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2008 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View
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If you need a rugged and supremely capable SUV, the 2008 Ford Explorer is a good choice.

The editors of TheCarConnection.com think it's a much better choice than its traditional competitors from General Motors, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy.

These models haven't changed significantly since their 2002 introduction.

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8.2
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As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
8.0
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The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
7.6
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The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a genuine dual-purpose SUV that can handle daily commutes almost as easily as sandstone trails.
7.6
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If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
7.2
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The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
MSRP From    
$26,495$27,695$29,420$26,980$28,415
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door Laredo2WD 4-Door V6 SRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (SE)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
58575
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SR5
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD

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