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2018 Ford Explorer
Select a Different Model (8 Available): Base 2WD
Fair Market Price $ 33142
MPG (EPA) 17 CTY /24 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 21/82 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
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2018 Ford Explorer MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Attractive looks
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost fuel economy
  • Quicker 3.5-liter EcoBoost model

You Won't Like

  • Not as off-road capable as its predecessors
  • Can get pricey when fully optioned
  • Awkward driver's seating position

New for 2018

The 2018 Ford Explorer gets mild freshening before its next major redesign. Updates include a new grille and foglights, and quad exhaust tips on models with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Other exterior changes include four new paint options and five wheel choices. The interior gains a 4G LTE modem and Wi-Fi hotspot. A new Safe and Smart package combines several popular active safety and driver assist tech together.

Vehicle Summary

In price, the three-row midsize 2018 Ford Explorer slots above the compact Escape, midsize two-row Edge, and three-row Flex, but below the full-size Expedition SUV.

Overview

Three engine options are offered for the 2018 Ford Explorer including a 3.5-liter V-6 base engine making 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Optional engines include turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 with 280 hp and 310 lb-ft or a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 making 365 hp and 350 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic backs all engine options. Front-drive is standard with the 3.5-liter and 2.3-liter, and the automaker's all-wheel-drive system is available with the base 3.5-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost and standard with 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

The 2018 Explorer is available in five trim levels including the base model, XLT, Limited, Sport, and top-spec Platinum. Standard and available options include cloth or leather seating surfaces, rear auxiliary climate control, 12-speaker Sony premium audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, a twin-panel moonroof, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, and more.

Safety

With only a mild refresh to the 2018 Explorer, we expect the 2017 Ford Explorer's five-star NHTSA rating (out of a possible five stars) to carry over, as well as the IIHS' Good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength tests and its Marginal rating in the small overlap front test. The 2017 Explorer also earned a Basic rating for its front crash warning. Available active safety and driver assistance tech on the 2017 model includes in the new Safe and Sound package includes collision warning and emergency braking, lane keeping, blind-spot warning, cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control, auto high beams, and rain-sensing wipers.

What We Think

"Ultimately, that might be the single biggest problem with the new Explorer Platinum and the Explorer as a whole: For every one thing it does well, someone else does it better. Want something roomier? There's the Honda Pilot. Want something more fun to drive? Look at the Mazda CX-9. Want something more luxurious? Check out the GMC Acadia," we concluded in out 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum EcoBoost First Test. "The Ford Explorer line is thoroughly competitive on paper, but its dominance has ultimately led the competition to simply try harder. With others overtaking the Explorer in comfort, packaging, luxury, and dynamics, it's now finally time for Ford to show 'we try harder' when the next-generation Explorer hits the streets in 2019."

Cool Fact

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost is available with all-wheel drive, while the previous 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 was front-drive only.

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2018 FORD EXPLORER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
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: Active Grille Shutter System; Axle Ratio, 3.360; Emission Equipment, 6.7; Tires, Low Rolling Resistance; Transmission, 6 Speed Automatic
$850 $895

Engine: V6 Flex Fuel 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, Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Shadow Black

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

Air Conditioning: Climate 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

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

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

Apps Control, Applink

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 4.2-Inch (1)

Std Std

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

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

Mud Flaps

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

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

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 ; Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

LED Lights, Brake Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Inflatable Rear-Seatbelts

INCLUDES: Airbags, 9; Seatbelt, Inflatable Rear
$199 $210

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

Headlights, LED Halogen High Beams

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

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear View Camera

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

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

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

$185 $195

Antenna

Std Std

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

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

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

Tires, Low Rolling Resistance

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
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
Amount Description Expiry Date
$2250 Ford announces a Vin Specific Bonus Customer Cash on select models. 07-01-2019