Three-Row SUVs Compared: Explorer, Telluride, Palisade, Enclave, and CX-9
A pair of Korean newcomers and a fresh Explorer with its engine turned ask, who holds the aces, the East or the West?
BY JARED GALL
OCT 21, 2019
Car & Driver
Hey, you. Yes, you. Don't pretend you just noticed something on the back of your hand or that your phone is buzzing in your pocket. We're talking to you. You who couldn't get enough of procreating and now need three rows of seating in a vehicle. We know you well enough to know that you don't want a minivan and that only a two-box crossover will do. Lucky for you, carmakers are swiping right on you, which explains the flood of new three-row products tailored for your life. There's so much churn in the class right now that, for most of our testers, this is our first exposure to three of these models.
Most promising is the Ford Explorer. It might look like a malnourished example of the last-generation model, all vacuum-packed bulge split by bone lines, but it's so new that the engine is facing a different direction, and if you don't opt for all-wheel drive, the torque goes only to the rear wheels. Ford's turbo*charged 2.3-liter inline-four is on duty and has 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque turning the Ford/GM co-developed 10-speed automatic. The XLT is the lowliest Explorer trim, and this one packs all-wheel drive (a $2000 upcharge), 20-inch wheels ($1295), Ford's Co-Pilot360 Assist+ suite ($795), and a towing package ($710), for a grand total of $46,810.
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