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Ford Explorer

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Overview of the Ford Explorer

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.

Pros and cons of the Ford Explorer

  • 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 ratings of the Ford Explorer

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags7

Specifications of the Ford Explorer

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats7
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas or Hybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption11.6 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.7 L/100km
  • Width2004 mm
  • Length5049 - 5062 mm
  • Trunk space2376 L
  • Cargo space1410 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Ford Explorer

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 variant of the Ford Explorer 2020 - present is available in 5 trims:

XLT trim features and specs

Available with the XLT trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the XLT trim:
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the XLT trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Traffic sign recognition (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Electric tailgate
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the XLT trim:
2.3 L - Gas - 300 hp
City consumption:11.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:709 km

Limited trim features and specs

Available with the Limited trim:
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Limited trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Limited trim:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Electric tailgate
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Limited trim:
2.3 L - Gas - 300 hp
City consumption:11.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:709 km

Limited HEV trim features and specs

Available with the Limited HEV trim:
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the Limited HEV trim:
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Limited HEV trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Limited HEV trim:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Electric tailgate
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Limited HEV trim:
3.3 L - Hybrid - 318 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

ST trim features and specs

Available with the ST trim:
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the ST trim:
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the ST trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the ST trim:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic parking
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Electric tailgate
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the ST trim:
3 L - Gas - 400 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

Platinum trim features and specs

Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Front seats adjust to body shape
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • 3 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic parking
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Electric tailgate
  • HDMI port for rear passengers
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Platinum trim:
3 L - Gas - 365 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

Frequently asked questions about the Ford Explorer

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.