The 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee are two SUVs with two different personalities. For fun and adventure the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee may be your choice; but for the full package, the Ford Explorer is the sure choice.
Ford’s best-selling midsize SUV comes out in an all-new generation this 2020 model year. The completely redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer is not only stylish on the outside, but the inside does not disappoint. Comfortable with three rows of seating, including two captain chairs, this SUV seats 6 with the option to seat 7. With plenty of legroom and cargo space, the Explorer is a comfortable ride. Its cargo space has grown with the new design from 43.9 cubic feet to 47.9 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. The Ford’s standard turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 300 hp comes with a smooth and sturdy 10-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel-drive platform. It improves handling and towing; and it transmits power to its wheels more effectively. When properly equipped this SUV can tow an impressive 5,600 pounds. For pulling heavy loads, the Ford Explorer can’t be beat..
The 2020 Jeep Cherokee places in the bottom half of SUV review rankings, with no major changes to this SUV, its rivals have nicer interiors and feel more composed on paved roads. Off-roading and adventure are Cherokee’s top priority even with its weak engine. Cherokee’s 180-horsepower four-cylinder base engine makes for slow acceleration and power. For a midsize SUV, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee only has the capacity to seat five with minimal head- and legroom. Put that with limited cargo space and it might feel a little cramped. It provides 25.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 54.7 cubic feet with them folded. Its towing capacity isn’t up to par with Ford’s. When properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
The new 2020 Ford Explorer offers impressive safety and tech features with its Ford Co-Pilot360 technology and driver-assist. Its highly rated infotainment system can quickly connect to your smartphone with added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For your safety and assistance, your mind will be put to rest with Blind Spot Information System, Rear View Camera, Lane-Keeping System, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Auto High-Beam Headlamps.
This Jeep comes with the Uconnect infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. As far as safety features, the Grand Cherokee comes standard with only a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Driver assistance is available including blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The base list price for the 2020 Ford Explorer’s four trim levels start at $36,675 with a fully loaded Platinum starting at $58,250. These prices support Ford’s fully redesigned Explorer models and a long list of standard tech and safety features. Explorer’s most efficient base engine gets 21/28 mpg in the city and highway.
With seven trim levels, the Jeep Grand Cherokee pricing starts at $25,740 for the Cherokee Latitude to $36,745 for the Cherokee Overland. This pricing supports what the Jeep was meant to do without all the added features of the Explorer. The base engine gets an average 22/31 mpg city and highway.
The 2020 Ford Explorer does a lot of things well with this comfortable family size SUV and powerful engine. It can handle your adventures and road trips, as well as your trips around town. Unless off-roading and recreation are a priority, the 2020 Ford Explorer is the SUV that can handle it all.