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2009 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

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If you need a rugged and incredibly capable SUV, the 2009 Ford Explorer is a good choice.

The editors of 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 in many years, and the Explorer’s interior is leagues ahead.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a worthy competitor to the 2009 Explorer if you don't need the extra room the Ford provides.

The Jeep only seats five, but it is far better than the Explorer off road.

The Kia Borrego is an all-new truck-based offering.

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Pathfinder
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2008 Toyota 4Runner SR52008 Toyota 4Runner
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Quick Specs
If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals.
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 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.
The 2009 Kia Borrego isn’t the type of vehicle that’s especially popular or fashionable at this time, but it’s a home run against the competition.
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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Detailed Spec Comparison
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