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Mercury Mountaineer, Ford Explorer, SUV
Dec 13, 2005 (6:40 pm)
Is it fair to compare the 2006 Ford Explorer Limited to the Nissan Pathfinder and Dodge Durango? I rented both Explorer and Durango. Explorer, I like the vehicle alot pleasant ride, and had no problems with it what so ever. There is one little thing that kind of got me thinking. The gas mileage of highway some what suxed. I expected alot better. The Durango, wow the 5.7 HEMI I mean wow! I like the exterior look which was a plus and the usable 3rd seat I was comfortable, the Explorer I dont remember sitting back there. Back to the Durango I was so shocked to see the Highway mpg alot better then the Explorer. Comfortable ride but alot of wind noise though! And I'm currently trying to rent a Nissan Pathfinder and hope to see which I liked overall! Like all 3 vehicle just wanting to see what you guys thought! Oh and I have attention to look on the Mountaineer, just not my brand!
Dec 16, 2005 (9:10 am)
I looked at the Pathfinder, and was considering it until the 06 Explorer came out. The layout, styling, rear seat room and a V8 were reasons i chose the Explorer (Eddie Bauer V8 4x4) and LOVE it. The Pathfinder is nice, rides rougher and does have a strong V6, but personally like the explorer better. Take them all out, try them and decide.
Dec 16, 2005 (7:14 pm)
Funny, I was just thinking of a similar post...I was going to ask the folks about comparing the Explorer to the Durango to the Grand Cherokee/Commander...as much as I write about the arrogant UAW, I am trying to stay within the US makers, as I believe that their products are much better than the junk of the 70s, 80s, and some of the 90s...anyone who has made the comparos can post, of course
What (I think) I know...Durango, full size; Expy, midsize; GC/Comm, smaller than Expy...
Durango/Jeeps available Hemi, Expy 292 HP 4.6L (seems enough for me)
Expy, on demand 4WD; Jeeps same, I think (Quadra Drive?), Durango, 2WD or AWD, no on-demand 4WD (I think)
Durango, almost decent gas mileage, Jeeps always rotten, Expy better than Jeeps...
I lean to Expy ( and maybe the 2007 Santa Fe) because it seems to be like Goldilocks, not too big, not too small, but have not even come close to making up my mind...
Oh, ruled out Mountaineer as either 2WD or AWD...
Heck, maybe I just need a Kenworth and be dome with it...
#279 of 862 Re: tequila [marsha7]
Dec 17, 2005 (4:33 pm)
I'm curious about the reason for this statement.
"Oh, ruled out Mountaineer as either 2WD or AWD... "
Dec 17, 2005 (5:42 pm)
What I mean is that the Explorer can come with on demand 4WD, hi and lo range, whereas I believe that the Mountaineer has only 2WD or full time AWD...the Durango, while I believe that it has the same arrangement as the Mteer, has as its positive factors full size (if I want to go that big) and a Hemi engine which rocks, IMO...does that help?
#281 of 862 Re: lateralg [marsha7]
Dec 18, 2005 (5:25 pm)
My '06 Mountaineer with advance trac (or whatever it's called) has a selectable third option ... 4WD where all 4 wheels always get power. I believe it's the same as Explorer in terms of on-demend power delivery to all wheels, but lacks the high/low option. The owners' manual warns against using this mode for highway driving.
The 292 HP 4.6 with its drivetrain ratios should be adequate for all but climbing vertical walls.
Are we on the same page regarding the differences?
#282 of 862 Re: tequila [marsha7]
Dec 18, 2005 (8:35 pm)
Check the Santa Fe closely, and you'll discover though it's a good SUV, with a good warranty, it's heavy, old tech, mileage isn't so great. Not a revolutionary SUV. About as modern as a Chevy Blazer.
#284 of 862 Re: Black tie and boots [steve_]
Dec 20, 2005 (7:24 am)
I recommend that Edmunds reviewers read the owners' manual:
"The system, which is called AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, uses a gyroscope to sense a roll condition and then applies braking and engine controls as necessary to help the driver regain command of the vehicle. It works, but it seems to come on prematurely, and there's no way to shut it down."
No way to shut down? False. Even the ABS can be shut down.
Have to climb over the second seat to enter the third? (photo included) False. The second seat rotates forward beyond what is shown in the photo.
The credibility of Edmunds' reviews has dropped another notch.
Again: Please at least read the operating instructions before criticizing.
#285 of 862 Re: Black tie and boots [lateralg]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 20, 2005 (7:42 am)
Thanks for reading the review.
Comments and corrections can also be made directly to the editors via Letters to the Editors or use the email address on the byline of the review.