Clean Retail Price
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|5-Year Cost to Own / Rating|
|$31,||$22,||$35, / Excellent|
|$31,||$22,||$35, / Excellent|
|$33,||$27,||$39, / Mediocre|
|$33,||$23,||$36, / Excellent|
|$35,||$28,||$40, / Poor|
|$41,||$29,||$41, / Good|
|$43,||$30,||$42, / Good|
|$45,||$32,||$45, / Mediocre|
|$53,||$35,||$47, / Excellent|
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- New XLT Sport Appearance package
- Well-appointed Platinum trim
- Cramped third-row seating
- Slow acceleration on lower trim models
Ford Explorer Expert Review
The Ford Explorer will feature a new XLT Sport Appearance package, as well as interior enhancements. A hands-free liftgate will be standard on Sport models, while Sync 3 will be offered on the XLT and come standard on the Limited, Sport, and Platinum models.
The Ford Explorer SUV offers three-row seating, can hold up to seven passengers, and is offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.
Ford offers the Explorer in five different trim levels including the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Power comes from a liter V-6 engine for the base, XLT, and Limited, with the liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 engine available. For the Sport and Platinum models, power comes in the form of a liter twin-turbo V All engine options will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
For , the Ford Explorer keeps the same features and engine lineup from the previous model year, with the new XLT Sport Appearance package the biggest update. Offering some of the Sport model's styling upgrades without the added price or EcoBoost V-6 engine, the XLT Sport Appearance package adds inch Magnetic Gray wheels, a Magnetic Gray grille, mirror caps, and rear applique, Ebony Black body side cladding, a black roof rack, and an Explorer hood badge. Inside, the new package will add Dark Earth Gray leather front seats, Dark Earth Gray Miko suede for seat backs and inserts with an Umber scrim and door trim inserts, Umber contrast stitching, and Explorer logo floor mats.
The Explorer XLT will also offer the newer SYNC 3 infotainment system, while the Limited, Sport, and Platinum models offer it as a standard feature.
The Ford Expedition features standard front, front-side, and curtain airbags, a third-row safety canopy, front passenger knee airbag, and rear outboard inflatable seatbelts. For the new model year, Ford has added adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support to the Blind Spot Information System. Inflatable rear safety belts have also been added as a standalone option for the Explorer XLT model. Lane keep assist and lane departure warning will only be offered on Limited and Platinum models.
What We Think
The Ford Explorer was refreshed for , sporting a new look and upgrades to the engine and feature content. The Explorer doesn't change much, but adds a new sport package to the XLT trim, as well as additional safety features.
In a Ford Explorer First Drive review, we said that the seating is more inboard than necessary, making it difficult to get in and out of the vehicle. Throttle input from the non-EcoBoost V-6 and liter EcoBoost engines isn't great, but the liter EcoBoost found in the Sport and Platinum models offer better acceleration and engaging driving experience.
The Ford Explorer comes standard with LED low-beam headlights on every trim.
FordExplorer Pricing and Specs
Compare 8 Explorer trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.
Trim Family Comparison
BaseView 2 Trims
- L V-6 Engine
- 6-spd w/OD Transmission
- @ 6, rpm Horsepower
- @ 4, rpm Torque
- front-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- 18" silver aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, manual
- rear air conditioning, with separate controls
- AM/FM/Satellite-prep, seek-scan Radio
- 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- cloth Seat trim
- driver Lumbar support
- split-bench Third row seats
XLTView 2 Trims
Additional or replacing features on Base
- SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- premium cloth Seat trim
- driver and passenger Lumbar support
- Parking assist
LimitedView 2 Trims
Additional or replacing features on XLT
- L I-4 Engine
- @ 5, rpm Horsepower
- @ 3, rpm Torque
- 20" silver aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
- SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- 3 - 1st row LCD monitor
- leather Seat trim
- Navigation system
SportView 1 Trims
Additional or replacing features on Limited
- L V-6 Engine
- @ 5, rpm Horsepower
- @ 3, rpm Torque
- four-wheel Drive type
- 20" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels
PlatinumView 1 Trims
Additional or replacing features on Sport
- 1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
- 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
- Windshield wipers - rain sensing
- Active Park Assist Parking assist
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Ford Explorer Does Just Fine on 4 Cylinders
The Ford Explorer celebrated its 25 years of existence last year. The Dearborn-based automaker marked the occasion by giving its popular crossover a well-merited mid-generation retool, the latest generation having been introduced for the model-year. The changing of the guard implemented by Ford in recent years has seen the Explorer transform from a genuine 4x4 (built on a ladder-type chassis) to a family crossover (with a unibody frame), a move that allowed the company to regain some of the market share that had frittered away.
