4: Mercury Mountaineer
The original Mercury Mountaineer was unique for a number of reasons, the first of which being that it was the first Mercury branded SUV. The optional 5.0L V8 engine is an example of things that Ford has done right. At the time, the Mountaineer and the Explorer were the only midsize SUV models on the market that came with V8 power.
Exterior-wise, the Mountaineer has a cleaner look than the Explorer with a nice waterfall grill and optional two-tone paint. The Mountaineer isn’t going to score any brownie points for originality, but if you want an Explorer with some added luxury and personality, you can’t go wrong with a Mountaineer.