2021 Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer and Toyota 4Runner
Neither the 4Runner or the Explorer come close the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee in terms of luxury features and materials. You won’t find cheap plastic parts in the cabin but you will find ventilated Nappa leather and wood grain complimented by an available Harman Kardon Premium Audio System featuring a 10-inch subwoofer and 19 high-performance speakers strategically placed for a surround-sound experience.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a Best-in-Class towing capacity of 7,200 pounds compared to the 4Runner’s 5,000lbs and the Explorer’s 5,600lbs. The Grand Cherokee has a proven Trail Rated heritage and offers a Trailhawk trim that outshines both competitors with off-road technology and convenience.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has more headspace, shoulder room, and legroom than the 4Runner and Explorer. It will be more comfortable for longer trips and taller passengers. However, the Toyota 4Runner does have more cargo room and a third-row seat. On-road manners are unsurpassed in the Grand Cherokee rivaled only by the Ford Explorer which suffers from excessive road noise and a bouncy ride.
As for choices the 2021 Grand Cherokee offers 10 trim levels compared to 5 for the Explorer and 9 for the 4Runner. The Grand Cherokee base model offers more standard luxury features than the top trims of either brand. For those who want the best of on and off-road comfort, convenience, capability, and performance the choice is clear - The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the king of this mountain.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Starting msrp: $34,220
3.6L Pentastar V6; 295hp and 260lb-ft of torque
3.0L EcoDiesel V6; 240hp and 420lb-ft of torque
5.7L HEMI V8; 360hp and 390lb-ft of torque
6.4L HEMI V8; 475hp and 470lb-ft of torque
6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8; 707hp and 645lb-ft of torque
19 city/26 highway mpg
Choice of three 4x4 systems
Selec-Terrain Traction Control System
Available Quadra-Trac® Active On-Demand 4X4 System
Performance Pages on Uconnect® touchscreen
Best-In-Class Available Towing
Launch Control on Trackhawk® and SRT®
Starting msrp: $32,450
2.3L I-4; 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque
3.0L V6; 400-hp and 415 lb-ft of torque
3.3L V6 Hybrid; 318hp and 322lb-ft of torque
3.0L V-6; 365-hp and 380 lb-ft of torque
3.0L V-6; 400-hp and 415 lb-ft of torque
21 city/28 highway mpg
Choice of two 4WD systems
Michelin Self-Sealing Tires
4WD with Terrain Management System
Starting msrp: $36,590
4.0L V6 engine; 270hp and 278lb-ft of torque
16 city/19 highway mpg
Choice of two 4WD systems
Locking rear differential
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