The 2015 Ford Explorer impresses with its three engine options. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Its six-speed automatic transmission shifts gears seamlessly. Choose between front- and all-wheel drive to enhance performance. For greater fuel economy, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available. It may save money at the pump, but it still delivers a robust output of 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque. Explorer Sport models are equipped with an exclusive engine. Their turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine makes 365 horses and 350 pound-feet of torque. With either V6 engine, the Explorer tows its maximum load of 5,000 pounds.
The Jeep Cherokee derives its power from a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 281 horses and 266 pound-feet of torque. With the available dual exhaust system, output increases to 288 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque. Properly equipped, the Cherokee can tow up to 5,200 pounds.