In 1991 Ford once again introduced a new car that changed the way Americans think about their rides. The Explorer is credited with initiating our love of the SUV. This mid-size sport utility sits comfortably size-wise between the smaller Ford Edge and the larger Ford Expedition. With comfort and versatility as its mainstays, this SUV provided something that the minivans and station wagons couldn't: seating, style, cargo size, and handling – all in one package. In 2001, the Explorer Sport (three-door) was released. The Explorer became so popular and lived up to its reputation so well that it was name North American Truck of the Year in 2011. These days the Explorer sports three rows of seating, and in 2012 it was redesigned out of the SUV category and into the crossover (CUV) style.