2021 Ford Explorer Versus the Competition

The 2021 Explorer provides the right amount of power and torque for smooth acceleration and optimal handling, allowing you to drive with confidence. Pair that with the ample amount of standard features and a generous interior, and you have a well-rounded midsize SUV.




2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is a decent midsize SUV, but certainly not without opportunities for improvements. When measured against the 2021 Ford Explorer, deficiencies become glaring. Keep reading to learn more!

What Brings the Power and Control

                                                                       
2021 Explorer2020 Sorento
Horsepower400290
Horsepower Per Ton170146
Torque415252
TurbochargedIncludedMissing
Towing Capacity5,6005,000

Winner: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! The Explorer checks all the boxes while the Sorento can barely keep up.

 

Who Provides the Space

                                                             
2021 Explorer2020 Sorento
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"
Rear Head Room40"39"
Rear Leg Room40"39"

Winner: While the Sorento puts up a decent fight, the 2021 Explorer wins in every way possible. If you want that extra bit of space, comfort, and cargo storage options, go with a Ford.

 

Who Bring the Best Rates

                               
2021 Explorer2020 Sorento
MSRP$32,225$26,990

Winner: The Kia Sorento is cheaper than the 2021 Explorer in more ways than just price. It delivers less power, less space, and less towing capabilities. If you’re looking for overall quality, then we think the significant improvement of the 2021 Explorer outweighs the extra cost.

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

Warning, the reviews for the 2021 Toyota 4Runner aren’t pretty. Car and Driver says that it has “Poor fuel economy, sloppy on-road ride-and-handling, shabby interior materials.” Surely, the Ford Explorer must easily lap the 4Runner in regards to quality, right? Keep reading to find out!

Who Bring the Power and Control

                                                               
2021 Explorer2021 4Runner
Horsepower400270
Horsepower Per Ton170N/A
Torque415278
TurbochargedIncludedMissing
Towing Capacity5,6005,000

Winner: The Ford Explorer is off to a good start in the competition between the midsize SUVs. It offers more power, more hauling ability, and more responsiveness.

Who Provides the Space

                                                     
2021 Explorer2021 4Runner
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"
Rear Head Room40"38"
Rear Leg Room40"38"

Winner: Riders will be grateful for those extra inches in which they can stretch out for a more comfortable experience. For this reason, the 2021 Explorer takes the cake!

Who Brings the Best Rates

                             
2021 Explorer2021 4Runner
MSRP$32,225$36,340

Winner: No, that isn’t a typo, Toyota actually charges more for the 4Runner than Ford does for the Explorer. Surely, that’s a mistake, right? The unimpressive 4Runner has less power and less space, and yet it asks for $4,000+ more. The 2021 Explorer is the obvious winner when it comes to value.

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is great for off-roading and a decent infotainment system, but it’s far from perfect. It received mediocre safety ratings, bumpy ride, and gas mileage leaves a lot to be desired. Do the pros outweigh the cons when compared against the 2021 Ford Explorer? Let’s find out!

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                             
2021 Explorer2021 Grand Cherokee
Horsepower400707
Torque415645
TurbochargedIncludedMissing
Towing Capacity5,6007,200

Winner: Paired with all this power is questionable crash-test results and low gas mileage. While the Grand Cherokee is the winner, it’s crucial to look at the data with the understanding of the consequences.

Who Provides the Space

                                                             
2021 Explorer2021 Grand Cherokee
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"
Rear Head Room40"39"
Rear Leg Room40"39"

Winner: If you see photos of the truck, you may be surprised by the limited interior space. But there’s no denying, it offers riders surprisingly little room.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                               
2021 Explorer2021 Grand Cherokee
MSRP$32,225$32,500

Winner: The two vehicles are essentially neck-and-neck in regards to the MSRP with the 2021 Explorer gaining the slight advantage. However, the gas mileage and low reliability rating suggests that the regular expenses of owning the 2021 Grand Cherokee will grow exponentially over the years. Therefore, 2021 Explorer gets the crown.

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is all muscle, but does it have the finesse to match? It falls short in regards to safety ratings, standard technologies, gas mileage, and space. As a result, it may not be the best fit for most drivers. Keep reading to determine whether it meets your particular needs.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                                   
2021 Explorer2021 Durango
Horsepower400475
Torque415470
TurbochargedIncludedMissing

Winner: The power of the Dodge Durango lets it ride into first place, but with major caveats: it received concerning crash test results, low gas mileage, and has disappointing handling. So while the power is there, the strategic execution is not.

Who Provides the Space

                                                         
2021 Explorer2021 Durango
Front Head Room40"39"
Front Leg Room40"39"
Rear Head Room40"39"
Rear Leg Room40"39"

Winner: Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! The Explorer offers the extra head and leg room for both the drivers and passengers for an overall comfortable experience.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                               
2021 Explorer2021 Durango
MSRP$32,225$31,765

Winner: At first glance, the Dodge Durango wins. But think about this—its gas mileage is significantly worse than the 2021 Explorer’s. The discount you save in the beginning by buying the Durango will disappear the more you drive. Plus, safety features don’t come standard, meaning that they’ll cost even extra.

Who Provides the Space

                                                       
2021 Explorer2021 Traverse
Front Head Room40"41"
Front Leg Room40"41"
Rear Head Room40"40"
Rear Leg Room40"38"

Winner: Here, we ultimately have a tie. While the 2021 Traverse offers slightly more head room in the front, the back is much more cramped.

