The Ford Explorer's main competition is probably the GM trio of the Buick Enclave/GMC Acadia/Chevy Traverse, which are being replaced across their brand lineups.
The Acadia came first, and it pairs a downsized body with leaner engines, less pleasant cabins, and somewhat stiff handling.
The Enclave appears late in the 2018 model year, while the Traverse goes on sale in a few months.
The Explorer posts up directly against the Dodge Durango, another affordable three-row crossover SUV that still offers V-8 power and some Mercedes roots hidden well by its Toyota-esque shape.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is more off-road ready than the Explorer, and it has gorgeous and pricey models that now top off with Hellcat V-8 power.
The Honda Pilot is our pick for moderately expensive three-row utility: it’s safe, has flexible seats in its vast interior, and draws power from a big V-6, though its infotainment system is meh and its handling sometimes feels wobbly.
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|16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||11 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 SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD|
|Base FWD||FWD 4-Door||SXT RWD||FWD 4-Door SL||LX 2WD||Altitude 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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