2018 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Jeep Cherokee
2018 Ford Explorer 2017 Jeep Cherokee
  3.5L V6 2.4-L I4
  290 hp 184 hp
Seating Capacity
  6 7

2018 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Jeep Cherokee

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Mid-size or crossover SUVs have garnered a lot of devotees in the recent past. This is due to their versatility, convenience, and overarching off-road abilities. In addition to that, they make an excellent family car due to their roomy cabins and cargo hauling capabilities. The 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2017 Jeep Cherokee are two of the most popular all-American mid-size SUVs.

The 2018 Ford Explorer delivers a remarkable driving experience and an array of premium refinements. This new model fulfills its roles as a daily family transport vehicle. Its competitor, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee, doesn’t cease to amaze with its comfortable ride quality and exceptional off-road ability. But how do these two vehicles compare?

Driving Quality

The 2018 Ford Explorer offers an unmatched driving experience. It delivers a sporty feel thanks to its turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Explorer puts to good use its 350 pound-feet of torque, which enables it to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 6.3 seconds. This is quite impressive for a crossover SUV of its stature. The brakes of the Ford Explorer are more than adequate. They work in unison with the high-traction summer tires (optional) to provide a braking distance of 108 feet from 60mph to a stop.

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee, on the other hand, comes with a competitive horsepower and torque. Its 3.2-liter V6, which yields 271 horsepower and 239 lb. ft. of torque, works great on off-road tracks. However, the Cherokee is heavier than most of its competitors in the crossover segment. In some terrains, its weighty body makes the four-cylinder engine feel inadequate. Consequently, it can get a bit boisterous as you cruise at high speeds on the highway. While that might be the case, Jeep Cherokee’s V6 is commendable as it delivers a throbbing off-road performance.

Engine Options and Performance

The 2018 Ford Explorer brings with it a variety of engines to suit your different needs. You can choose the four-cylinder option, regular V6, or the turbocharged V6 to go with your favorite Ford Explorer trim. The base and XLT trims come with a standard 3.4-liter V6, which yields up to 290hp and 255 lb. ft. of torque. The turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that is available only in the Sports trim produces 365 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. It is incredibly powerful and is best suited for towing jobs or off-road cruising.

In contrast, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee has only two engine options- 3.2-liter V6, which yields 271 horsepower and 239 torque, as well as the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Though they are quite potent, they do not outshine Ford Explorer’s engine variants.


Typically, crossover or Mid-size SUVs are family cars. Their spacious cabins provide room for all family members, and the cargo space is also sufficient for luggage hauling. The 2017 Ford Explorer fits these criteria. It has a relatively spacious third-row seat and great cabin refinements. in addition to that, it delivers a top-notch drive quality and a fuel economy that is above par.

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee, on the other hand, is a competent off-roader in the crossover SUV segment. However, it might not be the best car for the daily driver due to its slightly underpowered base engine. Its fuel economy is also questionable, especially when compared to that of its competitors.

Both the 2017 Ford Explorer and the 2017 Jeep Cherokee are pocket-friendly crossover SUVs. However, the Ford Explorer outshines its competitor in several aspects. To find out its real potential, visit our Ford dealership today for a test drive.