The Ford Explorer Takes on the Competition

At the dawn of the 1990's, three-row SUVs were just starting to become popular, and one model was leading the way in every sense of the word. The Ford Explorer has been the leader in family-friendly SUVs ever since it first debuted in 1990, and we're proud to bring our customers a range of great Explorer options to test drive and shop for here at Wilson Motors in Corvallis.

Many other carmakers have followed suit in the decades since the Explorer first came out, but none can match the Ford SUV in space, comfort, or power. Here in the Salem area, if you're in the market for a new three-row SUV for your family, you certainly have a variety of choices you can make, but you'll find none offer the same virtues and qualities as the Ford Explorer we have on our Northwest 5th Street lot.

The Ford Explorer vs. the Toyota Highlander

  • Size and cargo space. Both spacious models seat an entire family in three rows, but the Ford Explorer measures about 6 inches longer than the Highlander in length. What this translates to for you is more interior space. What the Highlander gains in seating by squeezing a third row inside its frame, it loses in cargo room. While the Toyota only accommodates 13.8 cubic feet of cargo, the Ford can hold up to 21 cubic feet.
  • Seating space. Speaking of that third row, with the Highlander SUV's shorter overall length, its third row is also cramped. In fact, the Ford Explorer has more legroom in all three rows than the Highlander, and its third row is more useful, while the Highlander third row is best suited for small children.
  • Power and performance. The Toyota Highlander underwhelms at its base level, especially when compared to the Ford Explorer standard engine and base level power. While Lebanon and Albany drivers can get the Explorer starting at 280 horsepower, and move up in power level from there, the Highlander starts with a 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine and tops out at just 295 horsepower.

The Ford Explorer vs. the Honda Pilot

  • Power and engine options. While the Ford Explorer offers a variety of engines for drivers to choose from, the Honda Pilot only has one sole engine for its entire lineup. Plus, while the Explorer's lowest available power rating is 280 horsepower, and other engines go up from there, the Honda Pilot base power is only 280 horsepower, with no other options for drivers who want a little more oomph.
  • Passenger room. In the front seat, the Explorer has two inches more legroom than the Pilot, and in the backseat, the Explorer offers more than an inch of extra legroom, which is especially nice for growing teenagers who like to stretch out. Move to the third row, and the Explorer has a more useful and comfortable space than the Pilot, which is small and best used for smaller children with little legs.
  • Cargo room. If you have a lot of soccer gear, golf clubs, camping equipment, or even just groceries, you'll be able to take more of what you need with you in a Ford Explorer than you would in a Honda Pilot. The Explorer cargo hold accommodates 21 cubic feet with all seats in place, while the Honda Pilot holds just 16.5 cubic feet.

Test Drive the Ford Explorer in Person near Eugene

The best way to see how much better suited the Ford Explorer is for your family, is to stop by and visit us in person in Corvallis. Let our sales team set you up behind the wheel of one of our available Explorer models and show you how this SUV leads the three-row pack in every way.

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