When you need an adventurous, well-equipped SUV to facilitate your busy lifestyle, you may consider either the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee or the 2017 Ford Explorer. Two admirable options for drivers in and around Springfield, IL, these SUVs each offer their own spin on technology, interior and exterior design, and value.

In particular, let's take a closer look at the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit and the 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum to determine which SUV will serve you best. If you have any questions, contact a Landmark Jeep product specialist at (888) 461-8081.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Interior & Exterior Design

The 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum and the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit enjoy some similar design elements, like bold 20-in. wheels, a moonroof, and a power liftgate.

Drivers will especially enjoy the rare balance between rugged and luxurious that the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit strikes. An array of interior and exterior features make the Grand Cherokee uniquely Jeep, plus you can customize your Jeep with genuine Mopar® parts and accessories.

  • Leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Active Noise Control System
  • Pirelli Brand Tires

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Safety & Technology Features

If you like immersing yourself in crisp audio and cranking up the radio with your friends and family, you'll enjoy the Harman Kardon® Logic 7® GreenEdge® Audio Group 825-watt amplifier and 19 speakers inside the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit. Combine this with UConnect® 8.4 with an 8.4-in. touchscreen, and you'll have navigation, audio, and controls right at your fingertips. The 500-watt, 12-speaker audio system inside the 2017 Ford Explorer simply can't compete.

The 2017 Ford Explorer's safety features include some overlap with the new Grand Cherokee, including a standard rearview camera and a Lane Departure Warning system. However, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit offers a thorough host of safety and security features that will help drivers achieve peace of mind on the road.

  • Hill Start Assist
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking


2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Performance & Capability

When it comes to performance, the 2017 Ford Explorer can be commanding on the road. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, however, generally earns better fuel economy, more towing capacity, and puts an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission to use for a smooth, efficient ride.

                            2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee                    Model         2017 Ford Explorer
3.6L Pentastar® V6 VVT (Std.)3.0L EcoDiesel
V6 engine (Opt.)
Engine3.5L EcoBoost®
260 lb.-ft.420 lb.-ft.Torque350 lb.-ft.
19/26 MPG22/30 MPGFuel Economy (city/highway)16/22 MPG
6,200 lbs.7,400 lbsTowing Capacity5,000 lbs.
paddle-shift automatic
8-speed paddle-shift
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic

Drivers interested in hitting the trails can explore a variety of 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee trim packages for off-roading and performance features such as:

  • Selec-Terrain® Traction Control System
  • Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension System
  • Quadra-Drive® II 4x4 System
  • Quadra-Trac® 4x4 Systems
  • Selec-Speed® Control

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Price & Value

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit starts at $50,395 MSRP, while the 2017 Ford Explorer runs higher at $53,235 MSRP. The entry-level Jeep Grand Cherokee trim package, the Laredo, starts at $30,295 MSRP, while the entry-level Ford Explorer trim package starts higher at $31,660 MSRP. It's only fitting that last year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was named a Consumers Digest 'Automotive Best Buy,' among other accolades.