Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: Leasing Tips to Choose Your SUV

January 12th, 2021 by

Head to Head - Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Ready to picture yourself in a new SUV?

For a SUV that offers it all – great looks, cargo space, room for the family and more, you might be considering some popular options, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ford Explorer. Both have impressive engines and great looks.

Progressive has the details and leasing options. Let’s compare these two popular models.


The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever, having received more awards in its lifetime than any other SUV. According to J.D. Power, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a higher reliability rating than the Ford Explorer.

In addition, with the purchase or lease of any 2021 Jeep® brand vehicle, you are automatically enrolled in the Jeep Wave® program. This customer care program provides no-additional-cost maintenance and dedicated 24/7 support for 36 months.


While SUVs were once thought of as more utilitarian, they are now both rugged and luxurious. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer offer impressive interior options, such as leather, heated and ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels. While U.S. News and World Report Best Cars Edition noted the stylish interiors of both cars, they awarded the advantage to the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, saying it had a more classy and upscale design.


When it comes to rating cars, technology cannot be overlooked. U.S. News and World Report Best Cars Edition also gave the nod to the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee over the Ford Explorer here. Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with the Uconnect® System, which is used via a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touch screen. The available Uconnect 4C NAV offers Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ integration and available Sirius XM® All Access Package.

Towing Capability

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an available best-in-class towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. By comparison, the 2021 Ford Explorer has a maximum available towing capacity of 5,600 pounds. In addition, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has available all-weather capabilities with available systems, like the Quadra-Drive® II 4×4 System with Rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential and the available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System. These options offer road performance you can trust and excellent handling.

While both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer are solid options to consider for your next SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee shines in many categories. With 10 Jeep Grand Cherokee models, and many custom options, you’re sure to find exactly what you need.
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