The 2017 Explorer shines with sharp satin chrome accents throughout the body, from the unique Platinum grille to the rear liftgate. The bold new look is sure to make you the envy of the neighborhood. New available signature lighting complements the new elegant, sculpted exterior lines. Efficient LED lamps enhance visibility with bright, long-lasting illumination, making your interior as eye-catching as your exterior. Explorer makes it super-easy to load cargo when your hands are full. Simply kick your foot under the bumper and the available hands-free, foot-activated liftgate will open automatically. A new available 2.3L EcoBoost engine joins an Explorer powertrain lineup designed to fit your personal needs, with 3 engines offered to fit your needs. From long highway commutes to towing trailers through the country, there’s an Explorer engine with the right power for your lifestyle. A 3,5L V6 comes standard with 290hp while the powerful 365hp 3.5L EcoBoost V6 boasts towing up to 5,000 pounds and come standard on Sport and Platinum models. The ultra-luxurious interior features authentic wood accents and premium leathers for the ultimate comfort experience. The leather-wrapped dashboard and steering wheel are styled with contrast stitching, providing style and functionality. An available system of ultrasonic sensors help you park the Explorer in any situation. The available front 180-degree camera sees around corners, down alleys and out of parking spots. Stay connected with friends, family, and all goings with the available SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system with hands-free calling, voice-activated entertainment, customizable instrument cluster screens and touch-screen controls.
The Explorer is offered in base, XLT, Limited and Platinum models, but no matter the model, it comes with three well-designed rows of seating and room for up to seven (the second row comes with two bucket seats for adults). While the third row is kid-sized, it's easier to fold than those on just about any other model, thanks to the simple, single-button power-folding system. Parents will also note that LATCH fasteners for child seats are included in the second-row outboard positions. Both the second and third rows flip forward, giving a cavernous 81 cubic-feet of cargo space.
The base engine is a 3.5L V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, with EPA ratings of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The optional 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder makes a healthy 270 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, and fuel economy is best in class at 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The 4-wheel-drive system in the Explorer is available with both engines, and it is designed with the urban driving done by most Explorer owners in mind. The system includes a Terrain Management system that cleverly recalibrates itself for snow, sand or mud when needed. With 4-wheel drive, there's also Hill Descent Control, to help maintain composure on steep, slippery slopes.
Standard equipment on the Explorer is more extensive than what's found in most mainstream-brand vehicles. Cruise control, a media hub system, four 12-volt powerpoints, capless fuel-filling and the MyKey control/monitoring feature are all standard on the base model, while optional or standard goodies on the upper XLT or Limited trims include dual-zone climate control; remote start; power-folding, heated side-view mirrors; reverse sensing; ambient lighting, adjustable pedals, a rearview camera system, push-button start and a 110-volt AC outlet. The top-of-the-line Platinum trim includes quilted leather seating, brush aluminum accents, and ash wood inlays.
MyFord Touch combines a host of vehicle, information and entertainment functions in an interface that appears a bit like that of iPads or other tablet computers. The system works together with Ford's Sync interface to interact seamlessly -- and with voice commands -- with media players, smartphones and music on USB sticks.
All Explorers include both Roll Stability Control and Curve Control sophisticated stability control systems. Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags also cover all three rows and an SOS Post-Crash System helps alert authorities if the airbags deploy. Safety-related tech features on the Explorer include adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system that includes brake support as well as a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.
Excellent Ride Quality
World-class Safety Features
EcoBoost Engine Provides Good Mileage
The Ford Explorer remains essentially unchanged for 2017, save for a new Sport Appearance package that makes its debut this year. The new package includes exterior enhancements such as stylish grey wheels, a matching grey grill, black exterior cladding and grey leather interior.
The Ford Explorer has been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control -- a more advanced version of electronic stability control -- is also a Ford exclusive. Ford's MyKey system helps parents manage the teen drivers in the family.
The Explorer also stands out for being one of the "greenest" choices available. Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot.
Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 (FFV) -inc: Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) system is standard equipment for vehicles w/the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine shipped to Federal Emissions States or Cross Border State dealers and is only available w/a Federal emissions system, (FFV system not available w/code 422 and requires code 936 or 423 if applicable for California Emissions State dealer destinations).Cross border states include AZ, DC, ID, NH, NV, OH, VA, WV Not standard equipment in CA Emissions States.
Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic
3.39 Non-Limited-Slip Axle Ratio
GVWR: 6,160 lbs
58-Amp/Hr 540CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
Integrated Roof Antenna
SYNC Communication & Entertainment System -inc: enhanced voice recognition, 911 Assist, 4.2" LCD screen in center stack, AppLink and 1 smart-charging multimedia USB port in the Media Hub, Note: SYNC AppLink lets you control some of your favorite compatible mobile apps w/your voice, It is compatible w/select smartphone platforms, Commands may vary by phone and AppLink software
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