2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Edge
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Ford Edge
A full-size SUV is so much more than just a car. It’s an ideal choice for families, especially with children going to and from school and other activities. It’s your home base for road trips or outdoor camping adventures. It’s your companion on big grocery trips, moving days, or anytime you need to pack in a little extra cargo. When shopping for a new SUV, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of options on the market. Luckily, we’ve pulled together two strong competitors, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the 2021 Ford Edge, to help you decide which SUV is right for you. We’ll be comparing their power, design, and numerous features to determine which SUV we ultimately recommend. If you want to learn all the details about these contenders, continue reading below!
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Power & Handling
The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a total of 10 models, with four powerful engine options across the lineup. The base-level trims start out with a 3.5-liter V6 serving up 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Next comes the 5.7-liter V8 with its 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Cherokee SRT trim has its own unique engine, the 6.4-liter V8 which bumps things up to 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Last but certainly not least, the new Trackhawk trim introduces an ultra-powerful 6.2-liter supercharged V8 which pumps out an impressive 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque! These last two trim levels offer peak racing performance, while the Trailhawk trim is highly capable off-road, offering up to 20 inches of water fording, and an impressive 7,200-pound tow rating when properly equipped.
2021 Ford Edge Power & Handling
The Ford Edge offers five trim levels in its 2021 model year, with just two engine options available. The base-level engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. This engine offers 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, and can be found on the SE, SEL, ST-Line, and Titanium trims. The other option is the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, which is the standard on the ST trim. This engine delivers 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The first engine pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the second receives a 7-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the board though all-wheel drive is available. Unlike the Grand Cherokee, 4-wheel drive is unfortunately not an option here. Also, due to the Edge’s lower power output compared to the Grand Cherokee, its maximum towing capacity remains just 3,500 pounds.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Features & Design
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a classic design with an upright frame, and strong, angular character lines. The front end features Jeep’s iconic seven-slot grille, flanked by slim LED headlights for a sleek and refined feel. Inside, the Grand Cherokee seats up to five, with ample head and leg room for each and every passenger. The Grand Cherokee features the Uconnect infotainment system, with either a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s also soft Nappa leather upholstery available, as well as Berber carpeted floor mats, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. The standard audio system can be swapped out for a premium setup from Alpine on upper trims, and there’s also an available Pro Tech II advanced safety package for added security.
2021 Ford Edge Features & Design
The outer appearance of the 2021 Ford Edge is a bit rounded and oblong-looking, with a wide corrugated pattern grille. The blue oval Ford logo appears to float in the grille’s center. Like the Grand Cherokee, the Ford Edge also seats five, with features such as the Sync infotainment system with smartphone integration for Apple and Android, dual-zone climate control, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Ford Edge provides the Co-Pilot 360 safety package, as well as rear parking sensors. Though the Edge is relatively well-equipped in terms of technology, the interior itself could use an update. The layout of the dashboard doesn’t feel quite as modern as the tech features it provides. Additional features include wireless smartphone charging, and leather upholstery on upper trim levels.
Both these SUVs offer a wide array of enticing features. However, due to its off-road abilities and timeless design, we feel it’s clear that the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the best option between the two. The Ford Edge simply doesn’t deliver the same power and capability, and instead feels a bit sluggish at times. The Edge also doesn’t have the benefit of off-road capabilities, whereas the Grand Cherokee gives you more to enjoy on and off the paved roads. You can check out our new Grand Cherokee inventory right here on our website, or by visiting our showroom in Westminster, Maryland! Our knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help. Give us a call today at Len Stoler CDJ!