Leave your nine-to-five behind and explore uncharted territory in style in SUVs like the 2017 Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. These models offer much more than go-anywhere performance - they treat you and your family members to the comfort and space you crave. Before you decide which model is right for you, check out our SUV comparison guide.
2017 Ford Explorer vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
Get a new take on your daily ride in the Explorer. This SUV is both practical and plush - getting you through a day full of errands about town as easily as it takes you on a cross-country road trip. Bring the entire family along on any excursion, and they'll never lack of head or leg room.
This year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a nicer take on passenger comfort, with high-quality cabin materials and plenty of headroom to go around. If there's one improvement Jeep could make, it's making easier for passengers to get in and out of the cabin. Wheel well rocker panels and high step-in height compromise passengers' entering and exiting.
The Explorer's central infotainment system, Sync 3, is tough to beat. Its cutting-edge voice controls make it especially attractive. Use them to send voice-to-text messages or alter your navigation route - without ever taking your eyes off the road ahead. We also like the Explorer's optional 180-degree front camera, which can actually see around corners, giving you an excellent view even when visibility is limited.
Jeep's Uconnect system also provides the means to stay connected on the go. The touchscreen serves as your command center, giving you access to features from music options to climate controls. However, the menus can be less-than-intuitive, sometimes making you go through several screens to get to the app you seek.
If you want to cruise around with paramount peace of mind, choose the 2017 Ford Explorer. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2017/FORD/EXPLORER/SUV/FWD) Moreover, the Explorer's high-end safety features keep an extra eye out for danger. The forward collision warning system not only senses an oncoming collision, but it also primes the brakes for maximum stopping power.
In government crash tests, the front-wheel-drive Grand Cherokee earned four out of five stars for overall protection. However, the four-wheel-drive model earned five stars overall. The Grand Cherokee also offers high-tech driver aids like forward collision warning, but Jeep's version of this technology can be oversensitive, announcing warnings when no real danger exists.
For all-out rugged performance and towing power, the Grand Cherokee takes the lead. Properly equipped, this tough SUV can tow up to 7,400 pounds - which is quite a big boat or a whole lot of weekend warrior options. Unlike other vehicles in this segment, you can even get your Grand Cherokee with four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. Such sophisticated hardware makes it easy to delve into truly rugged off-road territory.
The Ford Explorer is another great pick for towing. Depending on which powertrain you select, this SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Its smooth ride helps you get your Jet Skis to the shore with ease. The Explorer may not roll over uncut territory with the same ease as the Grand Cherokee, but its all-wheel-drive performance will get you to your favorite camping sites - and then some.
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The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers a rugged ride, but the 2017 Ford Explorer comes out on top in our head-to-head comparison. Besides adding more adventure to your life, the Explorer's cabin gives your passengers comfy, spacious seating for hours of on-road comfort while keeping you connected and bringing you peace of mind. When you're looking for performance with a luxury spin, the mid-sized SUV for you is the 2017 Ford Explorer.