2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2018 Ford Explorer


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Features & Specs

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Ford Explorer

Keyless ignition

Standard

Available

Wheel type

Alloy

Painted alloy

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Explorer near Philadelphia, PA

When it comes to the SUV segment there are many options out there for you to choose from. Two highly-regarded competitors include the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the 2018 Ford Explorer. New for the 2018 model year, Jeep is offering the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This trim option is performance-focused, giving you a 707-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. Another addition to the Grand Cherokee is the 7-inch touchscreen that is no included as a standard feature on every Grand Cherokee. The 2018 Ford Explorer only has minor changes and additions, with a few styling tweaks, revised feature availability, and an integrated 4G LTE hotspot. The Grand Cherokee already stands out, especially as it keeps many features you love, and yet continues to give you more options.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

There are five different engines that you can find with the 2018 Grand Cherokee! These engines range from the standard 3.6-liter V6 to the Trackhawk's 6.2-liter supercharged V8. The 3.6-liter engine can generate up to 295 horsepower, while the 5.7-liter V8 engine boasts up to 360 horsepower. The diesel V6 engine can get you 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Higher engine options, like the SRT's 6.4-liter V8, give you 470 pound-feet of torque and 475 horsepower. The Trackhawk's engine generates 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. All of these engines work in tandem with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All V6 engines come standard with RWD, and have the option to switch to 4WD. Every V8 engine automatically comes with 4WD.

2018 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

There are only three engine options available with the 2018 Explorer, and none of which are V8 engine options. The base engine is the 3.5-liter V6 which produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The next engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 that creates 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The last engine available is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 which generates 350 pound-feet of torque and 365 horsepower. All of these engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission. As for the drivetrain, the first two engines are offered in front-wheel drive, but you can also find them with AWD. The twin-turbocharged engine comes standard with AWD.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

Seven trim levels are offered with the Grand Cherokee. The base trim Laredo offers you heated mirrors, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, a six-speaker sound system, and keyless ignition and entry. For a mid-level option, you can check out the Limited which offers a 115-volt power outlet, power front seats, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, heated front and rear seats, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery, and a power liftgate. The Summit is a premium trim offering, adding adaptive cruise control, a self-parking system, leather upholstery with diamond-quilted accents, noise-reducing window glass, and a nine-teen speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

2018 Ford Explorer Features & Design

The Ford Explorer comes with only five trim level options. The base model is called Base, and only offers manually adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, and Sync voice commands. A mid-level option is the Limited which adds a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, ventilated and heated front seats, power-folding third-row seats, and power-adjustable pedals. The higher option is the Platinum, giving you premium leather upholstery, an automated parking system, a premium audio system, and a panoramic sunroof. The amount of features being offered seems slightly lackluster in comparison to the Grand Cherokee


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Conclusions

The winner between these two SUVs seems very clear to us! The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers you a wide array of not only engines, but trim levels! The more choice, the more power that is given to you. The Ford Explorer simply cannot keep up with the amount of options offered, and with no V8 engine option, power seems to be lacking. If you're interested in a Grand Cherokee, stop by our dealership today!

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