2010 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Explorer
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

If you need a rugged and incredibly capable SUV, the 2010 Ford Explorer is a good choice.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a worthy competitor to the 2010 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 when it comes to off-road performance.

The Kia Borrego is a relatively new truck-based offering that is also proving popular, thanks to its competitive price and impressive performance.

Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot is another vehicle worth considering; it looks like a traditional truck, with its boxy, imposing styling, but it's more of a crossover, with a very passenger-friendly interior.

The Nissan Pathfinder is quite good for off-roading and towing, due to strong, torquey engines and tough full-frame construction, as should be the all-new 2010 Toyota 4Runner, which promises those attributes, more refinement, and a new, more economical four-cylinder option.

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Quick Specs
For a truck-based SUV, the Ford is versatile and capable, with a great interior and a number of safety and entertainment features. For a smoother ride, consider a car-based SUV instead.
If you can deal with its overwrought styling, the 2010 Honda Pilot is an excellent family vehicle, with the space and comfort of a minivan and good overall performance.
Unless your routine involves off-roading or extremely difficult conditions, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee only serves to show that modern crossover vehicles are better choices for most families.
If you’re after serious off-roading ability, the Pathfinder is more than capable—otherwise, there are comfier options available.
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a brawny “true truck” worth serious consideration if tough off-roading capability for regular trail driving is one of your requirements—and it won’t sacrifice comfort the rest of the time.
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.
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Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class     
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door XLT2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door Laredo2WD 4-Door V6 S FE+RWD 4-Door L4 SR5 (GS)2WD 4-Door V6 LX
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive2 Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SR54 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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