Buying a Ford Explorer


Ford has kept up with the times, putting all of the latest options in the 2017 Explorer. Although some would say they could have done better. Certain car review organizations, like US News & World Report, think buyers would be wise to buy one of the Explorer's competitors or the smaller Ford Edge. There are lots of great features in the 2017 Explorer, though. It has been the top-selling Sport Utility Vehicle for more than 20 years. If you are interested in buying one of these SUV's, here are answers to the questions you should be asking.

1

How many different Ford Explorer models are there?

There are five different Ford Explorer models. You can get a basic Explorer, an Explorer XLT, an Explorer Limited, a Sport model or the Platinum model. The basic Explorer and the XLT model come standard with the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine, but the 2.3L EcoBoost is an available option. The Limited comes standard with the 2.3L EcoBoost with the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine as an available option. The 3.5L EcoBoost is the standard engine in the Explorer Sport and Platinum models.

Independent front and rear suspension, hill descent electronic power assist steering, hill start assist, AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, front passenger knee airbag, safety canopy system, traction control and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System are all standard features on the Explorer, XLT, and Limited models. Hill Descent Control, Intelligent 4WD, and a Terrain Management System come standard with the Explorer Sport and Platinum models.

The basic Explorer and the XLT come standard with 18" painted aluminum wheels. Painted 18" 5-spoke aluminum wheels, 20" polished aluminum wheels and 20" Magnetic Metallic painted 10-spoke wheels are available options with the XLT, though. The Limited models come with 20" premium painted aluminum wheels standard, although you can get 20" polished aluminum wheels for a little more money. The Explorer Sport comes standard with 20" machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets. The Platinum model comes standard with 20" bright machined face rims with tarnished dark painted pockets.

2

How much does a new 2017 Ford Explorer cost?

The price of a brand new 2017 Explorer will start between $31,660 and $53,235. That's before you begin adding options.

3

What type of security features does the Explorer come with?

A Tire Pressure Monitoring System, SecuriLock Passive Anti-theft System, remote keyless/illuminated entry and a battery-saver feature are all standard security features on the basic explorer. The XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum models come with those features plus a perimeter alarm and SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad.

4

Are there add-on packages available for the 2017 Ford Explorer?

There is an add-on Class III trailer tow package available with the basic Explorer, XLT, Limited, and Sport models.

5

What type of infotainment system comes standard on the Explorer?

The SYNC 3 infotainment system is available in all five Explorer models. The basic Explorer model comes with an AM/FM single-disc CD player that is MP3 compatible and six speakers. It also comes with a media hub that has one smart charging USB port. You can get the SiriusXM Satellite Radio with the basic Explorer for a little more money. The Sirius XM Satellite Radio comes standard on the XLT model, along with a smart charging USB port. A 12V PowerPoint and SD card reader, a premium, MP3 compatible audio system with AM/FM radio and a single-disc CD player with nine speakers and a voice-activated Navigation system are available options for the XLT.

The Explorer Limited and Sport come with a Premium Sony Audio System, 12 speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a forward media bin with one smart-charging USB port and 12V PowerPoint and SD card reader along with a Voice-activated Navigation System. A premium 500-watt Sony sound system with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics is an available option for the Sport model, but it is standard in the Explorer Platinum.

6

How many people can ride comfortably in a Ford Explorer?

The Explorer doesn't get great mileage, but it does get reasonable gas mileage for an SUV. The Sport and Platinum models get 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The basic Explorer model and the XLT get a little better mileage with 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. If good gas mileage is important to you, the Explorer Limited, with a base price of $41,675, is the best model for you. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

7

Does the Ford Explorer get good gas mileage?

The Explorer doesn't get great mileage but it does get reasonable gas mileage for an SUV. The Sport and Platinum models get 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The basic Explorer model and the XLT get a little better mileage with 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. If good gas mileage is important to you, the Explorer Limited, with a base price of $41,675, is the best model for you. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

8

Has the 2017 Explorer gotten good reviews and ratings?

Car and Driver and Motor Trend only gave the 2017 Ford Explorer 3 out of 5 Stars. They don't think there's quite enough leg room in the third row and driver's seat. They also think it handles a bit heavy and the lower models are slow to accelerate. U.S. News & World Report gave it a 7.9 out of 10 for the same reasons.

In three of the four areas that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests vehicles, the Explorer got a "Good" rating. That is the highest rating they can award. In the small overlap front test, though, the Explorer only got a Marginal rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Explorer a 5-star rating, which is the highest possible rating from them.

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