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Exterior Dimensions
Starting at
$35,400
EPA - est City/Hwy
16/23
Engine
3.5L V6
Seats
7
Power
290 hp

2016 Ford Explorer Overview

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The Ford Explorer has been thoroughly updated for 2016 with a new Platinum trim level, a variety of engine choices, a long list of advanced features and improved safety and driver aids. With so many new features, the 2016 Ford Explorer is worth consideration among large crossover SUVs. Check out all the details on the 2016 Ford Explorer including fuel economy ratings, driving impressions and features availability.

If you have a large family, chances are you probably want a large and spacious vehicle to haul around your brood. Maybe you think a useful amount of towing capacity would be nice, too. But you also want the vehicle to have decent road manners and fuel economy. The 2016 Ford Explorer meets those requirements and is newly updated this year, taking what was already an upscale offering and making it even better. The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't look vastly different from the outgoing model (the new LED headlights and grille are the most notable aspects), but there are quite a few hidden changes. Inside, you'll find added USB charging ports to keep your family's techno gear running, as well as new tactile buttons for the optional MyFord Touch system that are easier to use than the previous touch-sensitive ones. The easiest way to identify the updated 2016 Ford Explorer is to look for the squared-off headlights and restyled grille. Some features have been improved as well, including the enhanced automated parking system that not only can park in a parallel space but can pull into and out of a perpendicular parking space as well. Then there's the enlarged optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes more power and returns better fuel economy, according to Ford's estimates. Importantly, the new engine can now be paired with all-wheel drive and, when properly equipped, tow up to 3,000 pounds. This year's Explorer also has a new top-end Platinum trim level. It comes with just about every tech and safety feature from the Explorer's arsenal as standard, plus upgraded interior upholstery and trim that just adds to the Explorer's already high-quality cabin. Revised suspension tuning for greater comfort should also further the Explorer's credentials as an upscale and refined three-row crossover. Despite its many updates, though, there are some drawbacks that went unaddressed. Even in a segment of relative automotive behemoths, the Explorer feels pretty big behind the steering wheel and can be harder to park and see out of. This is particularly noteworthy when you consider that many crossover rivals also have superior cargo space and more third-row legroom (along with the option for eight-passenger seating). In other words, it feels bigger despite actually being smaller. As such, it would be wise to consider its many competitors. For maximum cargo space, you'll want to check out the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse and its cousin, the 2016 GMC Acadia. A well-rounded option for efficiency and comfort is the 2016 Toyota Highlander. The redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot is definitely worth consideration as well, as it offers improved driving dynamics and a more spacious, versatile interior. Even alongside these strong competitors, though, the 2016 Ford Explorer is a more compelling offering than it recently has been. We recommend that you do some shopping around before making a decision, but the Explorer is a vehicle to keep on your short list.

Having a hard time finding the perfect family-friendly SUV? The 2016 Ford Explorer might have what you're looking for. After significant updates this year it's once again at the top of the class thanks to high-tech features, a comfortable ride and plenty of passenger space. Read on for more details.

For 2016, the Ford Explorer receives a variety of changes and updates. These include refreshed exterior styling, minor interior revisions, updated safety features, revised suspension tuning and a new top-end trim level (the Platinum). There's also a new engine option, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that replaces the previous, less powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The old four-cylinder couldn't be paired with all-wheel drive, but the 2.3 can be.



2016 Ford Explorer Reviews From Owners
(50 Reviews)

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By Diann Eve

on Sep/11/16

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Grannies ride

If shopping on line verify color and price before going to test drive. Also, availablity.

By Joe Pifko

on Sep/09/16

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Love my Explorer

Great SUV! Love the 3rd row seat. Go Galphin

By Michael Dobbs

on Jul/30/16

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Excellent Sport!

Great buy! Comfy, stylish, great ride, get one.

By JoeCool

on Jul/13/16

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Great SUV!

I can't say enough about how impressed I am with this vehicle. Drives and rides as good or better than anything else out there. Acceleration is good and handling is superb. I am more than satisfied with this vehicle.

By Al Gordon

on May/24/16

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By Skhaas@roadrunner.com

on Feb/08/16

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By Tony Moon

on Jan/26/16

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Over all its great vehicle

None

By Gabriel Gonzalez

on Nov/12/15

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Wife's SUV

Power and ride comfort are pretty good as acceleration lags a bit. We hadn't brought a new car in 10 years so we are very impressed with the technology in this Explorer. I drive it on the weekends and really like it. Only downside is fuel economy, not as good as I had hoped. If you can afford it, go for one with ecoboost. It's been over a year now, and we are still enjoying the Explorer with no repairs or "adjustments" that are sometimes common with new vehicles.

By SURESH PERSAD

on Mar/01/17

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Very nasty smell in cab whenever i accelerate

I purchase the 2016 ford explore about six months ago. From the very first day I drove the vehicle out off the dealership. I got this very strong nasty odor inside the cab, I taught that the smell would go away but it never did. I took the vehicle two months afterwards to the dealer and left it over night, I was told that the mechanic took the vehicle out three times but did not smell any thing. That not true, because there is definitely a nasty carbon dioxide smell when ever I an driving and I step down on the gas pedal. the smell is so bad and dangerous that I have to let down all four windows to get the smell out, I called the ford dealer two times about this problem that I am having with the explorer, I was basically I was told to take back the vehicle to the dealer, and that ford was working on the problem, so if ford is aware of the problem and has not solved the problem as yet, why is the agent telling me to take the vehicle to the dealer, makes no sense, any how the agent said that Ford would notify me by mail when they find out what is causing the smell. I am not happy with the way Ford is handling this problem and, I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE HAVING THIS BAD ODOR IN THE CAB ACCORDING TO THE FORD EXPLORER REVIEWS.

