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The Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Explorer are two regular sized SUVs that look similar at first glance. This trim is being priced at around $35,000 MSRP, so let’s see how they compare.
When powertrain is concerned, the biggest and most important thing worth noting is while both have a 4×4 option, the Jeep Cherokee Limited has a front-wheel-drive option by default. In contrast, the Ford Explorer Explorer has a rear-wheel-drive option by default.
As far as engines are concerned, the Jeep Cherokee Limited has 2 for this trim level (4×4), a naturally aspirated 3.2L with 295 hp and 260 lb*ft of torque, or a turbocharged 2.0L with 270 hp and 295 lb*ft of torque. Compared to the Ford Explorer Explorer’s only turbocharged 2.3L engine of 290 hp and 265 lb*ft of torque.
Transmission-wise, both trims have automatic transmissions. The Jeep Cherokee Limited a nine-speed one, featured in many other car manufacturers such as Honda but built by a 3rd party, and the Ford Explorer Explorer, a ten-speed one, which is for their use only.
As far as the interior is concerned, you get all you might ever need. Leather seats, an infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, physical knobs and switches, so you don’t have to navigate it to turn the A/C on, heated front seats, USB ports, an audio jack, a 115V outlet, and a bunch of other goodies, from parking sensors to humidity sensors, all of which are standard. As a quick example, the Ford Explorer Explorer doesn’t come with Apple Carplay or Android Auto as standard.
Buyers are satisfied with their purchase. They say it handles well for an SUV of this size, with a good ride quality, and the 3.6L has more than enough power, and it has been on the market for a long time.
If you are looking for an SUV without a 3rd-row seat, for town driving, highway driving, or snowy areas, the Jeep Cherokee Limited is a fine choice due to the front-wheel-drive or 4×4 and all the connectivity that the Ford Explorer Explorer lacks. Whether you are in Plainfield, Indianapolis, Avon, or surrounding areas, drive on into York CDJR of Plainfield to test Drive the all-new 2021 Jeep Cherokee Limited where “We’re not #1, you are!”
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