Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

Engine

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

Horsepower

290 hp

MPG (City/Highway)

17/24 *

Transmission

6-speed SelectShift® Automatic


2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer

Engine

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

Horsepower

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

MPG (City/Highway)

17/24 *

Transmission

6-speed SelectShift® Automatic

2018 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Ford Explorer

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Available in four trims, the 2018 Ford Explorer takes up where the 2017 edition left off. There is more technology and more style to please the discriminating shopper.

Performance

For 2017, the Explorer added some important engine choices that continue with the 2018 edition. A base V6 engine offers plenty of power, but many shoppers are choosing the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo. It allows you to have the power you need while reducing fuel dependency. Striking a balance between performance and conservative fuel use, there’s also a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It functions more like a V8 but uses far less fuel. The driving experience is enhanced by Ford’s Curve Control. This system knows when you are cornering and acts to ensure even wheelspin and greater stability. If you choose all-wheel drive, you can make more out of the SUV’s high ground clearance. Sand, mud and snow modes are part of the terrain select system. Hill descent control makes off-roading easier.

Appearance

Ready for the American family, the 2017 and 2018 Explorers offer a seven-seat or alternative six-seat layout. Every driver enjoys a power chair to ensure comfort. Push button start reminds you that this is a thoroughly modern ride. For fast access to the 21-cu.ft. hold, you can use the power liftgate function. If you want to claim cargo space quickly, you can use the PowerFold option. With all seats folded, you’ll find 81 cu.ft. for your gear. A panoramic moonroof can open you up to the outdoors, entertaining the family naturally. Pushing toward luxury living, the top edition has Active Motion massage chairs. On the seats, you’ll enjoy quilted inserts and Nirvana micro-perforated leather. Wood trim accents and unique stitching contribute to the upscale design.

New for 2018, Ford has added Sync Connect to the available tech features. A WiFi subscription allows your family to connect on up to ten devices. Sync puts a 4.2-inch screen in the center stack. A media hub lets you charge your smartphone safely and discreetly. If you prefer something bigger, an eight-inch color touch screen comes with the SYNC3 system. AppLink provides helpful smartphone integration features. You can also get a dual headrest DVD system for the second row. A 12-speaker Sony system adds HD radio, Live Acoustics, and 12 speakers. You may also get a complimentary six-month subscription to SiriusXM.

Safety

The 2017 Ford Explorer earned five stars in federal safety tests, and the 2018 model is expected to do so as well. The SUV is offering some systems that are hard to find on rivals. The front 180-degree camera helps with parking and slow maneuvers. It even has a washer to stay clean. Ford remains the only automaker to offer second-row inflatable seatbelts. For the Explorer, it is also offering second-row personal airbags. Of course, you can get a lane keeper with warning and automation to help you. Likewise, a forward collision warning is paired with an emergency autobrake. Special warnings include a vibrating steering wheel and flashing red lights on the windshield to indicate problems ahead. Parking assist automation is definitely a favorite with busy drivers.

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* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.