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People enjoy SUVs due to their large amount of cargo space, comfort, and interior amenities, all of which are very welcomed when cruising large distances. Two such options are the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2021 Ford Explorer. Both start at around $33,000 MSRP, so let’s see how they compare.
When talking engines, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has plenty of options. As standard, it comes with a 3.6L V6 with 295 hp and 260 lb*ft of torque, being the only option available for many of its trims. The other options are a 5.7L HEMI V8 on higher trims with 360 hp and 390 lb*ft of torque, a 6.4L HEMI V8 on the SRT trim level with 475 hp and 470 lb*ft of torque, or a supercharged 6.2L V8 on the Trackhawk trim level with 707 hp and 650 lb*ft of torque. They are linked to an 8-speed automatic in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The 2021 Ford Explorer has a few options too, but not as diverse. As standard, it comes with a turbocharged 2.3L I4 with 300 hp and 310 lb*ft of torque, the other options being either a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 365/400 hp and 380/415 lb*ft of torque or a hybrid powertrain. Of which are coupled to a 10-speed automatic in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Note that Ford’s numbers are while they are using premium gasoline, regular fuel will lower these numbers a little.
On the interior, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has plenty of options, as expected from an SUV in its class. The standard infotainment has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi hotspot compatibility and capability. There are plenty of safety features as standard, and you can add even more. You can get full leather seats, a rear-seat video system, rear heated seats, and many more on the higher trims.
People praise the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee for how comfortable and isolated it is. On top of this, cargo space is plentiful, the 3.6L V6 is more than adequate for its size, and the infotainment is also quick to respond.
To summarize, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an excellent option, better than the 2021 Ford Explorer due to how many options it has, both on the powertrain department and the interior department, along with how comfortable it is during extended cruises. As such, it’s arguably a better option for long drives and trips. Here at Shepherds Auburn we invite you to come in for a test drive, or experience our free delivery* option!
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