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3-Row SUV Comparison Test: Kia Telluride vs. Toyota Highlander vs. Ford Explorer and Six Others

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14 minutes ago, rperez817 said:

Motor Trend wrote a follow-up article comparing the 3 best selling vehicles among the 9 tested. Highlander vs Pilot vs Explorer. https://www.motortrend.com/news/honda-pilot-ford-explorer-toyota-highlander-3-row-suv-comparison-test/

 

Wow, I know there was another earlier review that compared Explorer vs. Pilot, but this takes it to another level by slamming us on almost every attribute.

I thought at least we got something going with our advanced safety systems - it has fewer false-positives, gives a close gap with the vehicle in front when the ACC is activated, and the acceleration when you want to go up to whatever designated speed is pretty reasonable and natural. They're saying the lane-centering is not very predictable, but does Honda or Toyota have it at all?

Oh well, the comments are what they are for now, but I think this is perhaps a bit harsher than what I would've liked to see.

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On 3/29/2020 at 9:38 AM, fuzzymoomoo said:
On 3/28/2020 at 1:58 PM, rmc523 said:

 

you can just leave the 3rd row down? 


That's what I do

 

So I should pay for something that I am likely NEVER going to use ?

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1 hour ago, theoldwizard said:

 

So I should pay for something that I am likely NEVER going to use ?


If that's your logic, why do you need an Explorer? Couldn't you get by with an Edge? 

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10 minutes ago, fuzzymoomoo said:


If that's your logic, why do you need an Explorer? Couldn't you get by with an Edge? 

Maybe he really likes the overall Explorer look.

 

But, I doubt any manufacturer offers to delete the third row seats as an option. Seems if one wants the kind of cargo room afforded small and large SUVs, you are going to have a 3rd row. Could always just get a pickup too. 

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5 hours ago, theoldwizard said:

 

So I should pay for something that I am likely NEVER going to use ?

 

Then get an Edge?  No third row.

 

Or just put Explorer's 3rd row down.

 

I appreciate your posts over the years, as they've always been informative, but complaining about Explorer not having a third row delete (something it's not had for over a decade now) seems dumb.

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11 hours ago, Black Label said:

Maybe he really likes the overall Explorer look.

 

But, I doubt any manufacturer offers to delete the third row seats as an option. Seems if one wants the kind of cargo room afforded small and large SUVs, you are going to have a 3rd row. Could always just get a pickup too. 


You can delete the 3rd row in the Expedition. 

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1 hour ago, tbone said:


You can delete the 3rd row in the Expedition. 

🤯

 

Wow, really? I had no idea. First I ever heard of that, and I don't see it in the brochure or anything, but, okay. 

 

Edit: I found the Order Guide on this site. I see the XL trim, fleet only, does not have the 3rd row standard, it appears. Is that what you meant? I don't see in there where you can delete the 3rd row. 

Edited by Black Label

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19 hours ago, Black Label said:

🤯

 

Wow, really? I had no idea. First I ever heard of that, and I don't see it in the brochure or anything, but, okay. 

 

Edit: I found the Order Guide on this site. I see the XL trim, fleet only, does not have the 3rd row standard, it appears. Is that what you meant? I don't see in there where you can delete the 3rd row. 


Yes correct, I should have been more clear.

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On 3/31/2020 at 12:03 PM, Black Label said:

Maybe he really likes the overall Explorer look.

 

But, I doubt any manufacturer offers to delete the third row seats as an option. Seems if one wants the kind of cargo room afforded small and large SUVs, you are going to have a 3rd row. Could always just get a pickup too. 

When I was looking to buy a Range Rover Velar a year and a half ago (before I ended up going with the Nautilus), I understood that the larger Range Rover Sport could be ordered configured either with or without the 3rd row. And I think the original full fat Range Rover as well, though less sure about that...

Edited by Gurgeh

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It's a much bigger deal if the 3rd row doesn't fold nearly flat.  On our 99 Expedition you had to remove and store the 3rd row seat and that was a PITA.

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On 4/2/2020 at 3:33 PM, Gurgeh said:

When I was looking to buy a Range Rover Velar a year and a half ago (before I ended up going with the Nautilus), I understood that the larger Range Rover Sport could be ordered configured either with or without the 3rd row. And I think the original full fat Range Rover as well, though less sure about that...

 

I don't think the Range Rover offers a 3rd row (or maybe it does now, not sure - I know it didn't used to).

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10 hours ago, rmc523 said:

 

I don't think the Range Rover offers a 3rd row (or maybe it does now, not sure - I know it didn't used to).

Just checked, and you're right. The original large "full fat" Range Rover doesn't have a 3rd row option, which kind of surprises me. However, I remembered right about the Range Rover Sport, which falls in size mid-way between the full fat and Velar. From a dealer's website:

 

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes standard with seating for five passengers, but you have the option of tacking on a third row to increase the seating capacity to seven. On top of that, you’ll enjoy a max cargo capacity of 62.2 cubic feet

Edited by Gurgeh

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