Compare the All-New Ford Explorer vs. the Competition in Gaffney

Is the Ford Explorer Right for You?

When shopping for a family size SUV near Spartanburg and Shelby NC there are a lot of options on the market, and it can be overwhelming choosing a model that feels like the perfect fit. The new Explorer may look similar to previous models but on the inside is a radically new rear-drive platform related to the Ford Mustang. Turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines now exclusively rest under the hood which is better than anything its competitors offer. The 2019 Ford Explorer has a lot to offer your driving experience, and we want to help ensure you make a decision that feels right for your lifestyle and driving needs.

The Ford Explorer is very commonly compared to similar models such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota Highlander. There are of course other large SUVs to choose from, but these specific models compare the heaviest.

Engine Specs and Towing 

The Ford Explorer's base 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine pulls ahead on torque. It features a 365-horsepower V6 available, and a hybrid and even more powerful ST model. When it comes to drivetrain, the Explorer is the only member of this group to come standard with rear-wheel drive (2.3-liter only). The Durango is the only other three-row, non-luxury crossover to do so. 

When it comes to towing the Explorer easily pull ahead. It can tow up to 5,300 pounds with the four-cylinder and 5,600 pounds for the V6 engine option. Every other model tops out at 5,000 pounds.

Passenger and Cargo Space 

The Ford Explorer's interior is roomy, especially the third row where it bests all but the Traverse. Overall a full-sized adult can fit very comfortably in the third row, in the Explorer. When it comes to cargo space, the Explorer features 18.2 cubic feet which is more space than its competitors except for the Traverse. The smallest options from our competitions are the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot.


Safety Technology Features 

We know that Kings Mountain families care a great deal about safety, as it is the most important part about driving a family-sized SUV. The Ford Explorer comes with an array of safety features to give you the confidence you need to take on any road trip. Included on every trim is the Co-Pilot360 suite of features that includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, automatic high beams and a rearview camera with a built-in lens washer. 

The Subaru Ascent, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander come standard with many of these features as well, but blind-spot and rear cross-traffic systems only show up on upper trim levels. The Hyundai Palisade matches the Ford Explorer in comparison. The Chevrolet Traverse may have a bit more space, but unfortunately, Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic don't show up until the LT trim level, while forward collision warning and the automatic emergency braking are only available on the Premier trim and High Country. 

The Ford Explorer is incredibly powerful and versatile. It offers the safety features your family deserves and the engine options you'll love for fun and efficient driving. We know that making a decision is not an easy process. We hope you visit our dealership to check out the Ford Explorer and all it has to offer. If you have any questions regarding the Ford Explorer, we welcome a phone call. You can also check out our online showroom to get a head start on learning more about the Ford Explorer. We hope to work with you soon.