Sharing its car-based platform with the Taurus sedan, the Ford Explorer sits squarely in the crossover realm, pitting it against competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse. Front-wheel drive is standard, and the Explorer can seat up to seven people in three rows. All-wheel drive with Ford’s Terrain Management System is optional. The MyFord Touch system, with touch-sensitive and voice-activated controls, is also optional.
Base, XLT, Limited and Sport trim levels are offered. All three come with V-6 power; the turbo four-cylinder is optional on front-wheel-drive models.
- Grille finish based on trim level
- Standard 17-inch steel wheels and black plastic side moldings
- XLT models have body-colored door handles, painted black mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels
Under the Hood
- Standard 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
- Available 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
- Both engines drive a six-speed automatic transmission and can run on regular gas
- Front- or all-wheel drive
- Available Terrain Management System adapts drivetrain settings to suit one of four environments: pavement, snow, sand or mud
- V-6 towing capacity is 5,000 pounds; four-cylinder’s is 2,000 pounds