The Ford Explorer has been largely regarded as an American family SUV since its debut in 1991.

Over a million vehicles were reportedly sold during the Explorer's first four years of manufacturing

according to Motor and Wheels, which cited sales figures.

The Ford Explorer, however, is not without its problems. 

According to Motor and Wheels, the Explorer enjoyed its greatest degree of success in the late 1990s

 Since then, sales have dipped, with 2009 being the SUV's lowest point. Less than 50,000 units total were sold.

While sales have bounced back, the Explorer is still struggling to find its way back to the top of the highly

 Unfortunately, many automotive media outlets rank the Explorer down near the bottom

Here are two examples of publications ranking the Ford Explorer near the bottom.

According to J.D. Power, the Ford Explorer is one of the lowest ranking upper mid-size SUVs