If you're cross-shopping crossovers, the bulk of them don't even pretend to cater to the more adventurous drivers.
Of those, we like the GM crossover triplets best, 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.
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.
When the need for something more rugged arises, 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.
Either one's an excellent pick, but the Jeep's only a five-seater, while the Durango comes with a third-row bench.
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|2013 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2013 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2013 GMC AcadiaBrowse Used Listings||2013 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2013 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 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 SLE w/SLE-1||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic|
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|2013 Ford Explorer vs. 2013 Dodge Durango||2013 Ford Explorer vs. 2013 GMC Acadia||2013 Ford Explorer vs. 2013 Honda Pilot||2013 Ford Explorer vs. 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee|