Ford gives you three choices when it comes to engines. Base models feature a 3.5-liter V6. A turbocharged, 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder is the next step up, while the nicest versions come with a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
Cargo capacity falls upon the lower end of the segment. At 81.7 cubic feet, the Explorer's max cargo volume is eclipsed by the Chevrolet Traverse at 98.2 cubic feet, while the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander offer 83.9 and 83.7 cubic feet.
The base Explorer offers no driver-assistance systems as standard, whereas competition from Toyota and Honda come with standard adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, collision-mitigation braking and automatic high beams.