Many of the three-row vehicles on the road today have lost their rugged backbones from years past.
The most car-like of these are probably the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia; they're not as wide as the Explorer, but they offer strong V-6 engines and optional all-wheel drive.
The Acadia Denali's interior is especially upscale.
The Honda Pilot feels plasticy by comparison, but offers good driving dynamics and lots of functionality.
The Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee technically share the same platform, though the Jeep isn't offered with a third row.
That said, they're a fantastic pair of vehicles, and both offer a little (or a lot) more off-road capability than can be found in the Explorer.
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|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||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||Gas V6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Gas V6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|Standard SUV 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD|
|FWD 4-Door Base||FWD 4-Door Convenience||2WD 4-Door SXT||FWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-1||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door Altitude|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||4 Door||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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