2022 Ford Explorer vs. The Competition

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How Does the Ford Explorer Fair Against Its Closest Competitors?

Since its debut in 1990, the Ford Explorer has been a leader in family-friendly SUVs. Highlighting a spacious three-row interior, powerful engines, and modern technology, the Explorer continues to push the boundaries of what's considered normal. While SUVs continue to grow in popularity, the Ford Explorer is continually evolving to stay one step ahead.

If you're in the market for a new SUV, the team at Wilson Motors knows you have plenty of options to consider. That's why we've crafted a handy comparison with some of the Ford Explorer's closest competitors so you can see how it stacks up against the most popular models available near Corvallis, OR. Learn about our new Ford Explorer SUVs by contacting our sales team or browsing the comparisons below!

Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot TrailSport is a capable SUV that offers an off-road-oriented package similar to the Ford Explorer Timberline. The Honda Pilot offers 7.3 inches of ground clearance on all trims, with their TrailSport model having a maximum ground clearance of up to 7.9 inches. The Ford Explorer matches this with a standard 7.9 inches of ground clearance with rear-wheel drive and 8.2 inches on all-wheel-drive models. Maximum ground clearance on the Ford Explorer Timberline comes in at 8.7 inches, allowing you to tackle rocks and mud confidently.

While both SUVs offer all-wheel drive, only the Ford Explorer delivers on rugged terrain thanks to improved ground clearance and available TORSEN® Limited-Slip Rear Differentials. With available steel skid plates and an off-road ready front fascia that includes tow hooks, it's easy to see why the Ford Explorer is the premier choice for drivers who take the long way home.

Ford Explorer vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

While the Hyundai Santa Fe is a strong competitor with bold looks, it falls behind the Ford Explorer when you need to pile in your friends or family. Seating capacity is one area where the five-seater Hyundai Santa Fe can't compete, as it lacks a third-row seating option. On the contrary, the Ford Explorer offers a standard third-row with seating for up to seven passengers.

The Ford Explorer also has available second-row captain's chairs for quick access to the rear bench. This option further improves comfort for second-row passengers as they each receive a foldable armrest. For drivers who carpool or enjoy road trips with their favorite people, the lack of seats in the Hyundai Santa Fe will likely be a dealbreaker.

Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Ford knows that towing requires torque, and the Ford Explorer is ready to deliver. The Chevrolet Traverse allows drivers to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, compared to the Ford Explorer's maximum available towing capacity of up to 5,600 pounds. Under the hood of the Chevrolet Traverse is a standard 3.6-liter V6 that produces 266 pound-feet of torque, whereas the Ford Explorer's base 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine produces up to 310 pound-feet of torque.

The Ford Explorer is also available with a hybrid powertrain or 3.0-liter EcoBoost® V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. If you're looking for top-tier performance in an SUV, the Ford Explorer ST completes a spring from 0-60 mph in just over 5 seconds. With this new Ford SUV, you'll receive a high-output engine that cranks out up to 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque.

Experience New Ford Explorer SUVs at Wilson Motors

Ready to get behind the wheel of a new Ford Explorer and see why this SUV continues to change the game? The Wilson Motors sales team is ready to walk you through the innovative features of our new Ford Explorer models so you can find or custom order the new Ford of your dreams. Browse our available inventory online, or contact a member of our sales team to schedule a test drive!

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