2018 Ford Explorer SUV

City mpg:
17
Highway mpg:
24

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Ford Explorer SUV Overview

The standard features of the Ford Explorer Base include 3.5L V-6 290hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

2018 Ford
Explorer SUV

Starting at: $32,140

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  • 2018 Ford Explorer Limited SUV

    • *Suggested Retail:$51,580
    • Savings:$6,000
    • Lewis Value Price:$45,580
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    Engine:
    2.3L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Magnetic,
    Interior Color:
    Ebony,
    Stock #:
    JGC81020,
    Model Code:
    K8F,
    VIN:
    1FM5K8FH5JGC81020
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    Equipment Group 301A (Ford Safe & Smart Package, Inflatable Rear Safety Belts, Enhanced Active Park Assist w/Parallel Park, Multi-Contour Front Seats w/Active Motion, )
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  • 2018 Ford Explorer Platinum SUV

    • *Suggested Retail:$56,225
    • Savings:$7,500
    • Lewis Value Price:$48,725
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    Engine:
    3.5L V-6 cyl,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Ingot Silver,
    Interior Color:
    Ebony,
    Stock #:
    JGC22830,
    Model Code:
    K8H,
    VIN:
    1FM5K8HT7JGC22830
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    Equipment Group 600A (Engine: 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic, 3.16 Axle Ratio, GVWR: 6,160 lbs, )
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  • 2018 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Utility

    • *Suggested Retail:$36,065
    • Savings:$4,520
    • Lewis Value Price:$31,545
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    Engine:
    2.3L 4,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Magnetic Metallic,
    Interior Color:
    Ebony,
    Stock #:
    JGC63293,
    Model Code:
    K7D,
    VIN:
    1FM5K7DH9JGC63293
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  • 2018 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Utility

    • *Suggested Retail:$41,365
    • Savings:$4,000
    • Lewis Value Price:$37,365
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    Engine:
    3.5L 6,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Blue Metallic,
    Interior Color:
    Ebony,
    Stock #:
    JGC22844,
    Model Code:
    K7D,
    VIN:
    1FM5K7D82JGC22844
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  • 2018 Ford Explorer XLT SUV

    • *Suggested Retail:$44,105
    • Savings:$6,000
    • Lewis Value Price:$38,105
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    Engine:
    2.3L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Platinum Dune Tri-Coat,
    Interior Color:
    Leather Bucket Heated Seat Medium Light Stone Inte,
    Stock #:
    JGB39219,
    Model Code:
    K8D,
    VIN:
    1FM5K8DH5JGB39219
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    Equipment Group 202A (Driver Connect Package, LED Fog Lamps, Power & Heated Glass Sideview Mirrors, Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/7 Speakers, )
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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - 911 Assist
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 198mm (7.8")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Smart device integration - AppLink
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 290hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.5mm x 86.7mm (3.64" x 3.41")
  • Compression ratio - 10.80 to 1
  • Curb weight - 2,015kg (4,443lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,794kg (6,160lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 907kg (2,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,037mm (198.3")
  • Exterior body width - 2,004mm (78.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,778mm (70.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,865mm (112.8")
  • Turning radius - 6.0m (19.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,090mm (42.9")
  • Rear legroom - 1,003mm (39.5")
  • 3rd row legroom - 813mm (32.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear headroom - 1,031mm (40.6")
  • 3rd row headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,443mm (56.8")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,034mm (40.7")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,562mm (61.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,549mm (61.0")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,290mm (50.8")
  • Passenger volume - 4,296L (151.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 595 L (21 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,285 L (81 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 290hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 20mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.6gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 24mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Base 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Base Search New $32,140   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
XLT 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $34,175   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
Base 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Base Search New $34,290   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
XLT 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $36,325   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Limited 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $42,090   280-hp 2.3L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
Limited 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $44,240   280-hp 2.3L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
Sport 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Sport Search New $45,950   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Platinum 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum Search New $53,940   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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It’s easy to find the limits of the base V6. It’s quick enough around town, but on a winding road under acceleration between the curves, there’s not enough torque at lower rpm, demanding constant downshifting of the transmission to find it, and the shifts are slow unless you’re in Sport mode, which most models have. That mode brings quicker shifts and throttle response. Paddle shifters aren’t available at all.

