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Ford Explorer

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Pros and cons

  • Turbo V6 optional
  • User-friendly tech features
  • All-wheel drive
  • Limited legroom in third-row seat
  • Automatic braking is unavailable
  • Big pillars reduce outward visibility
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags7

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats7
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption11.7 - 15.2 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.8 - 10.9 L/100km
  • Width2004 mm
  • Length5006 - 5037 mm
  • Trunk space595 L
  • Cargo space2285 - 2313 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Ford Explorer 2011 - present is available in 4 trims:

Base trim features and specs

Available with the Base trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Base trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Base trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Base trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera
  • Speed limiter (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

XLT trim features and specs

Available with the XLT trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the XLT trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the XLT trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Fatigue warning system (optional)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the XLT trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • Electric tailgate (optional)
  • Front sensors
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Side sensors (optional)
  • Speed limiter (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Platinum trim features and specs

Available with the Platinum trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Front seats adjust to body shape
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic parking
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Limited trim features and specs

Available with the Limited trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Front seats adjust to body shape (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Xenon headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Fatigue warning system (optional)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors (optional)
  • Speed limiter (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Overview

Learn about the Ford Explorer

Summary

The Ford Explorer is one of the most popular SUVs around, and for good reason. Surprisingly efficient fuel economy and the option of a high-power V6 turbo engine make this a serious contender on the road. Even the older models still stand up well, offering superb value for drivers looking for something durable and practical. The all-wheel drive means the Explorer handles well on the road. Generous space throughout means this sleek SUV is a solid choice for large families or drivers who regularly carry lots of gear.

Safety

The Ford Explorer has eight standard airbags, including ones overhead and at knee level. Depending on the model, you’ll find advanced safety features available like programmed parking assistance and a blind-spot information system. One slight downside is that while braking support helps slow the vehicle evenly, the Explorer doesn’t support automatic braking at all. This means the car won’t apply the brakes on its own if it detects an imminent collision. Though, newer models come with a range of useful safety features, including: 

  • Adaptive cruise control, which automatically adjusts your speed to ensure your distance is spot on
  • Lane-keeping systems, which signals a departure warning if you veer out of your lane
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Interior

Older models put practical function above style, so they might not be to the taste of every driver—plus some report limited outward visibility due to large pillars. However, controls and displays are perfectly usable, and you can upgrade to a newer model if you want that sleeker look. The most recent Explorers impress with a polished design and superior build quality, plus handy perks like air conditioning for both the front and back seats. Optional upgrades on models spanning the last decade include heated front seats, satellite radio and leather trim.

Technology

Expect user-friendly tech in even the Explorer’s older generations. Base models as early as 2011 come standard with LCD screens and remote keyless entry. On 2017 models and up, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility lets you make calls, send texts and access apps without taking your hands from the wheel. Other features in these recent models include: 

  • SYNC voice-activated systems
  • Touchscreen display
  • Foot-activated liftgate to open the trunk when your hands are full
  • Fordpass Connect, which enables a Wi-Fi hotspot, remote locking and a parking locator

Space

With three rows of seating in total, you get room for the whole family in the Explorer. The second and third-row seats can be folded down should you need extra trunk space for transporting cargo. Legroom is on the small side in the third-row seats, due in part to the cavernous storage space right behind them.

Comfort

Prepare for a range here: Older Explorers can feel a little basic, while the most recent models—especially those with higher-end trims—can verge on luxurious. If you’re after a balance between comfort and a bargain price tag, look for an older model with good lumbar support in the driver’s seat. In terms of performance, the Explorer's a powerful and easy-to-handle all-wheel drive vehicle across generations.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, all generations of the Ford Explorer are available with four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is also an option in most generations.

First-generation and early second-generation Explorers don't have three rows of seating. The 1997 model and later generations have optional or standard three-row seating.

2016 versions of the Ford Explorer and onwards have an optional heated steering wheel, depending on which trim you choose.

Starting from the second generation of Ford Explorers and onwards, the vehicles could seat up to seven passengers.

The Ford Explorer XLT offers a range of upgrades over a standard Explorer, including climate control and a superior speaker system.