2017 Ford Explorer Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on August 9, 2016 8:43 AM

An SUV Icon Stays Fresh

Decades after it debuted, the father of the modern SUV remains the best-seller in a segment that has never been more competitive. The Ford Explorer's balanced nature is among its strongest attributes. It has come a long way from its rugged roots, and rides comfortably atop a plethora of high-tech safety, entertainment and convenience features designed to suit everyone.

Driving It

"When it comes to horsepower, Ford’s 7-passenger Explorer SUV for 2017 delivers at every level. From the standard 290-horsepower V6 to the fuel-efficient 280-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder available in the base, XLT and Limited trims, Ford places choice front and center." Find out more in our 2017 Ford Explorer full review.

V6 is the New V8

In addition to a 290-horsepower V6 comparable in power and efficiency with the other underhood offerings in the class, the Explorer offers two unique engine alternatives: a fuel-sipping 280-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a road-ripping 365-horsepower turbocharged V6.

The Kitchen Sync

Ford was an infotainment pioneer with its Sync system, and continued innovation has resulted in one of the most comprehensive systems in the business -- and a few growing pains along the way. Ford's excellent new Sync 3 system is now available in the Explorer.

Going Platinum

The Explorer's top-of-the-line model is the Platinum. It comes with available features like the 365-horsepower V6, a dual-panel moonroof, premium Sony sound system, 20-inch wheels and several safety and lux convenience options exclusive to Platinum buyers.

Build and Price

The 2017 Ford Explorer starts just over $32,000 and tops out on the other side of $56,000. Build and price your own 2017 Ford Explorer to get this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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The segment has come a long way since Explorer started it. Visit our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on this family-favorite category.

Photo Gallery: Ford Explorer Inside and Out