Have the space you need, the engine power you crave, and the interior amenities you can't live without. Compare the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer, and you'll quickly see these two midsize SUVs have a lot to offer those in Watkins Glen and Ithaca.

The team at Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has put together this comparison, taking an in-depth look at what your travels in Elmira and Corning would be like when you own one of these vehicles.

Power Personified: Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Explorer

Performance is something every driver considers before buying or leasing a new car. You have no shortage of choices when it comes to the Grand Cherokee and Explorer. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 3.6L V6 engine on its base edition, which produces 295 horsepower. Linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission, it offers an EPA-estimated 19 MPG city/26 MPG highway, competitive numbers for a car in this class.

The base engine on the 2019 Explorer is also a V6 and produces 290 horsepower. While it's powerful, the Grand Cherokee ups its game by providing four different engine options, including a pair of V8 engines. The most powerful engine on the Explorer is the 365-horsepower V6. The 6.4L V8 Cherokee engine delivers 475 horsepower and has five different drive modes.

Looking for the most power on the Grand Cherokee? Look towards the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine, which can make up to 707 horsepower, for an experience reminiscent of a sports car.

Read the full 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee review here!

Towing and Capability

While neither the Grand Cherokee nor the Explorer are heavy duty trucks, they can be perfect for your towing needs if you aren't doing heavy lifting. The base edition of the Grand Cherokee is able to tow up to 6,200 pounds. With the V8 engines, you can tow up to 7,200 pounds, more than enough for a medium-size trailer with all of your toys for a weekend. The Explorer is powerful but maxes out at 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.

The available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System in the 2019 Grand Cherokee is able to adjust 4x4 power to enhance handling and maintain a grip on the road. The 4x4 systems in the Jeep are designed to provide peace of mind when traveling on snowy streets and slippery roadways.

Cabin Features

Once you step inside the Jeep Grand Cherokee, enjoy the standard Uconnect® infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touchscreen display along with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ functionality. A smartphone can be connected to this touchscreen, and you can read text messages, choose a new song, or use your favorite map app without looking down at your phone to do it.

The base screen on the Ford Explorer is a 4.2-inch offering with upgrades to the SYNC® 3 interface providing touchscreen capability.

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Explorer: The Final Word

Both the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer are driver-friendly vehicles, and if you enjoy a powerful Watkins Glen and Ithaca drive, you can get it in either of these vehicles.

We invite you to visit Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Watkins Glen to see the latest edition of the Grand Cherokee. Schedule a test drive to see how this car handles the roads of Elmira and Corning and experience it for yourself!

Contact us to schedule a test drive today!

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Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Watkins Glen

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