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Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Jeep Grand Cherokee

$626
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Explorer

$722
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

3
1
2
Above Average
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 20th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $626 which means it has average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is higher than normal, the severity of those issues is average, so your Grand Cherokee may have a few more shop visits when compared to other models.
3
1
2
Above Average
The Ford Explorer Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $722 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$626
inexpensive
expensive
$722
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.56
not often
very often
0.46
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (9)
4 (34)
3 (26)
2 (7)
1 (6)
The Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in heating.
“I have always been a Jeep girl - until this Jeep. Totally cured. The only problem is I am having trouble replacing it because I have always gone with Jeep. The loss of love started 2 days after...”
“I have always been a Jeep girl - until this Jeep. Totally cured. The only problem is I am...”
5 (9)
4 (70)
3 (44)
2 (15)
1 (5)
The Ford Explorer ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.
67% of reviewers would recommend this car.
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bauer edition and it was so reliable, it was a workhorse. When it first came out, big SUVs weren't...”
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer are both midsize SUVs, but have different seating layouts. The Grand Cherokee is a two-row vehicle, while the Explorer has three rows of seats. The Grand Cherokee comes with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, while the Explorer comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The standard engines in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer have similar ratings: the Grand Cherokee comes with 295 horsepower, compared to 290 for the Explorer. If you’d like a power upgrade, then the Grand Cherokee gives you more power and more choices, with up to 475 horsepower, plus a diesel option. The Explorer’s power options top out at 365 horsepower, and there’s no diesel option. 

Not surprisingly, the larger three-row Explorer has more cargo space, with 80.7 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded. The shorter two-row Grand Cherokee comes with 68.3 cubic feet behind its front row.  

There are a few major differences to consider when choosing between the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer. If you need three rows and the most space inside, the Explorer clearly wins. If you are fine with two rows, and can appreciate maximum horsepower, diesel torque or superior off-road ability, then the Grand Cherokee is the SUV for you.

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