2018 Ford Explorer Review Woody Folsom Ford 2018 Ford Explorer Review
2018 Ford Explorer Review Woody Folsom Ford 2018 Ford Explorer Review

2018 Ford Explorer Review Colors, Release Date, Redesign, Price

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launched in the early 1990s the Ford
Explorer deserves credit for opening the floodgates for America’s SUV obsession
decades later the three row midsize Explorer SUV remains a Sales Leader
raising the question is the popular choice the right choice for you the
answer is yes if you want other drivers to wonder if you’re a cop police
impersonation aside the Explorer has a rugged and refined look that states
unambiguously no I do not drive a minivan Inside you can choose a second row
bench seat or second row captains chairs unless you need a demilitarized zone
between spiteful siblings the seven passenger layout is the logical choice
for hauling people oh we should note that the Honda Pilot and Toyota
Highlander each top out at eight seats second row accommodations are
accommodating but let’s see what happens when I climb into the third row as a
completely average American male this should be a pretty good test assuming you’re a
completely average American male head does not touch the headliner seat back is
a little bit vertical and my knees are well-acquainted with the seat back but
yeah I could do this for a little bit climbing aboard the Explorer’s third row
is a cinch due to wide aperture rear doors and optional power folding second
row seats up front a parking brake and wheel well hump somewhat intrude on foot
space but otherwise the foremost quarters win big in the comfort
department making amends for its capacitive controlled past the latest
Explorer incorporates sweet unambiguous buttons for the audio and climate
controls while a 4.2-inch screen comes standard we greatly prefer
the optional 8 inch touch screen featuring Sync 3 Apple CarPlay
Android Auto and a pair of USB outlets the system is an intuitive attractive
and useful centerpiece for the interior look at those buttons fly depart this
region of the cabin and there are a few areas of concern the hard shiny plastic
feels cheap especially when juxtaposed with fancy materials that adorn higher
trims like this platinum model some of the steering wheel controls are
ergonomically indistinct requiring you to read them until you instinctively
know what does what and it sure seems like the dash trim and door trim should
line up or at least misalign the same on the left and right sides on a more
positive note the Explorer boasts more space behind its third row than most
midsize SUVs it’s 21 cubic foot capacity doubles with the third row dropped an
easy task made even easier with the optional power operated seats lower the
second row and that number jumps to a commendable 81 point 7 cubic feet cargo
is accessed through a wide rear hatch that if you’re willing to pay for it
opens with the wave of your foot first time try roll down the road at a decent clip and
the Explorer shines with a plush ride and well-controlled road noise boing
encounter a curve though and you’ll notice some imprecision from the
steering wheel interestingly cornering grip is better than you’d expect I think
the the chassis people need to talk to the seat people one notable Explorer
shortcoming is visibility the B-pillar is wide blocking your view to the side
the C&D pillars are also wide blocking your view rearward and over your right
shoulder and the A-pillar is wide partially blocking your view to the
front at the same time a long dash and a sloping hood make it hard to tell
exactly how far you should pull into that space to Ford’s credit they counter
those visibility issues with technology in the form of an optional blind spot
monitoring system and a washer equipped forward-facing 180 degree camera that is
a godsend when creeping from an alley into traffic for propulsion ford serves up a
trio of engines each paired with a competent 6-speed Automatic transmission
starting with a naturally aspirated v6 given its modest $500 premium torque-y
output and 27 mpg highway rating the optional 2.3 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder
is a smart upgrade if blowing the doors off of other midsize SUVs sounds like
fun the Explorer can on higher trims be equipped with a twin-turbo 3.5 liter v6
with the EcoBoost v6 you can either tow up to 5,000 pounds or blast from 0 to 60
miles per hour in around 6 seconds I choose the latter for those who’d rather tow the Explorer
offers a tow haul mode with trailer sway control read a few crash blogs on
YouTube to appreciate why that’s helpful the EcoBoost v6 sends its abundant
power to all four tires but four wheel drive can also be added to the base v6
and EcoBoost 4-cylinder for about $2,100 do so and you’ll enjoy hill descent
control and a four mode terrain management system while removing the
possibility of getting shamefully stuck in a front-wheel drive SUV in roughly
$32,000 base form the Explorer’s feature list consists of automatic LED headlights a 6
way power driver seat with manual recline rear climate controls a backup
camera a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth a host of airbags including a
front passenger knee airbag and Ford’s MyKey
which helps parents prevent reckless behavior from inexperienced drivers
venturing through higher trims and the option sheet opens features like dual
zone automatic climate control a 2 panel moonroof power adjustable pedals passive
entry with push-button start an automatic parallel and perpendicular
parking system heated and ventilated front massaging seats delivering truly
heroic levels of lumbar adjustment and adaptive cruise control that
automatically shuts off at slow speeds be sure to remember that supplementing
the standard safety roster are options like second row outboard inflatable
seatbelts lane departure warning with steering assist and forward collision
warning select the top tier platinum trim with it’s Sony premium audio system
and Nirvana leather seats and MSRP lands around 52,000 dollars filling out the
mid-size three row competitive set are the VW Atlas Chevrolet Traverse Toyota
Highlander and Honda Pilot among others in such an
illustrious crowd the Explorer’s varying quality and seven passenger max capacity
are potential deterrents shortcomings aside the Ford Explorer is
roomy offers a range of compelling features and it’ll give you a handy
conversation starter with all those other Ford Explorer owners at the very
least the sight of yet another Explorer on the road might help keep slow drivers
out of the left lane thank you for your service .

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