The Ford Explorer defined what “SUV” means to an entire generation of drivers. First introduced in 1990, it offered a blend of style and utility the American public couldn’t resist.
Until the current fourth generation—which debuted in 2011—the Explorer used traditional body-on-frame construction. With the switch to unibody design, the Explorer has joined the ranks of the car-like crossover SUVs it inspired. Progress has been made in other areas, too: The base V6 in the original Explorer made 155 horsepower, while its 2013 equivalent churns out 290.