2017 Ford Explorer SUV Review

Take the whole family along for adventure with the 20017 Ford Explorer. This three-row SUV can fit up to seven people at a time, plus features powerful engines and other rugged equipment. You'll always be prepared for whatever nature throws at your, both on and off the road.

On top of all that, you can get some amazing technologies and luxuries for the interior, depending on which of the five available models you select. Ultimately, this is a vehicle that will serve all of your needs fully.

Performance and Capability

Depending on which version of the Ford Explorer you get, one of three available engines offers a balance of performance and fuel efficiency. The standard 3.5-litre V-6 uses twin independent variable camshaft timing to produce 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque.

If you're interested in saving fuel, without sacrificing driving enjoyment, the 2.3-litre EcoBoost is a great way to do that. It delivers 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, with the aid of a turbocharger and direct injection.

Sport and Platinum models use an especially potent 3.5-litre Ecoboost V-6, which whips out 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. While two-wheel drive is standard with the other two engines, this one can only be had with an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, which is optional for the other models. Any Ford Explorer with four-wheel drive also has a terrain management system and hill descent control.

The same six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is also included on each version of the Ford Explorer. Paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel allow you to manually switch gears, controlling performance more precisely in certain situations.

Bring a boat, trailer, camper or whatever else along with you for adventure, because the Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) when equipped properly. The available Class III Trailer Tow Package outfits the SUV with a tow hitch, engine oil cooler and wiring harness. Trailer sway control is also standard.

Safety Technologies

AS a family-oriented vehicle, the Ford Explorer guards against injury with active and passive safety features. For example, an optional 180-degree front camera helps you see around blind corners. It's a great way to avoid getting hit by cross-traffic that isn't expecting you.

All models use Curve Control to keep the SUV from going off the road. It can tell if you're entering a turn too quickly, automatically hitting the brakes and reducing the throttle to slow you down. This technology enhances the AdvanceTrac with roll stability control system, which is also included on all Ford Explorers.


You'll find the cabin is a comfortable place, and available luxuries only enhance that quality. An intelligent access with push-button start feature means you never have to get the keys out to enter or start the vehicle. Leather upholstery is available, plus seat heaters and ventilation. You can even get a heated steering wheel, Sync 3 and a rear entertainment system. The possibilities are many.

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