On the pages before you are some of the finest midsize SUVs on the market: Ford's best-selling Explorer, the GMC Envoy (Motor Trend's 2002 SUV of the Year), and the freshly revised Jeep Grand Cherokee, a former version of which took home the North American Truck of the Year award in 1999.

Putting these heavy hitters together, several editors spent a few days on- and off-road, took them to the test track, and checked 'em stem to stern. When the dust settled, there was a lot to learn and a few surprises we didn't expect. How did these all-American bad boys of SUV-dom compare? Keep reading.

promo imageGMC Envoy
• Powertrain
• Creature Comforts
• On-Road Dynamics
• Off-Road Performance
• Cool Stuff

promo imageFord Explorer
• Powertrain
• Creature Comforts
• On-Road Dynamics
• Off-Road Performance
• Cool Stuff

promo imageJeep Grand Cherokee
• Powertrain
• Creature Comforts
• On-Road Dynamics
• Off-Road Performance
• Cool Stuff

promo imageHow They Stack
Check out the final results of the Stars and Stripes Shootout