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2015 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

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Many of the three-row vehicles on the road today have lost their rugged backbones from years past.

The most car-like of these are probably the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia; they're not as wide as the Explorer, but they offer strong V-6 engines and optional all-wheel drive.

The Acadia Denali's interior is especially upscale.

The Honda Pilot feels plasticy by comparison, but offers good driving dynamics and lots of functionality.

The Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee technically share the same platform, though the Jeep isn't offered with a third row.

That said, they're a fantastic pair of vehicles, and both offer a little (or a lot) more off-road capability than can be found in the Explorer.

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The 2015 Ford Explorer has a historic name, but it's a much more comfortable, road-worthy vehicle than it ever was in the past.
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The 2015 Buick Enclave is one of the safest crossovers money can buy, and it impresses with its plus-sized chic styling and appointments.
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The 2015 Dodge Durango hits the sweet spot between crossover and SUV.
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While performance may not be its forte, the 2015 GMC Acadia is a strong contender as a replacement for the minivan in your driveway.
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The 2015 Honda Pilot is one of the most practical and family-friendly vehicles in its segment, despite its boxy, truck-like appearance.
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The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an engine for everyone, and a feature list as extensive as those found in luxury sedans.
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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