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse

The Traverse is a spacious midsize SUV, but it lacks power, gas efficiency, and lacks a turbocharged engine. Is this a dealbreaker for you, or do you need to break down how they measure up against one another? Read on to dive deeper into these two domestic models.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                               
2021 Explorer2021 Traverse
Horsepower400310
Torque415266
TurbochargedIncludedMissing

Winner: The Traverse fails to match the power of the 2021 Explorer. It’s lack of torque and a turbocharged engine, meaning it will be noticeably more sluggish.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Traverse
MSRP$32,225$29,800
Corrosion Warranty53

Winner: Car and Driver `notes that the Traverse has “[the] best features reserved for expensive trims, big blind spots, [and] a few cheap-looking interior plastics.” In short, its lower price reflects its lower quality and, if you want improvements, you have to pay for it. If you factor in its lower MPG, and its lower price becomes a lot more questionable.

2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot receives mixed marks from reviewers, many of them dinging this newer model for its poor reliability, limited tech offerings, and unimpressive power. This midsize SUV is the underdog when stepping into the ring with the 2020 Ford Explorer, but does it have what it takes to deliver a knockout punch?

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                             
2021 Explorer2021 Pilot
Horsepower400280
Torque415262
TurbochargedIncludedMissing

Winner: The 2021 Explorer quickly pulls into the lead in the battle between these two. Its power and torque leads to smoother driving and accelerating.

Who Provides the Space

                                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Pilot
Front Head Room40"39.5"
Front Leg Room40"41"
Rear Head Room40"40"
Rear Leg Room40"38"

Winner: While riders will enjoy an extra inch of leg room in the 2021 Pilot, they lose it in almost every other category. Therefore, we’re deeming this category to be a tie.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Pilot
MSRP$32,225$32,250
Roadside Assistance5 Years3 Years

Winner: The MSRP is seemingly too close to call, meaning that shoppers should look at other ways manufacturers can save them money. Ford offers more years of roadside assistance, poor reliability ratings, and higher gas mileage, leading to less spending over time. Therefore, the 2021 Explorer earns the crown.

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Nissan Pathfinder

Car and Driver awarded the Nissan Pathfinder only 4.5 out of 10 due to its “boat-like” characteristics and lack of storage. Ouch! It lacks the performance and polish of the Ford Explorer, making any comparison between the two an unfair match.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                             
2021 Explorer2021 Pathfinder
Horsepower400284
Torque415259
TurbochargedIncludedMissing

Winner: The 2020 Pathfinder isn’t even in the same league as the Explorer, as made evident by the difference in power.

Who Brings the Space

                                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Pathfinder
Front Head Room40"42"
Front Leg Room40"42"
Rear Head Room40"39"
Rear Leg Room40"39"

Winner: While the Pathfinder is generous to those riding in the front, backseat passengers will have less space to spread out. Therefore, there is no clear winner between the 2021 Explorer and 202 Pathfinder.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Pathfinder
MSRP$32,225$31,980
Roadside Assistance5 Years3 Years

Winner: The 2020 Pathfinder offers a cheaper MSRP, but keep in mind that the 2020 Pathfinder comes with significantly less features than the 2021 Explorer, such as the lane departure warning. Plus, the Explorer has better gas efficiency, meaning that Ford will help you save money over time.

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander

The 2021 Toyota Highlander offers a spacious interior and comes with more safety features than some of the other models mentioned here. However, reviewers note that it lacks agility and has an infotainment which can be frustrating at times. Is it better than the 2021 Explorer? Let’s find out!

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                             
2021 Explorer2021 Highlander
Horsepower400295
Torque415263
TurbochargedIncludedMissing

Winner: In the competition of power, the 2021 Explorer delivered a powerful punch to the Highlander with its Turbocharged engine. With numbers this different, there’s simply no comparison.

Who Provides the Space

                                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Highlander
Front Head Room40"40"
Front Leg Room40"42"
Rear Head Room40"39"
Rear Leg Room40"39"

Winner: Here, we have ourselves a bit of a tie. Though the Highlander leaves backseat customers a bit more cramped, the front seat leg room outdoes the 2021 Explorer.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Highlander
MSRP$32,225$34,810
Roadside Assistance5 Years2 Years

Winner: The 2021 Explorer helps users save thousands AND offers three more years of roadside assistance. Both models have a generous suite of standard technologies, so it’s fair to declare the 2021 Explorer the winner.

2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

We’ll be the first to admit that there’s a lot to like about the Santa Fe. It has many of the same features as the Ford Explorer, provides a generally comfortable ride, and is smart with gas efficiency. But it has its shortcomings, as well. It lacks power, leading to subpar performance and handling.

Who Brings the Power and Control

                                             
2021 Explorer2021 Santa Fe
Horsepower400235
Torque415260
TurbochargedIncludedIncluded

Winner: The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a turbocharged engine, but it’s still not enough to rival the impressive horsepower and torque of the 2021 Explorer. The victor is clear.

Who Provides the Space

                                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Santa Fe
Front Head Room40"41"
Front Leg Room4044"
Rear Head Room40"39"
Rear Leg Room40"39"

Winner: We call it as we see it, and the 2020 Santa Fe offers a very generous amount of leg room for front-row riders. However, those in the backseat will have slightly less room. While we’d love to call it a tie between Ford and Hyundai, we have to begrudgingly call the 2020 Santa Fe the winner.

Who Brings the Best Rates

                                     
2021 Explorer2021 Santa Fe
MSRP$32,225$26,275
Roadside Assistance5 Years5 Years

Winner: When viewing the difference in cost, one must consider how much solid performance and handling is worth. For families who care solely about the cheaper price tag, the Santa Fe may be the way to go. However, for those who value quality, the 2021 Explorer is the best choice!

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