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Dare to Compare the Ford Explorer​ in Phoenix, AZ

When it comes to exceptional comfort, class, and safety technology, the Ford Explorer has virtually no competition. ​ If you start to look at the numbers* among the Explorer’s biggest competitors, which include the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Jeep Grand Cherokee, you will see that no SUV is a match for one of our favorite Ford’s.

There are so many options out there for you and so we wanted to break it down for you. ​ Take a look at a few of the most important specs out there for the Explorer and it’s respective competitors and you will know there is no other SUV for you.

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2016 Chevrolet Traverse in Phoenix, AZ

Chevrolet Traverse

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Toyota Highlander

2016 Honda Pilot in Phoenix, AZ
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Phoenix, AZ

Honda Pilot

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Engine 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 N/A 2.7L DOHC I-4 N/A 3.0L EcoDiesel V6
Horsepower 280 @ 5500 ​  185 @ 5800 ​  240 @ 3600
Torque (lb.-ft.) 310 @ 3000 ​  184 @ 4200 ​  420 @ 2000
EPA-estimated (city/hwy) mpg 19/27 ​  20/25 ​  22/30
Engine 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 3.6L DOHC V6 3.5L DOHC V6 3.5L SOHC V6 3.6L DOHC V6
Horsepower 290 @ 6500 281/288 @ 6300 270 @ 6200 280 @ 6000 295 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft.) 255 @ 4000 266/270 @ 3400 248 @ 4700 262 @ 4700 260 @ 4800
EPA-estimated (city/hwy) mpg 17/24 (FWD)
16/23 (4WD)
17/24 (FWD)
16/23 (AWD)
19/25 (2WD)
18/24 (4WD)
19/27 (2WD; A6)
20/27 (2WD; A9)
18/26 (4WD; A6)
19/26 (4WD; A9)
19/26 (2WD)
18/25 (4WD)
Engine 3.5L EcoBoost V6 N/A N/A N/A 5.7L OHV V8
Horsepower 365 @ 5500 ​  ​  ​  360 @ 5150
Torque (lb.-ft.) 350 @ 3500 ​  ​  ​  390 @ 4250
EPA-estimated (city/hwy) mpg 16/22 ​  ​  ​  14/22
Max. Trailer Towing (lbs.) 5000 5200 5000 3500 (2WD)
5000 (4WD)
7400 (2WD)
7200 (4WD)
Head Room (1st/2nd/3rd row in in.) 41.4/40.6/37.8 40.4/39.4/37.8 40.7/39.9/35.9
39.5/39.6/35.9
(with moonroof)
40.1/40.2/38.9
39.5/39.9/38.9
(with moonroof)
39.9/39.2/N/A
Shoulder Room (1st/2nd/3rd row in in.) 61.5/61.0/50.8 61.5/61.0/57.6 59.3/59.0/55.0
(XLE and Limited)
62.0/62.0/57.6 58.7/58.0/N/A
Hip Room (1st/2nd/3rd row in in.) 57.3/56.8/40.7 58.0/57.8/48.3 57.2/57.1/45.6 59.1/57.3/44.6 57.0/56.2/N/A
Leg Room (1st/2nd/3rd row in in.) 42.9/39.5/33.3 41.3/36.8/33.2 44.2/38.4/27.7 40.9/38.4/31.9 40.3/38.6/N/A
Max. Cargo Volume (cu. ft. seats folded) 81.7
43.9
21.0
116.3
70.3
24.4
83.7 (max.)
42.3
13.8
109.2
55.9
18.5
68.3
36.3
N/A
Front and rear 180-degree cameras with washer Available N/A N/A Available (rear only) N/A
Hands-free, foot-activated liftgate Available N/A N/A N/A N/A
Enhanced Active Park Assist Available N/A N/A N/A N/A
Inflatable outboard rear safety belts Available N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lane-Keeping System Available Available (Warning only) Available (Warning only) Available N/A
Multicountour front seats with Active Motion Available N/A N/A N/A N/A
PowerFold 3rd-row seat Available N/A N/A N/A N/A
SecuriCodeTM invisible keypad Available N/A N/A N/A N/A
Seating capacity 7 8 8 8 5
Terrain Management SystemTM (TMS) Standard with 4WD N/A N/A Standard with AWD Standard with 4WD
Trailer sway control Standard Standard N/A N/A Standard
Individual TPMS Standard Standard N/A Standard Standard
According to Kelley Blue Book, you will love the Explorer if “you’re looking for a family SUV with advanced electronics and safety features, plus a wide range of engines and option choices”, and we’ve got to be honest, what else could you be looking for?

*All specifications based on 2017 Fusion model, 2016 competitor models
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