2017 Ford Explorer in Metro Detroit
Tackle whatever nature dishes out, and bring everyone along with the 2017 Ford Explorer. The modern SUV has a spacious interior, including three rows of seating and quite a few clever features. Capable powertrain options make traveling down a snow-packed road or rugged trail not just a possibility, but a breeze. Topping off an incredibly compelling package are quite a few cutting-edge technologies, including driver assistance systems.
Thanks to five trim levels in the 2017 Ford Explorer lineup, it's easy to find a version that suits your tastes and preferences. The trims in ascending order are called Explorer, XLT, Limited Sport and Platinum.
Like other Ford products, the 2017 Explorer has gained the Sync 3 infotainment system. It boasts better navigation and vastly improved voice commands, among other improvements. Running boards are also available, plus an XLT Sport Appearance package.
Three different engines are available for the 2017 Ford Explorer lineup. The base 3.5-liter V-6 pumps out a meaty 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. Buyers can opt for a blend of performance and fuel efficiency with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Despite being smaller, it uses turbocharging and direct injection to squeeze out an impressive 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Sport and Platinum models use a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, which is particularly thrilling, pumping out 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
A six-speed automatic transmission is paired with each engine option. Front-wheel drive is standard with the 3.5-liter V-6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost, with four-wheel drive available. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost only comes with four-wheel drive. Standard on the top two trims and available for the rest is a Terrain Management System, which changes how the vehicle operates according to the setting drivers select, helping take some of the stress out of off-roading.
Among the safety innovations included or available for the 2017 Ford Explorer are a few geared more towards trail driving. For example, hill start assist is standard, while hill descent control is optional, making dealing with steep grades a less risky prospect. The SUV also offers rear inflatable seatbelts, which like airbags deploy upon impact. The available equipment is designed to lessen how much force is applied to passengers' torsos, cutting down on the risk of them getting injured.
Some interior creature comforts such as air conditioning or power windows/locks are standard on all 2017 Ford Explorer trims. Others, including and auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting and a twin-panel moonroof, are optional. No matter what features are included, there's plenty of space on all three rows of seating, plus a decent cargo area behind the rearmost seats.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.