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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2020 Ford Explorer Differences in Indianapolis, IN

What are you looking for in an SUV? When comparing the premium luxury 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 2020 Ford Explorer, perhaps the biggest consideration is determining what type of utility you want most. Stylistically, the exterior of the 2020 Grand Cherokee performance luxury SUV is influenced by its off-roading, adventurous roots while the family-friendly 2020 Ford Explorer looks ready for “in town” and “on the town” experiences. Keep in mind that both of these models offer trim options with styling details and performance attributes that accentuate more of what you’re looking for. In terms of price comparison, both SUVs are similarly priced when similarly equipped. Check out our 2020 Grand Cherokee inventory and current lease offer from Champion Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Indianapolis, IN. Give us a call or contact us online if you’d like to take a test drive or reserve your favorite trim. Visit our hub page for more information on the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. For the purposes of this comparison, we’ll review the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT trim alongside the Ford Explorer ST.

Engine Options

Both the 2020 Grand Cherokee and 2020 Explorer offer four engine options. The Ford Explorer offers a hybrid option, while the Grand Cherokee offers three V8 engine options. Both the Grand Cherokee SRT and Ford Explorer ST represent high-performance trim levels. If you’re looking for even more performance, the 2020 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk trim, equipped with a 6.2L supercharged V8, delivers a whopping 707 HP and 645 lb.-ft. of torque.


Engine Options & Performance Specs

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT


  • 6.4L V8 SRT® HEMI® engine
  • Eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission
  • 475 HP
  • 470 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 13 city/19 highway MPG

2020 Ford Explorer ST

(Intelligent 4WD)

  • 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine with auto start-stop technology
  • Ten-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
  • 400 HP
  • 415 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 18 city/24 highway

Towing & Payload Capabilities

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST comes with a third row seat for seating up to six passengers, while the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT offers two rows for seating up to five passengers. If you’re planning to take to the road with a powerboat, recreational vehicle, or travel trailer in tow, the Grand Cherokee SRT delivers more capability when properly equipped.


Maximum Towing & Payload Capacity

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

  • Max. towing capacity – 7,200 lbs.
  • Max. payload capacity – 1,350 lbs.

2020 Ford Explorer ST

  • Max. towing capacity – 5,600 lbs.
  • Max. payload capacity – 1,459 lbs.

Interior Design

The SRT trim on the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is packed with high-end conveniences and appointments, including:

  • Heated and ventilated front leather seats with suede inserts
  • Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4. in. display
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hot spot
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with Traffic and Travel Link®
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Available dual-pane panoramic sunroof
  • Available high-performance audio, rear DVD entertainment center, trailer-tow group IV, and signature leather-wrapped interior packages

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST offers several similar upgrades, such as leather seating surfaces, a heated steering wheel, B&O® sound system by Bang & Olufsen, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, voice-activated navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hot spot, and available twin-panel moonroof.

Safety Features

Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer come equipped with a wide range of safety features and driver assistive technologies to help you stay aware of and respond to your surroundings. The 2020 SRT is equipped with the full suite of Grand Cherokee driver assistive technologies along with some advanced safety features, which include:

  • Electronic stability control
  • Four wheel traction control
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Remote start system
  • Blind spot monitoring and cross-path detection
  • Lane departure warning plus
  • Adaptive® cruise control
  • ParkView® rear backup camera
  • Enhanced accident response system
  • Full-speed forward collision warn plus
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Trailer sway damping
  • Tire pressure monitoring display

Test Drive Your New Jeep Grand Cherokee in Indianapolis, IN, Today

Ready to take the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a test drive? Search our inventory at Champion CDJR and pair it with our lease offer for a great deal. Give us a call if you have any questions. We look forward to helping you drive home your favorite 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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