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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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