Compare the Ford Explorer to the Competition in Danbury, CT

The Iconic Explorer Proves its Best in Class

The Ford Explorer practically invented the SUV segment three decades ago, so it's no surprise to us that it remains the quintessential vehicle most Americans picture when they think of SUVs. Packed with amenities, features, interior room, and performance, the Explorer offers all that a family can ask of an SUV.

Of course, the mid-size SUV segment is a competitive one. That's why we put the Ford Explorer up against top competitors like the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia. Read on to see how things turned out.


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Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot


Buyers have a choice of three engines to propel their Ford Explorer: a standard 3.5-liter V6, an optional 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, or a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 that comes standard in the Sport and Platinum trims. The Honda Pilot? Well, the Pilot limits you to only a 3.5-liter V6, which isn't capable of matching the horsepower and torque numbers produced by any of the three Ford engines.


Both SUVs come with standard airbags, antilock brake systems, traction control, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, and driver-assistance systems such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and blind spot warning. However, the Ford Explorer performed better on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration front crash tests, earning a 5-Star rating compared to the Pilot's 4-Star rating.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse


The Explorer boasts a top end of 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which tops the Traverse and its 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you like to haul a weekend toy along, on a trailer, the Explorer's max rating is 500 pounds more the Traverse can safely pull.


Both SUVs have base models that come with intermittent wipers, power windows, power mirrors, rear defrost, cruise control, and privacy glass. The Explorer, however, also comes with standard features that the Traverse doesn't include, such as variable speed intermittent wipers, power steering, wireless cell phone connection, and auxiliary audio input.



Ford Explorer vs. GMC Acadia


You have a choice of three engines for your Ford Explorer, while the GMC Acadia limits you to two. The standard 3.5-liter V6 in the Explorer makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, far more than the Acadia's standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder manages. At the top end of each SUV's engine range, the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 offered for Sport and Platinum models generates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, outperforming the Acadia's 3.6-liter V6 and its 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.

When it comes to towing, the Explorer has a standard tow rating that's twice that of the Acadia. Trailer tow ratings follow the same trend, with the Explorer rated for a max trailer tow rating of 5,000 pounds and the Acadia topping out at 4,000 pounds.


The Explorer offers more passenger room in the cabin than the Acadia, making it the far more comfortable choice for carpools and family vacations alike. Not only does the Explorer give you more cargo capacity, but its third-row seats fold flat into the floor -- a feature the Acadia can't manage.

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