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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee vs. 2011 Ford Explorer

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I test drove an Explorer XLT, Edge and the GC Overland Tuesday. I don't need 4wd or the V8. I have owned 3 explorers and a 4runner in the past and really wanted the ford MyTouch, better mileage, etc.. I don't like the looks of the new 4runner. The new design of the Explorer was okay but it felt like a boat on the road. I didn't like it all. The Edge drove much better and was very similar in interior specs to the GC. They were also running some very aggressive deals. I ended up buying the Overland, red w/saddle interior. Beautiful car. love the way it handles, quiet, nice ride. Lots of nice features. The 430 menu system and integration with the iphone is pretty weak but that's the only complaint.
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When shopping for my new JGC I test drove the 2011 Edge, Explorer, Audi Q5, GMC Terrain (don't ask, ugh).

Aside from the Terrain, the Explorer was dead last. The Edge was so much more preferable to the Explorer. In my opinion, they completely neutered it. It is extremely underpowered, uninsipired driving, uncomfortable seats. I was shocked at how poor it was, really. I expected I would like it but was very wrong.

It's like Ford couldn't decide what they wanted this vehicle to be, or they were attempting to appeal to both sides (The SUV buys & the soccer moms). IMHO they missed the mark on both, neither would be happy with that vehicle. The market is WAY too competitive in this segment to release a vehicle like that.

I'm sure they'll sell some due to name recognition, but I'd take an Edge over the Explorer any day.

I'm very glad with my JGC purchase, the closest vehicle to my VW Touareg that I loved, but would have cost me $10-15k more plus maintenance costs. The Audi Q5 was a close second....real close.

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Old 01-08-2011, 07:33 PM
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee vs. 2011 Ford Explorer

4 different reasons there are Ford people and there are Jeep people and yes Audi people too. I traded in my 2k EB AWD 5.0 V8 Explorer and it did GREAT by me. I looked for a long while and settled on the WK2 and believe it or not not having a 3rd row for me was a big deal (don't like or need it) and it had to have a V8. 2 me 2011 Exporer Vs Jeep are not in the same class to even be compared. Oh me, I'm a get the right kind of vehicle that I need people; this time I needed a 2011 JGC and I like it.
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I saw a 2011 Explorer in person...they are HUGE! How much larger are they than the 2011 Grand?
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I saw a 2011 Explorer in person...they are HUGE! How much larger are they than the 2011 Grand?
I think they are around the same size as the Acadia/Transverse/Enclave.
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I saw a 2011 Explorer in person...they are HUGE! How much larger are they than the 2011 Grand?
Well, I sat in an Explorer yesterday and in a GC today. The interior of the Explorer appeared to be MUCH bigger than the GC. I really loved both. The great fit and finish of the GC Overland and the huge interior space and perfected MyFord-system on the Explorer. The Ex would be the perfect long distance "traveller" and the GC would be the stylish Offroader and power-plant..

GC:

Width: 84.8"
Height: 69.3"
Length: 189.8"

Explorer:

Width: 90.2"
Height: 70.4"
Length: 197.1"

So the width and length certainly make the difference. Previously, somebody mentioned that the GC and the Explorer wouldn't be cross-shopped. I'd say that's far off reality. Two minutes into my conversation with the Ford-dealer, guess which vehicle he compared the Explorer to...
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee vs. 2011 Ford Explorer

If you put the new Ford explorer picture next to a Toyota 4runner it look almost the same. Ford this time copied the style from Toyota suv!
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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee vs. 2011 Ford Explorer

Saw this durango video a dealer did....thought they did a good job.

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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee vs. 2011 Ford Explorer

Im really diggin those durangos

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Saw this durango video a dealer did....thought they did a good job.

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Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee vs. 2011 Ford Explorer

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Well, I sat in an Explorer yesterday and in a GC today. The interior of the Explorer appeared to be MUCH bigger than the GC. I really loved both. The great fit and finish of the GC Overland and the huge interior space and perfected MyFord-system on the Explorer. The Ex would be the perfect long distance "traveller" and the GC would be the stylish Offroader and power-plant..

GC:

Width: 84.8"
Height: 69.3"
Length: 189.8"

Explorer:

Width: 90.2"
Height: 70.4"
Length: 197.1"

So the width and length certainly make the difference. Previously, somebody mentioned that the GC and the Explorer wouldn't be cross-shopped. I'd say that's far off reality. Two minutes into my conversation with the Ford-dealer, guess which vehicle he compared the Explorer to...
The WK2 is almost too big already, in my opinion. I definately don't need any more width - it's hard enough to get it through my garage doors as it is. Another 5.5" wide? No thanks.
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The WK2 is almost too big already, in my opinion. I definately don't need any more width - it's hard enough to get it through my garage doors as it is. Another 5.5" wide? No thanks.
As I said - everybody has different preferences/needs. Compared to the Expedition, it's still quite handy...

PS. The width is not such a huge deal - Ford managed to get those POWER FOLDING MIRRORS on it (not Power, folding mirrors). Hahahaha...
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The WK2 is almost too big already, in my opinion. I definately don't need any more width - it's hard enough to get it through my garage doors as it is. Another 5.5" wide? No thanks.
Width measurements can be deceiving. Sometimes they include the side mirrors and sometimes they don't.
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If you put the new Ford explorer picture next to a Toyota 4runner it look almost the same. Ford this time copied the style from Toyota suv!
Uhhhh, really? Well they do both have 4 doors and 4 tires.....



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