Last year’s changes also brought some improvements under the hood. While the Explorer kept its well-known V6, its small L, 4-cylinder EcoBoost was replaced by Ford’s new L engine, already in use in the Lincoln MKC, the Ford Mustang and even the Ford Focus RS! Rest assured, however, the explosive, street–legal yet rally-minded aspect of the latter models has been somewhat tamed in the Explorer, the engine of which tops out at hp and lb-ft of torque.
A recent road test illustrated to me that a large vehicle like the Ford Explorer need not harbour a V6 for effective daily use, and that a 4-cylinder turbo can do the job just fine!
Weight: enemy number one
Our test vehicle was well-equipped with a new-generation powertrain providing more power than in the past, but its performance is still handicapped by the weight of the chassis. The old L engine had to not only power the front wheels but also pull over 2, kg of weight. In comparison, the Kia Sorento, featuring a 4-cylinder turbo that is less powerful than its Ford equivalent, burdens its powertrain with only 1, kg and thus feels more nimble on the road than the previous Explorer.
With its new L engine, the Explorer does feel not just quicker on acceleration, but also like it’s not working as hard to pull the vehicle, which, it’s worth noting, is built on a platform borrowed from Volvo and developed at the end of the last century. A change here would certainly be welcome, and it’s a safe bet that the next generation of the Ford Explorer will benefit from a new platform.
A 4-cylinder turbo in a midsize SUV?
Given the generally more family-oriented than sporty character of larger three-row crossovers, it’s legitimate to question the wisdom of installing such a powertrain in the Explorer, all the more so since this version adds all-wheel drive to the equation, with the increased fuel consumption that that necessarily entails. According to official Canadian Energuide figures, this SUV should use an average of L/ km. For my part I managed L/ km, although I confess that I averaged km/h on my Montreal-Quebec return trip. In any event, compare these numbers to those of the Explorer with the naturally aspirated V6 (13L/ km, and the savings at the pump are not negligible, though they’re not astounding either.
Fortunately, the L EcoBoost engine has more than frugality going for it; it’s also quite well adapted to the chassis of the Explorer. Plus, the 6-speed automatic transmission performed admirably, the week-long road test having been completed without any false notes to speak of. That said, we do hope the manufacturer will have the gumption to introduce its new speed transmission box in the lighter vehicles in its lineup. We’d be willing to wager that the number of gears may well increase the next time the Explorer is revised.
For daily use… and road trips
Take a look around at the traffic around you at rush hour, or at the nearest school drop-off spot, and it’s clear that families are increasingly turning to large urban 4x4s, the roominess of which rivals what you’ll get in a minivan. And not only is interior space more than adequate, their manoeuvrability is superior to the more traditional people-movers.
It is true that all midsize crossovers do not provide the same level of practicality as those uncool minivans, and the Ford Explorer is no exception. All the same, life aboard an Explorer Limited is quite good, thanks in large part to an abundance of leather and trip-enhancing gadgets. At highway cruising speed, the mechanics become wholly discreet and the cabin transforms into a comfort zone admirably designed for long treks. The inch alloy wheels and suspension system are relatively successful at erasing road imperfections – although it must be said the Ford Flex did a better job of this. And with its many driver assist systems, the Ford Escape drives itself… almost!
The 4-cylinder Explorer – a good deal?
With the starting price for the Explorer Limited set at $48,, consumers will need to fork over another $1, to reduce the number of cylinders under the hood. Fortunately, this does also bring with it the all-wheel drive. Our test vehicle featured a few options and carried a sticker price of $56, before preparation fees – a tidy sum to spend to transport the family unit in comfort.
Of course, in this market segment luxury comes with a price tag attached, and the Ford Explorer is merely responding to the demand that’s out there. In any case, while we await a full reboot, the American SUV can also at least lay claim to having the most powerful 4-cylinder in its category (if we exclude the total power output of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid), as well as being one of the most fun to drive on a daily basis.
Ford Explorer engine options and performance
The SUV class has become one of the most popular vehicle segments. The versatility of these vehicles have endured them to many owners. The new Ford Explorer is an excellent example of this versatility. Much of this is done through the Ford Explorer engine options and performance.
Ford Explorer Base Engine
Standard equipment on the base and XLT Explorer trim levels includes a liter V6 engine. This engine offers horsepower and pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy estimates check in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highways. Opting for the available all-wheel drive system drops these numbers slightly to 16 city/23 highway.
Read More: Learn all about the trim levels offered on the Explorer
The best fuel economy ratings available on the Explorer come with the second engine offered. This engine is a liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder that earns an estimated 19 city/27 highway miles per gallon. Power ratings on the EcoBoost engine check in at horsepower and pound-feet of torque.
The final engine offered provides the Explorer’s best power numbers. A turbocharged liter V6, this engine maxes out the SUV’s performance at horsepower and pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings are estimated at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highways. When properly equipped, this engine also offers the best towing rating available on the Explorer at 5, pounds.
This variety of engine options allow the Ford Explorer to offer both power and fuel efficiency, depending on the needs of the owner. If you would like to take the Explorer for a test drive to learn more about everything this great SUV can do, pay us a visit at Brandon Ford. Several Ford Explorer models are currently available in our inventory.
Ford horsepower 2017 explorer ecoboost
Ford is a company that loves to offer a variety of engine options on all of the vehicles in their lineup. The new Ford Explorer is no different. So how many engines are offered on the Ford Explorer?
Ford Explorer Engine Options
Three total engines are offered on the Ford Explorer. Standard equipment on base trim levels includes a liter V-6 engine. This engine delivers horsepower and pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings on the standard engine check in at 17 miles per gallon in the cities and 24 miles per gallon on the highways.
Read More: Learn all about the Ford Fusion Sport
The next engine offered is an EcoBoost liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Don’t let the four-cylinders scare you off. This engine is still able to produce horsepower and pound-feet of torque while earning the best fuel economy ratings available on the Explorer at 19 miles per gallon in the cities and 27 miles per gallon on the highways.
Rounding out the Explorer lineup of engines is an EcoBoost liter turbocharged V This power source maxes out the SUV’s performance numbers at horsepower and pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy estimates on the turbocharged V-6 are rated at an estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highways.
Both V-6 Explorer engines are able to tow up to 5, pounds when properly equipped. The EcoBoost four-cylinder offers a towing rating that maxes out at 3, pounds.
The Ford Explorer is now available at Akins Ford. Car-shoppers in the Atlanta area looking to take this capable SUV for a test drive should pay us a visit today. Take a look at our selection of Ford Explorer models to learn more about everything we have to offer at Akins Ford.
Few models have caused as much excitement among SUV fans for the model year as the Ford Explorer. Bold, stylish, and featuring a delightful trio of power-packed engine options, the Explorer promises to be a force to be reckoned with out on the streets - and one darn fun Ford to drive to and from your daily destinations.
But whether you’re a long-time fan of the Explorer line or new to the scene and looking forward to getting behind the wheel, there are a few things you should know about your power options on the Explorer - namely, what kind of power each engine can offer, and which trim levels come with which engines.
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Here’s a breakdown of each engine option available on the Explorer - take a look, and start thinking about what kind of power you’d like to bring the the party.
The Standard Option: L Ti-VCT V6 Engine
It’s not too often that the standard engine option on a new model year ends up being impressive, but the liter TI-VCT V6 that comes standard on the Explorer and the Explorer XLT trims might very well do just that.
This scrappy engine option utilizes advanced twin independent variable camshaft timing technology to pump out an impressive horsepower and lb-ft of torque, all while seamlessly optimizing performance across the low, mid, and high ranges of the power band to instantly react to tough or changing road conditions. And because the L Ti-VCT is designed to maximize the meeting of power and efficiency, drivers behind this engine can expect an impressive 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway fuel efficiency.
The Efficient EcoBoost: L EcoBoost I-4
Standard on the gorgeous Explorer Limited trim level and available on lower trim levels, the highly-efficient and impressively-powerful L ecoboost four-cylinder engine is the next highest on the Explorer’s engine options. Boasting a boosted 19 mpg city and 27 mpg fuel economy while keeping the capacity for up to horsepower and lb-ft or torque, the L Ecoboost allows drivers looking for maximum efficiency in the Explorer to get just that without sacrificing too much raw power.
Plus, the L EcoBoost also features 4WD and the Class II Trailer Tow Package, bringing your maximum towing capacity to 5, lbs to make bringing all your favorite gear along for the ride as easy as can be - even in tough conditions.
The Powerful Premium Option: L EcoBoost V6
Want all the power that Ford can pack into the Explorer? Then you want the L EcoBoost V6, standard on the amazing Explorer Sport and Explorer Platinum premium trim levels.
By combining the technology of turbocharging with the proven raw power of dual-injection, this beastly engine option can pump out a class-leading V6 horsepower and lb-ft of torque. This all comes combined with standard Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System plus Hill Descent Control to make even the toughest roads and worst conditions close to no match for what’s under the hood of these Explorer models.
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Introduced last year as part of a heavy refresh, the Ford Explorer’s top-of-the-line, $54, Platinum trim is a push-button gear selector and a few pieces of bodywork away from passing for a Lincoln. Although exterior differences between the Platinum and lesser Explorers are few—consisting of details such as an egg-crate grille, chrome mirror caps, and spoke wheels—the flagship Explorer’s passenger compartment separates itself from the herd with high-brow fittings such as a inch digital gauge cluster, quilted leather seats, a leather-wrapped dashboard, and real wood and aluminum accents on the dash, doors, and steering wheel.
A linebacker with the speed of a running back, the pound Platinum is both the heftiest and quickest Explorer to go through our testing regimen since the model adopted unibody construction for the current generation that debuted for Credit the Platinum’s twin-turbocharged liter V-6 EcoBoost engine that it shares with the more aggressively styled Explorer Sport. Packing horsepower and lb-ft of torque, the engine delivers smooth and linear muscle through a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a pair of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard. Unlike the Sport, which can be optioned with a set of inch Continental summer tires for $, the luxury-themed Platinum’s inch wheels are wrapped in all-season Hankook tires.
In spite of a pound weight disadvantage, though, our Platinum test car managed to better or equal the acceleration times we recorded in a Sport fitted with the summer rubber. The zero-tomph run takes a brisk seconds, the century mark is reached in seconds, and the quarter-mile is crossed after seconds at 98 mph, besting the Sport by second, second, and second and 2 mph. The only acceleration test in which the Platinum wasn’t quicker was from 50 to 70 mph: both twin-turbo Explorers did it in seconds. Similarly, the Platinum matched the Sport in clawing its way around our foot skidpad at a respectable g. The Sport’s summer tires proved advantageous only in our braking test—stopping this Platinum from 70 mph required feet, 8 feet longer than the Sport on its stickier Continentals.
