2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs 2021 Ford Explorer in Columbia SC

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Overview

Despite the Grand Cherokee being the most awarded SUV ever, it was not an option for the consumer who needed the third row of seats. But that all changes with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The L model sold and leased at Galeana Chrysler Jeep Columbia has an extended wheelbase, which allowed for the third row and seating for either six or seven depending on which second-row seats you choose. Another option for drivers seeking a three-row SUV is the 2021 Ford Explorer, which has recently arrived at the Ford dealerships that are serving Columbia Lexington Sumter Irmo and the surrounding areas. Join as we determine what sets two these two models apart by comparing the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs 2021 Ford Explorer in regard to their exteriors, cabins, technologies and much more.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L's Overview

Exterior - Jeep Dealer serving Columbia SC

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and 2021 Ford Explorer are in the same size class. The Grand Cherokee L is bigger but not by much. It has a 121.7-inch wheelbase and measures 204.9 inches long, which is a tad more than 17 feet. The Explorer, on the other hand, has a 119.1-inch wheelbase and measures 198.8 inches long, which is about 16.5 feet. The minimum ground clearance in both cases is more than 8 inches. Both models come with alloy wheels standard, and both manufacturers offer wheel sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inches. Both offer options like roof rails and adjustable power-operated rear liftgates, but Jeep offers more personalization options, including side steps and a black-painted roof.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L's Exterior

Interior - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L in Columbia SC

Both the Grand Cherokee L and Ford Explorer are similar in that they can seat either seven or six. The difference comes down to bucket seats in the second row, which are optional and become standard later in the lineup. There are no significant differences when it comes to headroom and legroom in all three rows, and the dedicated and overall cargo space are similar as well. With its new platform, which will soon be used for the standard Grand Cherokee and Cherokee models as well, Jeep wanted to elevate the function and form of its cabin, and it really shows. Even the base model feels upscale beyond the price point, and the Summit Reserve rivals any luxury SUV on the market. Ford takes a more economy-oriented approach earlier in the lineup, and its top trim is quite nice but not in the same class.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L's Interior
Jeep Grand Cherokee L Mechanical specs

Perhaps no aspect of a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs 2021 Ford Explorer comparison generates more buzz than the powertrains. All Grand Cherokee models are available with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive with the exception of the Summit Reserve, which is exclusively a 4x4 vehicle. The base model has a 3.6L V6 that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and which can tow as much as 6,200 pounds when the vehicle is properly equipped. Drivers who want more power can opt for a 5.7L V8, which can tow as much as 7,200 pounds. The 2021 Ford Explorer is also available as either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, and Ford also offers two engine options, both of which are paired with a 10-speed automatic. The base engine is a 2.3L turbo four-cylinder, which can tow up to 5,300 pounds. The option is a 3.0L turbo V6, which can tow as much as 5,600 pounds.

Columbia SC - 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L's Mechanical
Tech - Jeep Dealership in Columbia SC

Every 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L in our inventory at our showroom serving Columbia Lexington Sumter Irmo has the Uconnect 5 infotainment features. Standard features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen, voice control, integrated support for Apple and Android smartphones and a rearview camera system. Options include a 10.1-inch touchscreen and integrated navigation. The Explorer features the latest version of the Sync infotainment software. An 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard, but Ford also offers options like a 10.1-inch touchscreen and an integrated navigation system.

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You can test-drive the Grand Cherokee L today at our Jeep dealership serving Columbia Lexington Sumter Irmo. No appointment is needed, but if you prefer to schedule, you can do so online. If you want quotes or any other details, you can contact the team at Galeana Chrysler Jeep Columbia in a number of ways, including phone, text, email and live chat. You can also shop with us online through our website. Our site has all the tools you need to buy or lease a Grand Cherokee L from the comfort of home.

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