Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

About Ford Explorer

A favorite of American families and the country’s best-selling SUV for nearly three decades, the 7-passenger 2018 Ford Explorer offers a large interior, upscale design and all-wheel drive (AWD). Many advanced tech-based safety systems are available, including active cruise control and a lane-keeping system which vibrates the steering wheel if you drift out of your lane. This year’s updates include available onboard Wi-Fi. Five trim levels are available, base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum, and Ford offers three engines including a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 making 365 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic and front-wheel drive (FWD) are standard. Understated and elegant, some say the new Explorer looks like a Land Rover. Its competition includes the Chevy Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

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2018 Ford Explorer
What's new for 2018?
2018 Ford Explorer

For 2018 Ford has updated the new Explorer with five new wheel options, including four 20-inch designs. There’s also an available onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and Ford has created the Safe and Smart Package that includes all of the available tech-based safety systems like Adaptive Cruise Control and Cross Traffic Alert.

  • Expert Rating: 7.5
  • Consumers Rating: 8.1
  • MPG 17|24
2017 Ford Explorer
What's new for 2017?
2017 Ford Explorer

With the exception of a new Sport Appearance package for the XLT trim, the 2017 Ford Explorer SUV carries over unchanged.

2016 Ford Explorer
What's new for 2016?
2016 Ford Explorer

Numerous changes greet the 2016 Ford Explorer, including new exterior styling, a new interior, improved control interface with hard buttons replacing the touch-sensitive targets from last year, and a new 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder with 270 horsepower. Last but not least, there's a new luxurious model, the new Explorer Platinum.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2008 Ford Explorer
What's new for 2008?
2008 Ford Explorer

New for 2008 are the Sync hands-free communication and entertainment system, voice-activated navigation and capless fuel-filling system. Ford's Safety Canopy side-curtain airbag system is now standard on all models.

2007 Ford Explorer
What's new for 2007?
2007 Ford Explorer

Eddie Bauer and Limited models receive standard front-side impact and side-curtain airbags and optional power running boards, while an audio input jack becomes standard. DVD navigation, a heated windshield and a rear-seat entertainment system with eight-inch screen become available options on all three trim levels.

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Consumer Reviews

Over all I love this car... this is our 2nd one.

By on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great Family Car"

Cons: "too many"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This is the 2nd Explorer we have owned. The first one was an XLT with some upgrades. Absolutely loved it. It was a sound car. So went to buy and new one and got talked into the Platinum. It has all the bells and whistles, so decided we better buy an extended warranty, yup that was no good. We drive a lot and on our 2016 have 71,500 miles on it. The quality of the leather seats our horribly. Front windows jump when going down, exterior mirrors also jump and squeak. Tire pressure sensor went out at about 50,000 took it in to get fixed and about 20 miles from dealer it says tire pressure sensor fault!!The A/C seats cool on the bottom but no longer work on the back. Seat belt on the middle seat in the middle doesnt come out quite often. Oh ya, and twice after having the oil changed the skid plate under the car has fallen off. So over all love the Ford Explorer, just not the platinum!!"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

This car is a work horse.

By on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Well-built, responsive, fun to drive."

Cons: "The leather seam on an arm rest split."

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

"I have owned this car for six years. I have not had to replace any major components. I did have to replace the back-up camera, but that does not impact the cars quality. I would buy another Explorer any day."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Bought a 2014 XLT too

By on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Pros: Wifes favorite car ever in last 30 years cause it does eveything. Comfort, roominess,(carries a Great Dane plus our kids) No blind spots, 22mpg, Tows a 3,000lb boat no problem. Cons: Battery dead at the 2 year point on both SUVS @$140.00. Drivers side armrest cracked on both SUVS, (under warranty). Brake dust/metal, leaves rust spots on white or silver paint."

26 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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