If you cross-shop utility vehicles with three rows of seating, you'll quickly find that very few of them 'front' about ruggedness and off-road capability the way they did a decade ago.
Perhaps the most carlike models with three rows are the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave; they're a little narrower than the Explorer, but traditional ute looks are married to a fine V-6 drivetrain.
The interior on Acadia Denali models is especially luxe.
The Honda Pilot lots its way a bit, with less flexibility and a more plasticky, Tonka Truck interior with its last redesign; it's just a little over-the-top but still a good choice by most gauges.
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.
The Durango comes with a third-row bench, but the Jeep's only a five-seater.
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|2014 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2014 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2014 GMC AcadiaBrowse Used Listings||2014 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2014 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Gas V6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|Standard SUV 2WD||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD|
|FWD 4-Door Base||2WD 4-Door SXT||FWD 4-Door SLE1||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door Altitude|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||4 Door||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2014 Ford Explorer vs. 2014 Dodge Durango||2014 Ford Explorer vs. 2014 GMC Acadia||2014 Ford Explorer vs. 2014 Honda Pilot||2014 Ford Explorer vs. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee|