2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover

2016 Ford Explorer

Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover:
2016 Ford Explorer

This marks the third year in a row that the Ford Explorer has received the 5-Year Cost to Own crown in the Full-Size SUV/Crossover segment, another testament to the consistency that is part of this Ford's DNA.

Thankfully, consistency does not equate to stagnation. In fact, it was the Explorer's transformation in recent years from a truck-based SUV to a softer-riding, more comfortable crossover that reignited relevancy -- and sales -- of this popular nameplate.

For 2016, Ford's popular 3-row family hauler has again upped its game with updates inside and out that include new styling, easier-to-use controls and improved driver positioning for a variety of body shapes. As we state in our 2016 Ford Explorer review, "The changes Ford made to the new Explorer SUV target those who were turned off by the control interface, who wanted more technology, and even shorter drivers, thanks to redesigned armrests."

The latest Explorer appeals to a wide range of buyers with a variety of needs. A trio of engine choices span from a new, efficient 4-cylinder rated up to 28 mpg to a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V6 that offers gratifying thrust. And though the Explorer is now based on front-wheel-drive architecture, all-wheel drive is available across the lineup and includes the sophisticated Terrain Management System for the adventure-minded.

No matter which Ford Explorer you go with or where you go with it, you can be confident knowing this full-size SUV will provide years of low-cost ownership.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$47,108
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is a large, versatile and comfortable family hauler, with low ownership costs that deliver long-term value.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$49,856
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 GMC Acadia

2016 GMC Acadia

Even in its last model year before the arrival of a redesigned 2017 version, the GMC Acadia remains a versatile, handsome and cost-effective SUV.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$55,464
as of December 31, 2015

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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