Is it time for you to start looking for a sporty and spacious vehicle for some adventures out past the Washington, Greenville, and New Bern area? The 2017 Ford Explorer is a fun and roomy SUV that's perfect for a growing family. However, at Pecheles Ford, we've had drivers ask us how it compares to the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While both vehicles certainly deliver, there's a clear difference between these two SUVs.

We're going to compare the 2017 Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee to show what they offer and what they lack. We'll take a look at the power and performance, passenger and cargo space, and the entertainment and technology. By reading this 2017 Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee comparison, you'll know which vehicle is right for you.

2017 Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee: Power & Performance

The 2017 Ford Explorer is equipped with a 3.5L V6 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 3.6L V6. Both engines can easily hit 290 horsepower, but each vehicle also offers other engine options to further boost its power. The Ford Explorer and its 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 can deliver 365 horsepower, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its 5.7L HEMI® V8 maxes out its performance at 360 horsepower.

Passenger & Cargo Space

There's a clear difference with these vehicles and their interior space. The Ford Explorer opens up with 151.3 cubic feet of space and three rows that can hold seven passengers. The Jeep Grand Cherokee features 105.4 cubic feet of space that only holds five passengers.

In terms of headroom, the Ford Explorer features 41.4 inches in the front and 40.6 in the middle, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee features 39.9 inches in the front and 39.2 inches in the rear. The Ford Explorer features 42.9 inches of front legroom vs. the 40.3 inches of front legroom in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. When all the seats are folded down, the Ford Explorer provides 81.7 cubic feet of storage space, which is way more spacious than the 68.3 cubic feet that the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers when its rear seats are folded down.

Entertainment & Technology

The Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee each feature a six-speaker sound system and voice-activated infotainment systems. Each vehicle features an AM/FM radio and USB/auxiliary inputs for personal media devices. However, the Ford Explorer also features an MP3-compatible CD player to add to your entertainment.

Learn More About the 2017 Ford Explorer

In this 2017 Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee comparison, our team at Pecheles Ford showed you how each of these SUVs differ. You saw that the Ford Explorer offers you more with its performance, its space, and its features. You can learn more about the 2017 Ford Explorer by checking out our review, or you can skip the research and head straight for the test drive!

Schedule your test drive with us today! At Pecheles Ford, we're thrilled to help drivers from the Washington, Greenville, and New Bern area make the right decision.

Make an Inquiry


Pecheles Ford

4020 Highway 264 W.
Directions Washington, NC 27889

  • Sales: 252-616-0246
  • Service: (888) 508-8463
  • Parts: (888) 522-1806


  • Monday 8:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Tuesday 8:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Wednesday 8:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Thursday 8:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Friday 8:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Saturday 8:30AM - 6:30PM
  • Sunday Closed