Despite the worst global pandemic in a century, the Ford Explorer maintained its status in 2020 as the company’s best-selling SUV. And for the 2021 model year, Ford enhanced the Explorer’s wide showroom appeal with a pair of new trims: a leather-lined King Ranch edition and a raised, off-road-ready Timberline. Not to be outdone, Jeep has just introduced a stretched version of its top-selling Grand Cherokee with third-row seating and dubbed it the Grand Cherokee L.
The new Jeep gets a 7-inch wheelbase stretch and spans 15.1 inches more than the two-row Grand Cherokee, which Jeep will continue to offer alongside the Grand Cherokee L. Dimensionally, the Ford Explorer and new Grand Cherokee L are within a few inches of each other, are available with rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, and offer seating for six or seven passengers.
Including the destination charge, base prices range from $36,320 to $54,330 for retail versions of the 2021 Ford Explorer (excluding the base fleet model) and $38,690 to $66,985 for the 2021 Grand Cherokee L.
Let’s see how Ford’s popular mid-size SUV and the newest rendition of Jeep’s top-seller that's stretched to Explorer proportions stack up against one another.