2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee


2018 Ford Explorer

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Features & Specs

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2018 Ford Explorer

Engine power

295 horsepower

290 horsepower


Rear-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive


8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Fuel economy combined

21 mpg

20 mpg

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Explorer near Philadelphia, PA

The midsize SUV segment is large and filled to the brim with many options that are sure to catch your eye. That sort of thing can be overwhelming, especially if you're looking for that one special SUV to add to your family. In order to help make the process simpler, we have narrowed down the choices to two of the options in the segment: the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Explorer. To start, the Grand Cherokee has added a special trim level to the 2018 model. This trim is called the Trackhawk, and it comes with a supercharged V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower. There is also a seven-inch touchscreen that comes standard with every model, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen that is optional. The Ford Explorer only adds a few changes to the 2018 model year, including revised feature availability, a few styling tweaks, and an integrated 4G LTE hotspot. The competition between both of these midsize SUVs is heating up, with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee edging out the Explorer when it comes to changes to the 2018 model year. To find out who the final victor is, continue reading down below!

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling

There are five engines available with the Grand Cherokee. Every one of the Grand Cherokee engines come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. You'll even get up to around 7,400 pounds in towing capacity with the most engine options. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6, creating 260 lb-ft of torque and 295 horsepower. This base engine comes standard with 2WD, although you can opt for 4WD. The second engine, which comes in 4WD, is a 5.7-liter V8, producing 390 lb-ft of torque and 360 horsepower. The third engine that is available, which comes with the SRT, is a 6.4-liter V8, generating 470 lb-ft of torque and 475 horsepower. The most powerful engine, which comes with the Trackhawk, is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, producing 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. There is also a diesel engine that will be made available at some point, a 3.0-liter diesel V6, pumping out 420 lb-ft of torque and 240 horsepower.

2018 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

Only three engines have found a home in the 2018 Explorer. The first, coming standard with the base and XLT, can be found with FWD and 4WD. This engine is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that creates 255 lb-ft of torque and 290 horsepower. The next engine, found with the base, XLT, and Limited trims, comes with FWD and AWD. This engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 that creates 310 lb-ft of torque and 280 horsepower. The final option is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, that comes with the Sport and Platinum trims, and creates 350 lb-ft of torque and 365 horsepower. Every engine option comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design

Along with the five engine options, the Grand Cherokee gives you seven different trim levels to choose from. The first trim, called Laredo, comes with keyless ignition and entry, 17-inch wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a seven-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also add different packages, like the Laredo E, the Upland, and the Altitude. Among these packages, you might find features like heated front seats, a blacked-out appearance package, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation. Another trim offered is the Limited, which comes with a heated steering wheel, remote start, heated front and rear seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power liftgate, a 115-volt power outlet, power front seats, and leather upholstery. This trim comes with two package options, like the Sterling Edition, and the Off-Road Adventure II. One of the higher trims, called the Summit, comes with lane departure warning, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, active noise-canceling technology, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, additional noise-reducing window glass, and a self-parking system.

2018 Ford Explorer Features & Design

Like the engine options, the Explorer comes with fewer options for their available trims. The first of these is the Base, which comes with cloth upholstery, Sync voice commands, a rearview camera, manually adjustable front seats, and 18-inch wheels. Another trim, called the Limited, comes with premium audio, ventilated and heated front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-folding third-row seats, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable pedals. The highest trim, the Platinum, comes with a panoramic sunroof, a premium audio system, premium leather upholstery, and an automated parking system. As you can see, the standard features are lacking, and if you want more features, there is a complete lack of packages to give you the features that you want.


The amount of options that the Grand Cherokee offer is simply just overwhelming and the 2018 Ford Explorer cannot keep up. That is why the Grand Cherokee is the clear winner, and the midsize SUV that you should truly consider adding to your family. To learn more about the 2018 Grand Cherokee, you can check out our full model review, or you can give us a call today!

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