2016 Ford Explorer vs. Its Competition

2016 Ford Explorer
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Explorer lands in a rather crowded segment of vehicles offering three rows of seating; yet the Explorer is one of roomiest and most comfortable.

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.

The most car-like of these Explorer rivals 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 biggest, rudest surprise for the Explorer may well be the graceful, superb new Honda Pilot; it's a luxury vehicle worthy of even more than an Acura badge, though its nine-speed automatic gives us pause.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power.
The Enclave is a smooth, comfortable vehicle suitable for large families.
The 2016 Dodge Durango hits a sweet spot between crossovers and SUVs—if you're willing to overlook the thirst, that is.
The 2016 GMC Acadia is too big and heavy to deliver car-like performance, but it's pleasant to drive and has enough space to replace the minivan in your driveway.
The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Standard SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door Convenience2WD 4-Door SXTFWD 4-Door SL2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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