Head to Head: 2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee: Which Should You Buy?

The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee sell more units than any other midsize SUV in the United States. They’re American-made classics that can ferry the family during the week and rule off-road on the weekends.

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee came in fifth in our rankings of SUVs with 2 rows, sixth among midsize SUVs, and second among off-road SUVs. The Grand Cherokee has an upscale cabin and impressive off-road capabilities. For 2016, it got an upgraded base V6 engine with more horsepower and better fuel economy.

The 2017 Ford Explorer didn’t fare as well in our rankings, coming in at No. 15 among midsize SUVs, No. 19 for SUVs with 3 rows, and No. 29 among crossover SUVs. The Explorer gets Ford’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system and an option for a potent twin-turbocharged V6.

Read ahead to find out which SUV will suit your family best. 

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