2014 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

2014 Ford Explorer
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
The 2014 Dodge Durango is a great family hauler, and a top-notch utility infielder when you need extra brawn—made better this year with some important upgrades.
A modest performer but a people-carrying overachiever, the GMC Acadia stakes out a claim right at the edge of Minivan Territory.
Despite the 2014 Honda Pilot's truck-like exterior, it's one of more practical and family-friendly models on of the market today.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee adds great turbodiesel fuel economy to a resume already blushing with talent.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Standard SUV 2WDN/A2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WD
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door SXTFWD 4-Door SLE12WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door Altitude
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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