Orlando, and Winter Park shoppers with a major choice.

If you value cargo and seating space, advanced safety features, and fuel economy, the choice may be a bit clearer. The Explorer stands out in all these categories and really shows its worth. If you want to try it out for yourself, contact the sales team at Peacock Ford. We can set you up with a test drive today!

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