The Ford Explorer is one of the original American sports utility vehicles and has been a hit among drivers since its introduction more than three decades ago. This classic midsize SUV features everything that families need for short jaunts and long road trips alike, including expansive space and a powerful twin-turbocharged V6 engine.
The base model of the 2017 Ford Explorer is equipped with a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower V6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Drivers who want even more horses have two upgraded powertrains to choose from: a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 280 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 365 horsepower. With the base engine, you’ll get 17/24 city/highway miles per gallon as estimated by the EPA, while the turbocharged engine is an even better bet with 19/27 mpg. With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, the Explorer is ideal for those who need to tow a small trailer. While front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive with a terrain management system is also available. This allows drivers to toggle between selectable modes: Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Grass/Gravel/Snow.
Despite its rugged pedigree, the 2017 Explorer delivers a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride according to U.S. News and World Report, with plenty of passenger space and supportive seats, along with a roomy cargo hold and available hands-free power liftgate for easy loading. Drivers who don’t need to seat seven can opt for comfortable second-row bucket seats, dropping the SUV’s capacity to six. When it comes to tech, the base model Ford Explorer delivers, equipped with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, Ford’s SYNC voice control interface, a rearview camera, and Ford’s MyKey functionality. This feature allows you to set speed and volume limits for the vehicle based on which key is used, an ideal safety feature for parents with teen drivers.
The 2017 Ford Explorer has an excellent safety reputation, with a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the highest possible score in three out of four tested categories from the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety. Active safety features are available on higher trims of the Explorer, with driver assistance technology that includes front and rear parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.
The 2017 Ford Explorer is available in five separate trims: the base model, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Each has multiple options packages, which allows drivers to customize an Explorer to their specific tastes. It’s great for everyone from families who want a utilitarian, value-packed SUV to those who prefer the luxurious Platinum, appointed with a satin chrome-finished grille, chrome exhaust tips, and 20-inch wheels on the exterior and inside, a dual-panel moonroof, premium leather upholstery with quilted inserts, heated front and rear seats and steering wheel, and other comforts.
Choose the SUV that has been the best seller in its class for more than 25 years running. The 2017 Ford Explorer is a great incarnation of an American classic.