The Explorer isn't the only crossover to roll over the SUV Rubicon.
Technically, the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee are crossovers, since they're intended mostly for on-road driving, though those fantastic vehicles have a bit more off-road prowess than today's Explorer does.
We can't figure out what happened to the Honda Pilot, which had been a top pick in the class, but now has less flexibility and a more plasticky interior, not to mention over-the-top SUV cues that look cartoonish for a Honda.
We like the GM crossover triplets, and the GMC Acadia may be our favorite of all: it's a little narrower than an Explorer, but the traditional ute looks are married to a fine V-6 drivetrain and on Denali models, a luxe interior.
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|2012 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2012 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2012 GMC AcadiaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2012 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6|
|Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Base||2WD 4-Door SXT||FWD 4-Door SL||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door Laredo|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2012 Ford Explorer vs. 2012 Dodge Durango||2012 Ford Explorer vs. 2012 GMC Acadia||2012 Ford Explorer vs. 2012 Honda Pilot||2012 Ford Explorer vs. 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee|