Meet Your 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
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2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer
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$36,289
CAD
Licensing and applicable taxes
  • 3.5L V-6 290hp engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • side seat mounted airbags
  • Safety Canopy System curtain 1st
  • 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag
  • passenger knee airbag
  • airbag occupancy sensor
  • air conditioning
  • 18" aluminum wheels
  • cruise control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • AdvanceTrac w/RSC electronic stability.

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The Ford Explorer has long been one of the best-selling SUVs in the market. A capable tow vehicle and off-roader, it also offers the generous interior space, comfort features and safety technologies necessary for day-to-day tasks.

The 7-passenger Explorer is available in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, with a choice of five trim levels: Base, XLT, Sport, Limited and Platinum. A 290-hp 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine is standard on the Base and XLT, while the Limited gets the 285-hp 2.3-liter turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder; Sport and Platinum trims boast a 365-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode; 4x4 models also get a user-friendly terrain management system. Trim-dependent standard equipment includes: 18- and 20-inch aluminum wheels, dual panel moonroof, hands-free power liftgate, LED fog lights, LED headlamps, automatic high-beams, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Intelligent Access with push-button start and front/rear cameras with washers, along with satellite/HD radio, voice-activated navigation and Ford's SYNC communications and entertainment system. Standard safety features consist of AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control function, traction control and anti-lock disc brakes, as well as Ford's MyKey owner control feature and seven airbags. Industry-first second-row inflatable seatbelts are available, as well as a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert; additional standard/optional technologies include Lane Departure Warning & Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning, along with enhanced Active Park Assist with perpendicular park assist, park-out assist and semi-automatic parallel parking.

Following a complete redesign last year, the Ford Explorer gets minimal changes for 2017. Most notably, Limited models are now powered by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine, and a new SYNC® 3 communications and entertainment system debuts.

Quick Quotes
For many years, the Ford Explorer has been one of the best-selling SUVs in the market. A capable tow vehicle and off-roader, the Explorer also offers the generous interior space, comfort features and safety technologies necessary for day-to-day tasks.
- New Car Test Drive, CarsDirect
Performance in government crash tests is good.
- The Car Connection, CarsDirect
[The] Ford Explorer is a relative joy to drive compared to other truck-based SUVs like the Dodge Durango and Chevy Trailblazer.
- Edmunds.com, CarsDirect

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Introduction

With its 113-inch wheelbase, the Ford Explorer is bigger than it's ever been, about the same size now as the Chevy Traverse and Honda Pilot.

Explorer looks rugged, but that's deceiving.In fact, it should be viewed as a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive family wagon.It's not rough and tumble like it used to be, back in the day when it was body-on-frame, and had locking hubs and a low-range transfer case.With the right options, today it can tow 5000 pounds and seat seven people, but so can the Kia Sorento.

For 2016, Explorer got a light re-do, including smoother bodywork, nicer and quieter interior, new available engine, and Sync 3 infotainment system.For practical purposes the generation stretches back to 2011, when it went crossover.

For 2017, Explorer offers a new Sport Appearance Package for lower trims, rendering a more aggressive look with 20-inch wheels, a gray grille insert and black cladding, black roof rack, and gray leather seating with gray suede accents and contrast stitching.Otherwise, it carries over unchanged.

Base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that's used in many other Fords, from Flex to Fusion.It makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, and can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in about 8.5 seconds, using the standard 6-speed automatic transmission.It comes as front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is available on upper models.

A popular engine is the four-cylinder 2.3-liter turbo, available on some models and standard on Explorer Limited AWD.This EcoBoost four can be found in the Lincoln MKC and Ford Mustang, and in the Explorer makes 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.It's better than the V6 in every aspect, including the sound that comes from the tuned exhaust system.

The most powerful and most fun engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 making 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, in the Platinum and Sport AWD models.If they made an Explorer SHO it would have this engine.The Explorer Sport with this twin turbo V6 gets 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes and a stiffer chassis, but it's still a long way from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

Naturally, fuel mileage for that engine is the lowest of the three, at an EPA-estimated 16 City, 22 Highway and 18 Combined miles per gallon.The base V6 doesn't do much better, at 17/24/20 mpg, while the EcoBoost turbocharged four 19/28/22 mpg.It's worth noting that many EcoBoost buyers complain that their mileage doesn't match the EPA rating.

