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Ford Explorer

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2015 Ford Explorer What's new for 2015? 
2015 Ford Explorer

The 2015 Ford Explorer rolls into the new year with only one noteworthy change: a sport-appearance package that's available for the XLT model. It adds new 20-inch wheels, black body-side molding, and roof rails, along with dark Magnetic paint on the grille, mirror caps and liftgate.

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2014 Ford Explorer What's new for 2014? 
2014 Ford Explorer

Only minor changes are in store for the 2014 Explorer. Among them are automatic on/off headlights with wiper activation that become standard on all models, and 2nd-row heated seats that are now included in Limited models.

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2013 Ford Explorer What's new for 2013? 
2013 Ford Explorer

For 2013, a new Sport trim joins the Explorer fleet, offering a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, standard 4-wheel drive, 20-inch sport alloy wheels and two-tone leather-trimmed seats. New features for the Explorer include a passenger-side front knee airbag, available heated steering wheel and auto-dimming headlights.

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2012 Ford Explorer What's new for 2012? 
2012 Ford Explorer

Ford's EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is added to the front-wheel-drive Explorer's option list. The EcoBoost engine produces 240 horsepower when fed premium fuel and is expected to return fuel economy figures in the high 20s.

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2011 Ford Explorer What's new for 2011? 
2011 Ford Explorer

A top-to-bottom rethink of the Explorer formula results in a thoroughly contemporary and far more desirable take on the SUV/crossover concept, creating a package that should help win over new buyers as well as bring former owners back into the Blue Oval fold.

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2010 Ford Explorer What's new for 2010? 
2010 Ford Explorer

Trailer Sway Control is added to the standard equipment roster of the Ford Explorer for 2010.

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2009 Ford Explorer What's new for 2009? 
2009 Ford Explorer

Trailer Sway Control is added to the Explorer's AdvanceTrac stability system. New optional features include the next-generation navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link and a new XLT Sports Package.

About Ford Explorer

In the world of midsize 3-row crossover SUVs, the 2015 Ford Explorer remains a tough act to follow. While no longer the rugged off-roader of its ancestry, the Ford Explorer remains an important player in the market, particularly against other crossover SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. Like those vehicles, the Explorer puts greater emphasis on on-road refinement with features like a rearview camera, a quiet and comfortable ride, and upscale options like a rear-seat entertainment system and MyFord Touch. While no longer a "real" off-roader, the Explorer's Terrain Response System ensures it can still tackle moderate off-road trails, proving this car-based crossover still has a little of its truck-based SUV DNA.

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Consumer Reviews

Great car! Just the right size

By on Monday, September 16, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to get around and is not bulky to drive"

Cons: "no cover on fold flat 3rd row buttons/no arm rest"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have 2 kids and we are going to sporting events all of the time. This is just the right size to get the gear in the back and the two kids and husband to ride comfortably in the middle and front seats. Love the fold flats on the third row, just wish they have a cover over the buttons--have accidently hit the fold button when I had stuff on the back seats. Also would like to have arm rest in center row captain chairs. We have had great luck with this car and it has been a fun car to drive."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great vehicle for price, comfort and features

By on Thursday, September 12, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value, comfortable and roomy"

Cons: "None so far"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought an XLT 3 days ago and I love it so far. It's roomy, comfortable, stylish with a touch of sportiness and nicely finished. I'm still learning about all of the bells & whistles, but so far it has exceeded my expectations. Wish the steering was a bit tighter, but that's something I can live with. Parallel parking is easy with the steering assist and the rear view camera is a feature I already love. I can't wait to take it on a long trip and see how it performs. I gave a test ride to a friend who has an Acura and he kept asking if it was really a FORD he was in because he was so impressed."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best mid-size SUV with 3rd row

By on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "Don't get the eco-boost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Stunning look. Ford has came along way. They came back with a wow factor."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful