2007 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

If the key elements you want from an SUV are toughness and power, the 2007 Ford Explorer is probably the best way to go.

The Grand Cherokee, Pathfinder, and 4Runner are all better choices if off-roading is a priority, but all three rivals aren’t as roomy inside, in terms of usable space, as the Explorer.

In general, the Explorer also tops GM offerings such as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer or the GMC Envoy, which haven't received much of an overhaul since they were first introduced.

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Quick Specs
Those who have serious towing needs and consider full-size SUVs too ponderous will find the 2007 Ford Explorer just right.
Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes.
The 2009 GMC Envoy is only somewhat suited to hauling passengers from point A to point B. But if you tow frequently, the Envoy might still make sense.
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a genuine dual-purpose SUV that can handle daily commutes almost as easily as sandstone trails.
If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
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.
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Gas V6Gas I6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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N/AN/AN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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2WD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT2WD 4-Door SLERWD 4-Door Laredo2WD 4-Door V6 SRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SR5
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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