The Explorer earns five stars in its NHTSA crash rating in every category except rollover, but we can't think of any tall SUV that gets five stars there.With the IIHS, the Explorer got top scores in the moderate-front overlap, side impact and roof strength tests, but only Marginal in the small-overlap crash test.

One feature that might enhance safety but doesn't factor into crash ratings is the Explorer's Curve Control within the stability control; it adapts throttle and brake to upcoming corners.Also standard is trailer sway control.

top Body Exterior featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
Power door mirrorsYYYYY
SpoilerYYYYY
Trailer sway controlYYYYY
Heated door mirrorsYYYY
Turn signal indicator mirrorsYYYY
Power liftgateYYY
Trailer hitch receiverYY
top Convenience Features featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
1-touch upYYYYY
Rear beverage holdersYYYYY
Remote keyless entryYYYYY
Overhead consoleYYYYY
Illuminated entryYYYYY
Driver door binYYYYY
Rear air conditioningYYYYY
Telescoping steering wheelYYYYY
Rear door binsYYYYY
Power windowsYYYYY
Passenger vanity mirrorYYYYY
Speed controlYYYYY
Driver vanity mirrorYYYYY
1-touch downYYYYY
Front beverage holdersYYYYY
Air conditioningYYYYY
Tilt steering wheelYYYYY
Passenger door binYYYYY
Emergency communication systemYYYY
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorYYYY
Automatic temperature controlYYYY
Front dual zone A/CYYYY
Auto tilt-away steering wheelYYY
Trunk/hatch auto-latchYYY
Pedal memoryYYY
Heated steering wheelYYY
Garage door transmitterYYY
Navigation systemYYY
Steering wheel memoryYYY
Adjustable pedalsYYY
Memory seatYYY
Distance pacing cruise controlY
Power moonroofY
top Entertainment Features featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
MP3 decoderYYYYY
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsYYYYY
AM/FM radioY
Radio data systemYYYYY
CD playerYYYYY
top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
Fully automatic headlightsYYYYY
Low tire pressure warningYYYYY
Variably intermittent wipersYYYYY
TachometerYYYYY
Exterior parking camera rearYYYYY
Rear window defrosterYYYYY
Rear reading lightsYYYYY
Rear window wiperYYYYY
Speed sensitive wipersYYYYY
CompassYYYYY
Trip computerYYYYY
Delay-off headlightsYYYYY
Outside temperature displayYYYYY
Front reading lightsYYYYY
Front fog lightsYYYY
ConfigurableYYYY
Exterior parking camera frontYYY
Blind spot sensorYY
Auto high-beam headlightsY
Rain sensing wipersY
top Off-Road Capability featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
top Powertrain featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
Sequential multi-point fuel injectionYYY
Variable valve controlYYYYY
Block heaterYYYYY
Mode select transmissionYY
top Safety and Security featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
Dual front impact airbagsYYYYY
Ignition disableYYYYY
Overhead airbagYYYYY
Traction controlYYYYY
ABS brakesYYYYY
Panic alarmYYYYY
Occupant sensing airbagYYYYY
Knee airbagYYYYY
Dual front side impact airbagsYYYYY
Electronic stabilityYYYYY
4 wheel disc brakesYYYYY
Perimeter/approach lightsYYYY
Security systemYYYY
Brake assistY
top Seats and Trim featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
Power driver seatYYYYY
Split folding rear seatYYYYY
Manual driver lumbar supportY
Front centre armrestYYYYY
Heated front seatsYYYY
Power 2-way driver lumbar supportYYY
Manual passenger lumbar supportY
Power passenger seatYYYY
Leather upholsteryYYY
Ventilated front seatsYYY
Heated rear seatsY
Power 2-way passenger lumbar supportYY
Rear seat centre armrestYYY
Genuine wood dashboard insertY
Massaging driver lumbar supportY
Leather steering wheelY
Genuine wood door panel insertY
Massaging passenger lumbar supportY
top Suspension/Handling featuresBaseXLTLimitedSportPlatinum
Alloy wheelsYYYYY
Rear anti-roll barYYYYY
Four wheel independent suspensionYYYYY
Power steeringYYYYY
Speed-sensing steeringYYYYY
Front anti-roll barYYYYY
Sport suspensionY
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