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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Summit 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility
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Motor - Automatic 3.6L 295 HP 6 Cyl.
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2021 Ford Explorer

Platinum 2WD 4D Sport Utility
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Motor - Automatic 3.0L 365 HP 6 Cyl.
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2021 Mazda CX-5

Grand Touring Reserve 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility
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Motor - Automatic 2.5L 227 HP 4 Cyl.

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From $21,000 - $37,999*

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From $20,000 - $30,999*

Mileage/Battery Range (EPA estimate)

13 city, 19 highway, 15 combined

16 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

22 city, 27 highway, 24 combined

Customer Review

5 out of 5

5 out of 5

4.3 out of 5

Reliability Rating 

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3.5 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

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A/C Seat(s)YesYesYes
ABS BrakesYesYesYes
Air ConditioningYesYesYes
Alloy WheelsYesYesYes
AM/FM StereoYesYesYes
Apple CarPlayYesYesYes
Automatic TransmissionYesYesYes
Blind Spot MonitorYesYesYes
Bluetooth TechnologyYesYesYes
Heated Steering WheelYesYesYes
Lane Departure WarningYesYesYes
Leather SeatsYesYesYes
Memory Seat(s)YesYesYes
Navigation SystemYesYesYes
Overhead AirbagsYesYesYes
Parking SensorsYesYesYes
Power Hatch/Deck LidYesYesYes
Power LocksYesYesYes
Power MirrorsYesYesYes
Power Seat(s)YesYesYes
Power WindowsYesYesYes
Rear DefrosterYesYesYes
Rear Seat HeatersYesYesYes
Rear View CameraYesYesYes
Satellite Radio ReadyYesYesYes
Side AirbagsYesYesYes
Smart KeyYesYesYes
Tow HitchYesYesYes
Traction ControlYesYesYes
Automated Cruise ControlYesYesYes
Full Roof RackYesYesYes
20 Inch Plus WheelsYesYesNo
Adjustable SuspensionYesNoNo
Android AutoYesYesNo
Auxiliary Audio InputYesYesNo
Cruise ControlYesNoNo
Front Seat HeatersYesNoYes
Harman Kardon SoundYesNoNo
Panoramic SunroofYesYesNo
Remote StartYesNoYes
Automated ParkingYesYesNo
Rear Entertainment SystemYesYesNo
Running BoardsYesYesNo
Bang & Olufsen AudioNoYesNo
Power Folding Third RowNoYesNo
Rear Air ConditioningNoYesNo
Rear SunshadeNoYesNo
Sync SystemNoYesNo
Third Row SeatNoYesNo
Turbo Charged EngineNoYesYes
Quad SeatsNoYesNo
Seat MassagersNoYesNo
BOSE Sound SystemNoNoYes
Head Up DisplayNoNoYes
DrivetrainFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Engine Size3.6L3.0L2.5L
Number of Cylinders664
Horsepower295 365 227
Torque (ft-lbs)260 380 310
Engine TypeGasTurbo GasTurbo Gas
Fuel Capacity24.620.215.3
Fuel TypeGasGasGas
City/Highway Mileage (EPA estimate)18/2518/2422/27
Overall Length189.8"198.8"179.1"
Leg RoomF 40.3"/R 38.6"F 43"/M 39"/R 32.2"F 41"/R 39.6"
Head RoomF 39.9"/R 39.2"F 40.7"/M 40.5"/R 38.9"F 39.3"/R 39"
Seating Capacity565
Max Towing Capacity620/6200 lbs.530/5300 lbs.200/2000 lbs.
Front TiresP265/50TR20P275/45HR21P225/55VR19
Rear TiresP265/50TR20P275/45HR21P225/55VR19

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