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Dare to Compare the Ford Explorer​ in Wexford, PA

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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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

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185 @ 5800

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240 @ 3600

Torque (lb.-ft.)

310 @ 3000

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184 @ 4200

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420 @ 2000

EPA-estimated (city/hwy) mpg

19/27

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20/25

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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

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360 @ 5150

Torque (lb.-ft.)

350 @ 3500

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390 @ 4250

EPA-estimated (city/hwy) mpg

16/22

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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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