Consumer demand for SUVs is high, and two of the most popular choices currently on the market are the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2017 Ford Explorer. Which is best, however, will depend a lot on your own specific needs. That’s because even though the Grand Cherokee and Explorer have their share of similarities, they provide two distinct ownership experiences.
On the one hand, both vehicles are award-winning sport-utilities with versatile cabins, plenty of available technology, and some impressively robust engine choices. That said, the Grand Cherokee is a midsize entry, which offers two rows of seating, while the Explorer is nearly 10 inches longer—with space to fit three rows. It’s a size differential that leads to some noticeable differences regarding functionality as well.
But is it enough to give the Ford an edge here? Let’s find out.