The 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo has sharper acceleration with good low end, so it spurts away from corners. It loves Sport mode. It has a sweet sound: throaty, with amplified engine notes piped into the cabin. If you’re the least bit enthusiastic about driving, you need this engine.

The suspension uses MacPherson struts in front with an isolated subframe, and multi links in the rear, with anti-roll bars at both ends. The Sport gets a quicker steering rack, firmer suspension bits, and a strut tower brace with stiffer anti-roll bar in front.

The Explorer’s off-road capability is modest. Rugged terrain is not its forte. But it will get you and six friends or family through the snow to a ski resort, and back down off the icy mountain safely, an achievement maybe not so modest. The system has Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow modes, and electronically varies the throttle and braking to deliver the best traction.

Walk Around

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For being in the eighth year of its generation, the smooth styling holds up. It was revised for 2016, so it’s not so old, more like distinguished. Distinguished by being classy and subtle, showing restraint at a time when others are going all overboard on edgy and futuristic.

The roofline window-line, from the shoulders up, has timeless beauty. It’s the most graceful pillar/roofline in the game. With tinted rear glass and the small roof spoiler, it flows like a hawk.

There’s continuous cladding from the front to rear bumpers, over the wheelwells and under the doors, but it’s not intrusive.

On a wheelbase of 113 inches, the Explorer is sixteen and a half feet long, and weighs 4900 pounds fully loaded.

Interior Overview

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Ford wants the Explorer cabin to be up there with Audi and BMW, and they say they will stay on it until it is. It’s at least as handsome as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, while being a bit more contemporary, as revised for 2016.

But if it’s going to be tops, the infotainment must be tops, and Ford’s Sync 3 isn’t. It’s way better than the previous painful MyFord Touch, but we wish Sync 3 were simpler. It isn’t a better alternative to Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

There are a lot of control knobs and buttons on the dash, intelligently put there for 2016.

With tight door seals, engine mounts that absorb vibration, and acoustic glass all around (except for the Base), it’s soft and quiet in the cabin. Forward visibility is good thanks to a high seating position, although there are over-the-shoulder blind spots thanks to those rear pillars. Beauty has a price.

The front seats (heated on most models) are supportive and comfortable, with soft cushions, the right amount of bolstering, and high soft armrests. The rear seats provide plenty of legroom but need more padding; the horizontal cushion is short and slanted awkwardly, and there’s not enough width in the center for an adult.

Rear bucket seats are available, which are more comfortable and open the access to the available third row. That reduces the seating capacity to six, but it’s a more convenient use that works for many. The dual-panel moonroof really opens things up.

The third row like so many is cramped for adults, but okay for kids, who (if you don’t have the rear buckets) climb back there over the forward-flipped second row.

The third row folds forward, with available power, to create a vast 81 cubic feet for cargo with a floor that’s nearly flat. There’s still 21 cubic feet even with all rows up.

Summary

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There are many tough competitors in the class, and Explorer has aged, but it remains a solid choice. Graceful, brawny exterior, sports suspension with the right bits. Can seat six, happily. Vast cargo space. Six-speed automatic, Sync 3 infotainment are the weak spots.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The Ford Explorer ($31,990) comes standard with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, air conditioning.

All-wheel drive is available for all models. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Explorer XLT ($34,020) and XLT AWD ($36,170) upgrade with 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, satellite radio, navigation, and 10-way power driver’s seat.

Explorer Limited ($42,090) features leather seating, 20-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row, power folding third row, 12-speaker Sony sound system. Limited AWD models come with the 2.3-liter turbo engine.

Explorer Sport ($45,950) and Platinum ($53,940) get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and all-wheel drive.

There’s a Sport Appearance Package for lower trims, rendering a more aggressive look with 20-inch wheels, a gray grille insert and black cladding, black roof rack, and gray leather seating with gray suede accents and contrast stitching. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)