2018 Jeep Cherokee vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Jeep Cherokee driving down a mountain road

Drivers looking for a crossover SUV can’t go wrong with a 2018 Jeep Cherokee or a 2018 Ford Explorer. However, choosing between the two can be quite difficult. Comparing the 2018 Jeep Cherokee vs the 2018 Ford Explorer means drivers should look at pricing, fuel economy and storage differences between the two.

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee is available in five trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Trailhawk and Overland. The 2018 Ford Explorer is also offered in five trims: Base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum. The MSRP of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is $31,690, while the 2018 Ford Explorer is more expensive at $33,135. While both SUVs offer an identical amount of personalization, the 2018 Cherokee provides more value for its price point.

2018 Jeep Cherokee


2018 Ford Explorer

5 Trim Levels 5
$31,690 MSRP $33,135
21/30/25 mpg Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 16/23/19 mpg
24.6 cubic feet Cargo Capacity (All Seats In Place) 21 cubic feet

2018 Jeep Cherokee Fuel Economy & Storage

When it comes to fuel economy, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is more efficient than the 2018 Ford Explorer. The 2018 Cherokee received ratings of 21 miles per gallon for city driving, 30 miles per gallon for highway travel and 25 miles per gallon for combined city/highway travel from the Environmental Protection Agency. The 2018 Ford Explorer was rated for 16 miles per gallon for city driving, 23 miles per gallon on the highway and a combined city/highway rating of 19 miles per gallon.

SUVs are the go-to vacation vehicle for many families because of their large amount of storage space. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee has more cargo capacity than the 2018 Ford Explorer: 24.6 cubic feet compared to 21 cubic feet of cargo space.

Standard 2018 Jeep Cherokee features include: Traction control, tire pressure monitoring, dusk sensing headlamps, an engine immobilizer, a remote anti-theft alarm system, stability control, child seat anchors, a post-collision safety system and rear door child safety locks.