Crossovers and SUV’s are more widespread than ever and competition in these markets is almost as high as in sedan segment. Utility vehicles of all sizes compete for supremacy, but most quality options can be found in mid-size and full-size parts of the market. Both 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2016 Ford Explorer fit this description and they offer premium quality as well.
Most rewarded SUV ever doesn’t carry the laurels for nothing. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is really a top quality vehicle which carries on without too many changes. There are four engines to choose from: base 3.6L V6, strong 5.7L HEMI V8 and fuel-efficient option, 3.0L diesel V6 which are offered across the standard lineup and 6.4L HEMI V8 which is exclusive to SRT, top of the line off-road model. All models are tied to 8-speed automatic transmission and best towing rates stand at 7,400 pounds.
2016 Ford Explorer
For the 2016 Ford Explorer we have some great news since it comes as facelifted model with some changes to powertrain segment as well. There are base 3.5L V6 and EcoBoost, twin-turbo 3.5L V6 options which are carried over, but new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder powerplant is supposed to offer strong performance without losing on fuel efficiency in the process. Needless to say, both vehicles offer all-wheel drive, but Jeep otherwise rides on rear wheels, while Ford uses front axle.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Vs 2016 Ford Explorer
Both vehicles are handsome in their own way. They both have similar body styles, but Grand Cherokee seems to be a little bit more angular. However, it isn’t much more boxy than Explorer which also has its squared off corners. Both cars offer inner refinement which can match luxury badge’s interiors, at least with top trim level options. There are some wood accents delivered here and, while 2016 Ford Explorer offers optional perforated leather seats, 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee adds optional Nappa or Capri leather. Latter one offers a feature list which would shame many luxury SUV’s.
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Some models offer power driver’s seat and corresponding passenger’s seat as well, plus a remote start and power tailgate. Top grades add ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof and aforementioned luxury upholstery. Ford Explorer might not have as colorful feature list, but it hardly falls behind either. In its top tier, blue oval’s full-size crossover comes with 12-speaker Sony audio system, power tailgate and optional dual-panel moonroof. Main difference is in seating accommodations as Explorer has three, while Grand Cherokee only offers two rows of seats. Safety features are rich in both SUV’s as they come with a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, forward collision warnings and adaptive cruise control among others.
2016 Ford Explorer Back
Best fuel efficiency figures in Jeep’s model can be seen with turbodiesel engine which is rated at 22/30 mpg. Otherwise, ratings drop which is natural, considering that other options are either V6’s or HEMI V8’s. Explorer, on the other hand is best with its new turbo four option which returns similar, but slightly lower figures than Grand Cherokee’s diesel engine. Other engine options are also equally matched to those of Jeep’s model, and so are base prices which are around $30,000 mark. Top trim of Grand Cherokee costs almost $50,000, while top version of Explorer comes with price tag of $43,000.
Explorer Vs Grand Cherokee
Both 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2016 Ford Explorer are great options if you require dependable SUV crossover of adequate size. They both offer fuel-efficient engine option and some more powerful ones as well, and it mostly comes to the number of seats that you need. If five seats are enough for you, Grand Cherokee seems to be slightly better choice, while seven seats are only offered in Explorer.