2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2016 Ford Explorer

Medicine Hat and Lethbridge drivers might leap to the conclusion that the 2016 Ford Explorer is more advanced than the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee – but they’d be wrong. Despite its production year, the 2015 Grand Cherokee is still an unstoppable SUV, with levels of power, efficiency, and performance which can’t be matched by the new Explorer.


Jeep have always been known for offering a diverse array of engine options for each vehicle which they bring out, and the 2015 Grand Cherokee is no exception. Medicine Hat and Lethbridge drivers will have four to choose from, each offering a stunning combination of power and efficiency.

The Cherokee starts with the standard 3.6L Pentastar V6. Nominated to Ward’s ‘10 Best Engines’ list three separate times, it delivers 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 is also available – providing a Best-in-Class 420 lb-ft of torque – while a 360 horsepower 5.7L VVT V8 or a 475 horsepower 6.4L HEMI SRT V8 ensure unrelenting capability.

The 2016 Ford Explorer offers three engines – with no diesel option. Drivers may select from a 290 horsepower 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, a 280 horsepower 2.0L EcoBoost, or a 365 horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Not one engine can match the explosive maximum performance of the Grand Cherokee.


The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t stop at offering leading power, it also ensures that drivers don’t pay for that performance when it comes to efficiency. The 3.0L EcoDiesel can be fitted to take care of both, allowing you to reach up to a Best-in-Class 11.2 L/100km in the city and 8.4 on the highway.

While those numbers represent peak efficiency, Jeep have mated each powerhouse to a cutting-edge 8-speed automatic transmission system. The enhanced range of gear ratios means that fuel consumption is kept to a minimum across all engine options.

In contrast, the 2016 Ford Explorer uses a 6-speed transmission system across each model. Even with the most efficient engine equipped – a 2.0L EcoBoost – Medicine Hat and Lethbridge drivers can only expect 12.6 L/100km in the city and 8.5 on the highway.


The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers superior capability to the 2016 Ford Explorer, with several systems outperforming it at every turn:

  • Four-Wheel Drive: The 2016 Explorer uses an Intelligent 4WD to account for varying conditions, but the 2015 Grand Cherokee offers a choice of four 4×4 systems to ensure that you can meet any challenge with ease.
  • Terrain Management: The 2016 Explorer’s Terrain Management System is outclassed by the 2015 Grand Cherokee’s Class-Leading Selec-Terrain traction system, which offers five drive modes to the Explorer’s four.
  • Towing: If you need to haul heavy, the 2015 Grand Cherokee is your only real choice, boasting a Best-in-Class capacity of 3,265 kg to the 2016 Explorer’s 2267 kg.

Visit Jackson Dodge and Test-Drive the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee remains a peerless example of the SUV breed. To experience one today, just come down to the showroom at Jackson Dodge which is conveniently located in Medicine Hat and only a short drive from Lethbridge.