The beauty of buying a Ford vehicle, especially an SUV or a truck is the variety of trims you can choose from. Ford has made a habit of offering as many as ten different trim and body styles on their trucks and ensures you have a wide range of choices when it comes to the SUVs as well. You can put the Ford Explorer up against any mainstream SUV and find that there is a trim level that makes you feel as if the Explorer should play in a higher market, especially when you consider the base model and what it has to offer you.
The base model of the Explorer brings in a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. This doesn’t sound like a large enough engine for this SUV, but when you realize this engine produces 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque you can see that its plenty powerful for the Explorer. This power is pushed through the six-speed automatic transmission that’s present on every Explorer to give you a fuel mileage of 19 city/27 hwy mpg in FWD and 18 city/25 hwy mpg in the AWD models of this base SUV.
Moving up the power lineup you will find a 3.5-liter V6 engine next on the menu with 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. With this powertrain you have the fuel mileage of 17 city/24 hwy mpg in FWD and 16 city/23 hwy mpg in 4WD to give you more horses but a lower torque and lower fuel mileage engine. At the top of the power spectrum you have a 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine that brings in 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. This powertrain brings you 16 city/22 hwy mpg and is only offered in AWD to give you the drive you want and plenty of power to go anywhere you might explore.
We’ve known the Explorer for many years and it still maintains it’s nearly square look with high sides and plenty of room. On the outside you will notice the standard LED low beam headlights, a grill and bumper that have improved the looks, but for the most part this SUV continues to look and feel like the Explorer we’ve known for so many years. Stepping inside you still get to enjoy the seating for seven across three rows and plenty of cargo space. Depending upon the trim level chosen, the Explorer can be a luxury beast or a stripped down workhorse.
There are five trim levels for the Explorer: base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum. The base model offers steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, LED low beam headlights, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera with a washer, cruise control, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, Ford Sync infotainment system, Ford’s MyKey programmable key and trailer sway control to help with towing needs.
Looking to the options you find some great packages to enjoy at each trim level. The XLT offers you leather upholstery, a navigation system, blind spot detection, inflatable rear seatbelts, dual zone automatic climate controls and a dual panel moonroof. The Platinum model move the luxury up with premium leather upholstery, a high end audio system, a leather covered dashboard, and much more. The EcoBoost V6 engine is offered on the Platinum model to give you more power to go along with that luxury.
Speaking to the price of the Explorer you will find it starts out around $32,000 for the base model in FWD. The AWD will add $2,200 to the price with the XLT beginning life at $35,000. The Sport comes in at $46,000 and the Platinum begins around $54,000 but both give you more power than with the lower models. This price range is highly competitive in the class the Explorer is in to give you a great SUV at a value you can enjoy.
As one of the most popular SUV to ever be driven on any road you know you want to pick up a new Explorer of your own. Whether it’s your first one or you’ve had a few in the past, the Explorer is the SUV that fits everyone and has the features to make you comfortable, confident and ready to take on the road and the trails around you.