There is NO comparison between the two.
Nothing even comes close to the Ford Explorer. The Explorer is superior in terms of towing capability, power, features and amenities, turning radius, room, comfort and most importantly; reliability.
And I think the Explorer cost less I could be wrong
The Ford Explorer is also build on a TRUCK frame because it IS A TRUCK.
The Cherokee isn't. It's a raised car platform.
The Explorer also has larger windows for great photo opportunities on those scenic family road trips.
The Cherokee and Blazer has much smaller windows.
One good thing about the Cherokee is that it looks good sitting in a upscale suburban driveway.
I also like the woodgrain side panels that are availible with the Cherokee.
The best Jeep SUVs were the AMC era Wagoneers (1950-1991)