The Ford Explorer's main competition is probably the GM trio of the Buick Enclave/GMC Acadia/Chevy Traverse, which are all mechanically related.
The Explorer doesn't offer the same looks as the Acadia, or the same comfort as the Enclave, or the same brute-force versatility as the Traverse—but it's more well-rounded than each of those three separately.
More often the Explorer may be compared to the Dodge Durango, which is also an affordable three-row crossover SUV, isn't as refined as the Explorer, but offers traditional V-8 power.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is more off-road ready, if you're looking for that.
The Honda Pilot is an outside pick, but doesn't offer the same tech as the Explorer.
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|2017 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2017 Buick EnclaveBrowse Used Listings||2017 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2017 GMC AcadiaBrowse Used Listings||2017 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2017 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 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 I4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|Standard SUV 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD|
|Base FWD||FWD 4-Door Convenience||SXT RWD||FWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-1||LX 2WD||75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 *Ltd Avail*|
|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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