Compare the Ford Explorer

The 2017 Ford Explorer Sizes Up the SUV Competition at Lake Shore Ford



In the midst of an SUV shopping experience, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all of the seemingly great options laid out in front of you. With so much information to digest, so many features to look over and plenty of attributes to consider, you may feel like you're suffering from a real lack of clarity when it comes to making a final decision on a vehicle that you can envision yourself in years down the line. But the team here at Lake Shore Ford is here for you in this type of situation, deciding to see how a new Ford model from our lineup in the 2017 Ford Explorer does when put to the test against both the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot.

2017 Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Standard front power seats in the Ford Explorer make for easier adjustments prior to your driving, so that you can actually experience your preferred level of comfort every time that you pull out of the driveway. With the Jeep Grand Cherokee, you will have to make due, as these adaptable seats aren't even available
  • An available premium sound system in the Ford Explorer helps you listen to your music at a quality that you prefer, while you will have to stick to the normal experience of less pronounced speakers in the Jeep SUV
  • A key difference in the Ford Explorer and Grand Cherokee are the number of passengers that you're able to seat. With three rows of seating able to comfortably fit a larger party of seven passengers, you'll find it is easier to plan carpools with this new Ford model over the five passenger maximum in the Grand Cherokee
  • Standard all-season tires for the Explorer help you to maintain traction throughout the year and enjoy the open road amongst a variety of road surfaces. This is merely optional in the Grand Cherokee and something that you will have to additionally consider
  • With the extra room, the Explorer is the significantly more spacious SUV of the two. More front and rear head, hip, leg and shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee accompanies more generous cargo capacity and EPA interior volume

2017 Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

  • The 3.5-liter V6 engine in the Explorer edges out that of the Pilot in total horsepower at a gaudy 290 horsepower, giving you an extra boost when it comes to staying on schedule with commutes
  • The available premium sound system that the Ford Explorer boasts is something that you don't even have the option of considering in the Pilot
  • Front and rear head and leg room both offer more in the Explorer, and you will be thankful for this extra space allowing you to feel less crammed and more at ease on long travel days
  • The ability to tow with an SUV comes in handy on vacations, cross-country trips and other longer drive commitments. With the Explorer, you'll even be able to include more, as the 5,000 pounds in maximum towing capacity comes in at 1,500 pounds heavier than what the Pilot can maximize

From the larger components such as the amount of passengers you can seat to the smaller considerations such as the inches of leg space you're afforded, all of this information combines to give us a clear picture of which vehicle offers the type of experience behind the wheel that you prefer. And we're confident that you will conclude the 2017 Ford Explorer is the correct match after looking over this comparative review, and especially after test driving this vehicle here at Lake Shore Ford in person. Give us a call with your questions and figure out a time to stop down in your busy schedule soon!

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