||01-30-2011 04:03 AM
Re: FYI - Ford Explorer vs. GC review
There came an email subscription from a Ford dealership where I bought a Mustang from that included an article in quote copy below...
Vehicle Comparison: The 2011 Ford Explorer vs. the Jeep Grand Cherokee
Re-engineered for the real world.
With enhanced styling, improved technology and standard seating for seven, the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer bests the newest Jeep Grand Cherokee inside and out.
For the 2011 model year, both the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee see sizable changes to their iconic physiques. However, while Jeep updated their popular ute with fresh styling and some new amenities, Ford redesigned their family-mover from the ground up, creating a contemporary, 21st century sport utility more in tune with the demands of today’s drivers.
In place of the bulky, traditional design work found on the latest Grand Cherokee, the 2011 Explorer sports a cleaner, sleeker style with an aerodynamic front end, rear liftgate spoiler, low-rolling-resistance tires and thoughtful details like the Easy Fuel capless fuel tank. The Explorer’s reduced weight (with an aluminum hood and lightweight components, it’s about 100 pounds lighter than the outgoing model) and impressively low coefficient of drag (a best-in-class 0.35) speaks to the underlying purpose of Ford’s innovative design: Real fuel savings.
Jeep outfits their latest Grand Cherokee with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an available 5.7-liter V8. In return, the Jeep makes 290 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque (360 hp and 390 lb/ft of torque in the V8), but achieves just 23 highway mpg, or just 20 mpg in the V8. Ford’s advanced 3.5-liter V6 matches the Cherokee’s output (290 hp and 255 lb/ft of torque), but manages a best-in-class 25 highway mpg. The year 2011 will also see the release of Ford’s turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which promises 237 hp and 250 lb/ft of torque with even greater fuel savings. Both Ford engines use a standard six-speed automatic transmission while the Jeep only offers a five-speed automatic.
Though they both share similar unibody platforms, both vehicles take different approaches to Four-Wheel Drive; the newest Jeep features a complicated array of three different available 4x4 systems while the 2011 Explorer sports only one. The Ford promises quality over quantity, as the available system replaces the traditional transfer case with an advanced Terrain Management System. A console-mounted knob helps take the guesswork out of 4WD by actively manipulating engine response based on a series of driver-selected modes (Sand, Mud, Snow, Normal and Hill Descent). When properly equipped, the newest Explorer also tows up to 5,000 pounds with Trailer Sway Control and an invaluable Hill Start Assist feature.http://content.ll-0.com/davislibrary...i=012811111922
Despite the fuel savings, the new Explorer is taller, wider and longer than Jeep’s offering, parlaying its size advantage into impressive interior passenger and cargo space. Where the Jeep is limited to a maximum of only five passengers, the Explorer adds a third row for two additional passengers, and still manages to best the Grand Cherokee in front and second row shoulder room, head- and legroom. Cargo volume in the Explorer also trumps the Jeep by 12 additional cubic feet.
The Explorer’s upscale, redesigned cockpit stands in stark contrast to the Grand Cherokee’s traditional SUV-style cabin. Ford’s entry sports superior, segment-leading quietness with noise, harshness and vibration control that supersedes that of the newest Jeep. Technology, too, sees tremendous strides in the Explorer, which features everything from an available Sony® audio system with SYNC® voice control (for both the audio system, and peripherals such as your smartphone) to a pair of headrest-mounted DVD players. The Ford also features the industry-first MyFord Touch™ system, which provides information and simple, intuitive control over vehicle systems through a pair of LCD screens (an eight-inch touchscreen on the center stack, and a color display in front of the steering wheel).
Both vehicles share a number of important safety features including reinforced body structures and door beams, anti-theft systems and child safety locks. Ford adds an available keyless entry pad, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers and the six standard airbags of the Safety Canopy™, as well as a number of new industry-firsts: Ford’s standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® is the only electronic stability control system in the industry to utilize twin gyroscopes to help maintain balance around curves. The newest Explorer is also the first vehicle in the world to feature available inflatable rear safety belts, which reduce pressure and help keep rear occupants (particularly children) firmly in place in the event of a frontal collision. A blind spot warning system, adaptive cruise control and an SOS Post-Crash Alert System™ are also available on the newest Explorer, and missing from the Grand Cherokee.
More family-friendly, functional, flexible and fuel efficient than the Grand Cherokee, the newest Explorer is conceived, designed and engineered to better accommodate today’s modern sport-utility drivers. It also comes at a better price; the 2011 Ford Explorer features a starting MSRP of $28,190, over $2,000 less than the 2011 Grand Cherokee ($30,215). And the higher the model, the greater the difference in price; Jeep’s highest trim starts nearly $4,000 higher than the fully-equipped Limited model Explorer.
And as a final exclamation point on rivalry between the Ford Explorer and the Grand Cherokee, at the North American International Auto Show in January, a panel of recognized automotive journalists deemed the Ford Explorer "North American Truck of the Year." It was a competition that saw both the Explorer and the Grand Cherokee as finalists, and one in which the Explorer came out on top
Now what’s so Grand about that?
Ha, it does not work to convince me to buy FE instead of JGC. They are just sugarcoating. :lol: ha ha!
2011 JGC Rules! imo