2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Explorer
357
Max horsepower
300
10.9 inches
Max ground clearance
8.7 inches
7,200 pounds
Max towing capacity
5,600 pounds
24.6 gallons
Fuel capacity
17.9 gallons

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs Ford Explorer

Up until the 2021 model year, Jeep has never been a contender in the three-row SUV segment. Throwing their hat in the ring with the all-new Grand Cherokee L was a brave move, given all the heavy hitters in the class, like the Ford Explorer. But Jeep has never backed down from a challenge, and the Grand Cherokee L certainly won't be the first to do so! With two potent engines and a seemingly endless list of standard and available features, Jeep's first three-row SUV is leaving its mark on the segment. In its 30th model year, the Explorer by Ford has come a long way, getting a redesign for the 2020 model year, the 2021 Explorer brings a lot to the table. Keep reading below to see how the all-new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L competes with the Ford Explorer!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Power & Handling

Standard under the Grand Cherokee L hood is a 290 horsepower 3.6L V6 with 257 lb-ft of torque. The available 5.7L V8 boosts these numbers to 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. With the available tow package, the V6 engine can haul up to 6,200lbs while the V8 can haul up to 7,200. Both the V6 and V8 engines are mated to a sturdy TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The standard steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters give drivers more control over their Grand Cherokee L's performance. Jeep vehicles stand out in their classes for their superior 4x4 capability, and the family-friendly Grand Cherokee L is no different. While rear-wheel drive is standard, the Grand Cherokee L can come with Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, or Quadra-Drive II with an electronic limited-slip rear differential. Each system offers full-time 4x4 capability with a single-speed transfer case for Quadra-Trac I and a two-speed transfer case for Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. Quadra-Trac II is standard on the off-road-ready Overland trim.

2021 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

There definitely isn't a loss of power in the Ford Explorer lineup. The standard engine is a 2.3L turbocharged I4 that is good for 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Exclusive to the Explorer Hybrid is a 3.3L V6 partnered with an electric motor for 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. The Platinum trim comes exclusively with a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 that kicks out 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The top-level ST trim comes with a tuned 3.0L V6 that rips out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. While the Explorer's engines are powerful, the Grand Cherokee L stays ahead with its incredible 4x4 capability. Like its Jeep opponent, the Explorer comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for some all-weather ability but doesn't offer the same off-road chops as Jeep's 4x4 systems. The Premium and ST trim levels come out of the factory with all-wheel drive.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Features & Design

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is quite possibly the most well-equipped SUV in its class. And where it may fall behind in engine power, it certainly makes up for with standard features. The entry-level Laredo trim's interior features include adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic climate control, second-row bucket seats, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, an 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen with navigation, a 10.25-inch digital driver information display, a power driver's seat, push-button start, and more. The exterior includes keyless entry, roof rails, heated side mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, and more. Higher-level trims feature heated/ventilated front seats, a power passenger seat, leather upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control, massaging front seats, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 19-speaker McIntosh sound system, Quadra-Lift air suspension, a single-pane or panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, and much more.

2021 Ford Explorer Features & Design

The Ford Explorer has put its boxy design in the past and reinvented itself with a sleeker, more aerodynamic design. Standard on the entry-level Ford Explorer are things like a power driver's seat, a second-row bench, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The upper-level trims are more appealing with keyless entry/push-button start, roof rails, all-wheel drive, 20-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch driver information display, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, a single or dual-pane sunroof, and more.

Conclusion:

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L has created some fierce competition for the Ford Explorer. And with its world-class 4x4 capability available, optional air suspension, and a luxurious interior no matter the trim level, the Grand Cherokee L just might take over the class! The Grand Cherokee L has started to roll out of the factory and will be arriving in our showroom shortly. If you're not entirely sure about the all-new Grand Cherokee L, come on down to Reedman-Toll Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to learn more about the Grand Cherokee L and all of its impressive features! We look forward to seeing you!


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