Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

About Ford Explorer

Ford’s 2017 Explorer SUV continues its sales success, with sleek styling, a bevy of trim and package options, and a choice of potent powertrains. The 7-passenger Ford Explorer has plenty of competition, but its Land Rover-like styling and incredibly plush interior place it in line with upscale competitors like the Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Santa Fe. From the Platinum trim’s twin-turbocharged V6 to the Sport’s beefy wheel and tire package, the 2017 Ford Explorer is one crossover SUV with multiple personalities. Even the most inexpensive base model offers a high-tech 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, while the available Terrain Management System allows the Explorer to live up to its name both on- and off-road.

LATEST MODEL
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.

  • Expert Rating: 7.6
  • Consumers Rating: 8.2
  • MPG N/A
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.

Consumer Reviews

Great value, comfortable ride, sleek looks

By on Monday, January 2, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, powerful, technology, design."

Cons: "some more technology (no limit to this...)."

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

"bought the car about a month ago. Researched nearly every SUV (Pilot, QX60, Armada, Pathfinder, Highlander, Expedition, Navigator,...) Initially, I thought only of full size SUV. I test drove the Armada, liked it a lot but the 3rd row seating was VERY small. Given that I need the 3rd row seating, that was not an option. From the Mid size SUV. The Pathfinder and QX60, they looks nice, but they are under-powered and I did not like the CVT. Also the infotainment system is a bit outdated. The Pilot is very nice. Very sleek design but I did not like the infotainment, it is a bit less roomier than the Explorer but most importantly, I did not like the 9 SPD gear and the driving position was not comfortable to me (I am 6.2). As far as the explorer goes. Yes, it is a bit pricey compared to others but if you look around you can find good deals. The new SYNC3 is great compared to the older my ford touch and the Apple Car play is brilliant. With the twin turbo engine you never feel under power and when we took a road trip (5 adults and luggage) i did not feel any issues. Car also behaved very good on very wet, snowy and somewhat icy roads. Even if you compare this to a Tahoe, the 3rd raw and cargo space behind the 3rd row is way better in the Explorer. I did not rate the reliability since car is too new... but so far, no issues. As far as wish list. 1. Wish it had the full brake intervention capability for FWD and Backward collision, not just the alarms. 2. Wish it had 360 degree cameras (it has only Front and back) 3. I think that a 7 or 8 tranny would work great on this car. Take a look you will not regret. P.S. if you buy new and considering extended warranty, don't but directly from the dealer. Shop online, usually you will find much better deals."

33 people out of 34 found this review helpful

LOVE it.

By on Thursday, October 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good looking & comfortable"

Cons: "Pricey, a couple minor issues"

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

"I love my new Ford Explorer so much. It's a loaded XLT (panoramic moonroof, Nav, etc). I have had some minor issues with it but I love it so much that I am still rating it highly. The good: It's gorgeous. I love the front end remodel. The front seats are like sitting in an angel's lap. I am not used to such comfort coming from a CR-V. I love being able to set alerts for the Sirius channels. I love the hands-free tailgate and the blind spot mirrors. The not-so-great: The tailgate does not always open. Sometimes it just thinks about it, and then tells me "no." We then negotiate. Sometimes I lose. The nav is completely, utterly worthless. It doesn't understand your speech. It won't understand your typing either. Just use your phone. I had to have my oil sending unit replaced at 12k miles because it was leaking. The part had to be ordered and took over a week. It is hard to stretch your left leg out, even for a shorty. That said, I've had four ten-hour drives in it this year and I was fine. The beige leather stains easily. Not the fault of the leather but I wish the darker leather had been easier to find in this color or they had gone with any color other than beige. Make sure your jeans are color-fast. Just because you've washed them doesn't mean the dye won't come off on your beautiful new angel's lap seats. Overall, I love this car. It is my favorite car I've ever had."

19 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Very comfortable ride...fun to drive

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smooth quiet ride. Fun to drive. Attractive."

Cons: "Price (I'm stuck in the 80's)"

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

"Finally got past the sticker shock (and I bought the base model). Hadn't bought a new vehicle in several years (still don't understand why new cars cost more than my first house). I do enjoy the amenities Ford has put on the new vehicles. The engine power is so much more than adequate. The ride is so quiet, I can actually whisper to my spouse. The ride is incredibly smooth, thanks in part to the independent 4-wheel suspension. The interior is well laid-out and easy to familiarize with. I like the third-row seating, having that option to carry more people when necessary. The rear heat/AC controls are a nice touch, as is the overhead air ducting. I think it's very attractive and stylish. Haven't had it long but so far I can't find fault with it."

23 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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