Leasing a Grand Cherokee L vs. Ford Explorer or Hyundai Palisade: How to Pick the Best Third-Row SUV

June 2nd, 2021 by

When it comes time to lease your next vehicle, you may consider a third-row SUV. These special crossovers are the perfect blend of form and function, featuring spacious interiors along with the power necessary to explore off-road adventures.

But with so many on the market, how do you choose? To help you narrow down your selections, we’ve pitted the Jeep Grand Cherokee L against the Ford Explorer and Hyundai Palisade, two other top models in this class. See how these three third-row SUVs stack up.


Let’s start with the engines. The Grand Cherokee L offers a 3.6L V6 engine with 8-speed transmission, providing 19 (city)/26 (highway) fuel economy. Hyundai’s Palisade comes with a 3.8L V6, while the Ford Explorer, a classic pick, offers a 2.3L turbo inline-4. All three are gas-powered, offering horsepower in the same ballpark: 290 hp for the Jeep and the Hyundai, 300 hp for the turbo Ford.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L will take you anywhere you want to go — even if that’s off the beaten path — with three available 4×4 systems and the option to select an all-weather package, plus the most ground clearance of the three vehicles.


All three vehicle models provide ample comfort for both front and rear passengers, with your choice of luxe finishes, including leather lined options on the Grand Cherokee L. Second row passengers can enjoy roomy captain’s chairs in the Grand Cherokee L lineup, as well as in the Explorer and Palisade. Third-row seating features optional power folding, too.

All three SUVs feature standard Bluetooth connectivity, with wireless Apple Car Play/Android Auto available, as well as infotainment screens (up to 10.1 inches on upper trim levels of the Grand Cherokee L). Some trims of the Grand Cherokee offer seat heating, cooling, and massage, as well, for the ultimate in sensory experience.


Of course, safety is paramount, and the standard and optional driver assistance features prove this. All Jeep Grand Cherokee Ls include collision warning, active braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane assist. In fact, the JCL offers the most available safety and security features in its class.

You won’t need to fear driving an Explorer or a Palisade, either, though — those vehicles each offer rear backup camera, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and ABS brakes as standard, and they each earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSB as well.

Cargo and Hauling

It stands to reason that when you’re ferrying between 6 and 8 people, you’ll need room for all their stuff, too. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L, as the largest of the vehicles, features more than 84 inches of cargo space with the seats folded down. And if you’ll be towing, too, you can expect to haul up to 6,200 lbs in the Grand Cherokee L, compared to 5,600 lbs in the Explorer and about 5,000 in the Palisade.

Your SUV Destination

As it stands, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L shines as a third-row SUV with plenty of interior space, tons of amenities, and the technology that makes your life more enjoyable. Stop by the Progressive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom at our Massillon, Ohio, headquarters and see for yourself. Contact us to schedule a test drive with one of our friendly sales associates today.

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