While the Platinum’s interior is filled with premium materials, build quality is less than stellar. Our test car’s door panels were misaligned with the dashboard, the leather of which showed signs of wear at the seams before the odometer reached miles. On the plus side, the addition of Sync 3 to Explorers is a boon to ergonomics. Menus within the central touchscreen are logically arranged, and touch inputs never needed a second or third tap of the screen to confirm a request. The Platinum also comes standard with features such as a dual-panel sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, lane-keeping assist, a front-mounted camera, and an automatic parking system that can steer the Explorer into an open spot.
HIGHS: Quick for a pachyderm, top-notch materials, handsome appearance.
Despite providing more legroom in all three rows than the inch-longer Dodge Durango, as well as an additional four cubic feet of cargo space behind its rearmost row, the Explorer’s interior can feel cramped. Exceptionally wide side sills make entering the cabin somewhat awkward. Once inside, the Explorer’s broad dashboard and a seating position that’s slightly offset toward the center make this mid-size crossover feel especially big and ungainly to navigate. Adding salt to the Explorer’s packaging wound is a front wheel well that invades the space for the driver’s left foot more than in most modern vehicles, rendering the small dead pedal all but useless to those with big feet or even average-size feet clad in boots. While our test car’s optional ($) second-row bucket seats were comfortable, they lacked integrated armrests, resulting in arms hanging listlessly when the ($) second-row center console was open and in use. Choosing the buckets also deletes one seating position, reducing our test car’s capacity from seven to six passengers. Meanwhile, the Explorer’s cushy, power-folding third-row seats offer a meager inches of hiproom, inches less than the Honda Pilot’s despite the vehicles’ virtually identical overall widths.
With a base price north of $50,, the Explorer Platinum blurs the line between premium mid-size crossover SUVs and mainstream models. Compared with an Acura MDX or an Infiniti QX60 with equipment levels similar to that of our $55, Blue Jeans Metallic test car, the Platinum costs $ less than the MDX and $ less than the QX Both the Acura and the Infiniti provide somewhat more prestigious brand names; however, neither vehicle’s V-6 engine produces anywhere near the power of the Ford’s twin-turbocharged beast.
LOWS: Iffy build quality, cramped driver's footwell, drives big.
Those seeking power might also want to look at the Dodge Durango equipped with the hp liter V-8 engine. Even heavier than the Explorer Platinum (a Durango R/T registered pounds on our scales), the eight-cylinder Durango is objectively less capable than the Platinum, with lazier acceleration figures, a longer braking distance, and less lateral grip. Nevertheless, the eight-pot Dodge is more fun to pilot and is rated to tow up to pounds when properly equipped, more than the Explorer Platinum. The Dodge’s fuel-economy rating of 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway falls behind the Platinum’s 16/22 rating; we averaged 17 mpg during our time with the Ford and recorded 20 mpg on our mile, mph highway-fuel-economy test. Based on that mpg figure, the Explorer can travel roughly miles on a tank, which is far less than many of its peers.
Regardless of which vehicles you most consider to be its competition, the Ford Explorer Platinum’s high-end materials, array of features, and strong engine allow it to stack up fairly well. Even so, consumers may be better off opting for the $ less expensive, but equally powerful, Explorer Sport. Based on our testing data, though, we can’t recommend the optional summer tires on that Explorer.
Ford Explorer Platinum
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$55, (base price: $54,)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
hp @ rpm
lb-ft @ rpm
6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Passenger volume: ft3
Cargo volume: 21 ft3
Curb weight: lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Rolling start, mph: sec
Top gear, mph: sec
Top gear, mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec @ 98 mph
Top speed (governor limited): mph
Braking, mph: ft
Roadholding, ft-dia skidpad: g
EPA combined/city/highway driving: 18/16/22 mpg
C/D observed: 17 mpg
C/D observed mph highway driving: 20 mpg
C/D observed highway range: miles
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED
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