How Does the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Compare to the Ford Expedition?
With both Jeep and Ford rolling out important changes to their 2015 models, you might be on the fence when considering which SUV is better for you and your family. For the best in functionality and style, which do you choose: the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ford Expedition?
Although they have some great similarities that make them stand-out vehicles, there are notable differences that become apparent when the two are compared. We hope we can help you make the most informed decision possible by comparing their exciting new features.
Stepping up its game, the Ford Expedition saw a significant change when it switched from its traditional 5.4L V-8 engine to the new and improved 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine. Ford claims that with 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, the new engine improves fuel economy with up to 20 mpg highway without compromising its power or towing capacity.
While the V-6 EcoBoost is a great option to consider, it’s the only one for the Expedition. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, however, boasts a 4 different engine packages depending on your desire for power and towing capacity. The engine options range from the award-winning 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 with 240 hp/420 lb-ft of torque to the ultra-sporty and powerful 6.4L V8 at 420 hp found in the SRT trim. To top it off, the Grand Cherokee delivers exceptional standard fuel economy of up to 30 mpg highway. You will rule the road like no one else and still cut back on emissions!
While the full-size Ford SUV comes with 6,600lb towing capacity and an available Heavy Duty Trailer Towing upgrade, the mid-size Jeep SUV delivers more with its best-in-class towing capability of 7,400lb. And let’s not forget the legendary Jeep off-roading capabilities with its three 4WD packages that champion all competitors in its class.
In terms of size, the Ford Expedition is rather large at 206 inches long and 91.8 inches wide, making it a tight squeeze in those small parking spots. Instead, park and make U-turns with ease in downtown Chicago with the slimmer Jeep Grand Cherokee at 189.8 inches long and 76.5 inches wide. Bigger is not always better.
When you look inside, the Ford Expedition sports a redesigned cabin, an 8-inch display with Sync for MyFord Touch, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, push button start, and the biggest differentiator: an optional third row of seating, increasing seating capacity to 8 passengers. The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with its own set of technological advances that steps the game up. This SUV comes standard with the award-winning 8.4-inch Uconnect control system, Bluetooth functionality, dual passenger climate control, and backseat USB ports, so you can charge any of your devices while on the go! Other available features include luxurious leather upgrades, Active Noise Cancellation, and an 825 watt 19 speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Taking on the road has never been so luxurious.
The Safety Features
In a vehicle meant to tackle more than just your average road, safety is important. The Ford Expedition keeps you secure with airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, however, goes the extra mile when it comes to the safety. It’s the most-awarded SUV ever with 70 safety and security features including Forward Collision Warning, Crash Mitigation, Selec-Speed Control, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, and many more.The Grand Cherokee speaks for itself with best-in-class ratings in almost all categories and offers a broader range of choices and standard safety features than the Expedition. Rest easy knowing you’ll be safe on your next off-road adventure!
The Bottom Line
Why mince words, Car and Driver Magazine may have said it best:
“Given its plethora of available models and options, the current-generation Grand Cherokee may very well be the most versatile vehicle extant, being equally suited for towing, off-roading, comfortable commuting, and outings to the ballet. (If it’s not the most versatile, it’s certainly a better value than others that may lay claim to the crown.)”
Bettenhausen Automotive in Chicago, Illinois has the best selection of new and used Jeep Grand Cherokees in the Chicagoland area. Our sales and finance teams will work with you every step of the way to get you exactly what you want at a price you can afford. Come take a test drive in the new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee at Bettenhausen Automotive today! You won’t find a better SUV for whatever your needs may be.