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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|2016 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2016 Buick EnclaveBrowse Used Listings||2016 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2016 GMC AcadiaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2016 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 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 SL||2WD 4-Door LX||RWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary|
|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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