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2017 Ford Explorer
Select a Different Model (8 Available): Base 2WD
Fair Market Price $ 21821
MPG (EPA) 17 CTY /24 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 21/82 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
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2017 Ford Explorer MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • New XLT Sport Appearance package
  • Well-appointed Platinum trim

You Won't Like

  • Cramped third-row seating
  • Slow acceleration on lower trim models

New for 2017

The 2017 Ford Explorer will feature a new XLT Sport Appearance package, as well as interior enhancements. A hands-free liftgate will be standard on Sport models, while Sync 3 will be offered on the XLT and come standard on the Limited, Sport, and Platinum models.

Vehicle Summary

The 2017 Ford Explorer SUV offers three-row seating, can hold up to seven passengers, and is offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.

Overview

Ford offers the Explorer in five different trim levels including the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine for the base, XLT, and Limited, with the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 engine available. For the Sport and Platinum models, power comes in the form of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. All engine options will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

For 2017, the Ford Explorer keeps the same features and engine lineup from the previous model year, with the new XLT Sport Appearance package the biggest update. Offering some of the Sport model's styling upgrades without the added price or EcoBoost V-6 engine, the XLT Sport Appearance package adds 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels, a Magnetic Gray grille, mirror caps, and rear applique, Ebony Black body side cladding, a black roof rack, and an Explorer hood badge. Inside, the new package will add Dark Earth Gray leather front seats, Dark Earth Gray Miko suede for seat backs and inserts with an Umber scrim and door trim inserts, Umber contrast stitching, and Explorer logo floor mats.

The Explorer XLT will also offer the newer SYNC 3 infotainment system, while the Limited, Sport, and Platinum models offer it as a standard feature.

Safety

The 2017 Ford Expedition features standard front, front-side, and curtain airbags, a third-row safety canopy, front passenger knee airbag, and rear outboard inflatable seatbelts. For the new model year, Ford has added adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support to the Blind Spot Information System. Inflatable rear safety belts have also been added as a standalone option for the Explorer XLT model. Lane keep assist and lane departure warning will only be offered on Limited and Platinum models.

What We Think

The Ford Explorer was refreshed for 2016, sporting a new look and upgrades to the engine and feature content. The 2017 Explorer doesn't change much, but adds a new sport package to the XLT trim, as well as additional safety features.

In a 2016 Ford Explorer First Drive review, we said that the seating is more inboard than necessary, making it difficult to get in and out of the vehicle. Throttle input from the non-EcoBoost V-6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines isn't great, but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost found in the Sport and Platinum models offer better acceleration and engaging driving experience.

Cool Fact

The 2017 Ford Explorer comes standard with LED low-beam headlights on every trim.

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2017 FORD EXPLORER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, SelectShift 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (44J)
Trim
Base 2WD
Class
Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
290@6500
Standard MPG
17/24
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
7/7
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.3 Liter

INCLUDES: 2.3l I-4 EcoBoost Engine; Active Grille Shutter System; Axle Ratio, 3.360; Emission Equipment, 6.7; Transmission, 6 Speed Automatic
$470 $495

Engine: V6 3.5 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, SelectShift 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (44J)

Std Std

Transmission, 6 Speed Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [99H] Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.3 Liter
Grp Grp

Exterior Color, Shadow Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blue Jeans Metallic

N/C N/C

Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

$375 $395

Exterior Color, Ruby Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ingot Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Oxford White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Reverse Sensing System (Fleet)

$261 $275

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front, Rear and 3rd Row

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Sync, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Engine Block Heater (Fleet)

$86 $90

Axle Ratio, 3.360

CONTAINED IN: [99H] Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.3 Liter
Grp Grp

Axle Ratio, 3.390

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 18.6 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

N/C N/C

Splash Guards (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$195 $205

Roof Rail Crossbars (Dealer)

$132 $140

Rear Bumper Protector (Dealer)

$71 $75

Running Boards (Dealer)

$565 $595

Active Grille Shutter System

CONTAINED IN: [99H] Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.3 Liter
Grp Grp

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Black

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [50M] Splash Guards (Dealer)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Rear Door

Std Std

All-Weather Floor Mats

$114 $120

Cargo Shade (Dealer)

$123 $130

Smokers Kit with Element (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Ashtray; Cigar Lighter
$86 $90

Rear Cargo Well Protector (Dealer)

$95 $100

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Ashtray

CONTAINED IN: [60X] Smokers Kit with Element (Dealer)
Grp Grp

Cigar Lighter

CONTAINED IN: [60X] Smokers Kit with Element (Dealer)
Grp Grp

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

LED Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Black driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Inflatable Rear-Seatbelts

INCLUDES: Airbags, 9; Seatbelt, Inflatable Rear
$185 $195

Daytime Running Lamps (Fleet)

$42 $45

Advancetrac With RSC

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, 9

CONTAINED IN: [90R] Inflatable Rear-Seatbelts
Grp Grp

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelt, Inflatable Rear

CONTAINED IN: [90R] Inflatable Rear-Seatbelts
Grp Grp

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent

Std Std

Windshield, Zone Tinted

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear View Camera

Std Std

Headlights, LED Halogen High Beams

Std Std

Driver Seat, 8-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 7

Std Std

Seats, Third Row Buckets

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Medium Light Camel Cloth

N/C N/C

Sirius Satellite Radio

$185 $195

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Audio System, Sync® AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player with Color Screen

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P245/60SR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

2.3l I-4 EcoBoost Engine

CONTAINED IN: [99H] Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.3 Liter
Grp Grp

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4