By CaliMom

on Feb/18/17

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Don't buy a 2016 Explorer

I love the smooth and controlled ride of the Explorer but that is the end of my praise. I have owned this SUV for over a year and I'm so terribly disappointed. This vehicle is lacking in comfort and reliable electronics. The seat length of both front buckets and 2nd row bench are short, cramped and just all-around uncomfortable. Legroom is non-existant. I have 3 kids and a tall husband and this SUV is way too small for us. The 3rd row is tiny and hard to access. Cargo space is nice but robs the car from much needed leg room. The entire vehicle is just designed narrow and cramped. There is so little room that my purse ends up on the cargo mats daily, covered in dirty shoes. And the electronics... I often refer to my car as having a mind of its own because the horn randomly beeps at me for no reason (much to my teenage daughter's extreme mortification). The cargo hatch/door on back also refuses to close on occasion for no reason... and sometimes closes on my head while loading groceries. And... after one year, the door lock has broken on the passenger side, one of the backseat seat belts completely shattered just from tilting the seat forward, and the poorly placed and cheap USB port covers have broken off. Really??? Come on Ford. You can do better.

By Donovon Nichols

on Jan/30/17

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Better values out there.

I really wanted this truck. Test drove a few and loved it. Great ride, very roomy, and aggressive looks! Sparsely equipped until you've up into the sport and platinum packages. Ultimately bought a Chevy Traverse. Got heated seats, Sunroof, and remote start for less than the Explorer XLT would cost.

By Dan

on Jan/02/17

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Needs serious redesign of seats and interior space

I had a chance to drive 2016 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD for 9 days as a rental vehicle. Throughout the years I have owned, rented and test-driven almost all vehicle makes and models of cars from economy passenger cars to luxury sports sedans, SUV's and even pickup trucks.

Unfortunately I'm going to cross Ford Explorer off my shopping list and I cannot recommend it as a potential family vehicle even though I liked the previous Explorer I test-drove back in 2011-12.

It seems there are two vehicles within the Explorer. On one hand you have a vehicle with a very nice drivetrain: a capable relatively apt and powerful engine (this is just a sub 300 HP V6 mind you in a heavy vehicle); an intelligent 6 speeds transmission; and a very comfortably tuned suspension. We drove on freeways, mountain highways, uphills, downhills and engine and the tranmission coupled with Sports mode and steering-wheel mounted shifters enabled you to accomplish all the feats without much problem.
On the steeper hills though, regular Drive mode would behave more intelligently when going downhil, holding on the lesser gear and helping you brake with the engine. On the uphills, regular Drive mode would however tend to constantly upshift even when you would manually downshift. Once in the Sports mode, these problems would go away and the car would behave accordingly.

However there is the other part of Explorer and that other part unfornuately makes the Explorer not so much attractive. The faults I will list out are not new, but as have been already been pointed out by others in the reviews here.

Seat design/driver comfort
1) Terrible front seats with narrow hard bottoms, hard and high bottom bolsters.
2) Poor legroom area for the driver in width
3) The above 2 is accentuated with absolutely terribly designed foot rest area. The foot rest is very narrow, has a weird angle and also there is no space to rest your foot outward or stretch your foot outward. (And I was coming from just driving a Corolla and Camry).

Many people here pointed out that these issues might be experienced partly because of the driver height. But I'm a pretty short guy and I've experienced all these issues to a such degree that after about 30 mins of renting the car, I was complaining non-stop and had to tell my wife that I could not bear to drive it any longer. Even after I switched to the passenger front seat, the 1st issue was still bothering me there as well. I was ready to ditch the car and the only thing that stopped me was that I couldn't reach the rental agency and we were already far away from the pickup location.

My wife however was not bothered as much. This leads me to believe that this is not as much of the height issue as the female vs male issue. Females naturally don't mind seating with their legs close together whereas we males prefer to open our legs as wide as possible.

Only after putting some bath towels, we luckily had, in the center of seat and thus leveling the surface I was able to somehow mitigate issue 1.

Child seat
OK, so you would think that given how large the Explorer is and it's target audience it would do really well in child car seat accomodation department. I was really hoping that I could install my convertible seat in the most safe position possible - center seat facing rear. But I could not. I couldn't use the center position even for the front facing installation.

4) There is not that much space in the 2nd row seats as you would think, even with the short drivers and passengers
5) The mechanism for folding the seats in the center seat is so large and obstrusive that it conflicts with seat installation, both front and rear.
6) The same mechanism makes it hard to use latch installation even on the side seats especially in the rear installation.

Minor things
Now these things by themselves maybe minor but when coupled with the things above just add to the less the desirable portrait of the vehicle.

7) Car very loudly honks when you exit with the key and engine turned on and there is no way to turn the feature off. This proved extremely annoying and aggravating as you are trying to warm up the vehicle and it's interior and need to exit in and out of the car.

8) Multimedia and instrument screen controls are needlessly complicated. It took me awhile to literally figure out how to do even the simplest things such as browing the folder structure on the MP3 CD or to reset the trip odometer. There were absolutely no hints or labels on the controls to suggest that they would accomplish this or that feature.

9) Locking the car. Till the last day I could not figure out exactly how to easily lock the car by using touch feature. Sometimes I would have to touch it twice, sometimes I would have to hold my hand there for a couple seconds, sometimes it would refuse to lock altogether no matter what I did and I would have to use the remote.

10) Only one charge port upfront ???!!

By Jill P.

on Dec/22/16

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...after 9 months of owernship

I purchased my brand new Explorer in April of 2016. Here we are nine months later and despite loving my car I find it to be quite "buggy." First of all, the alignment was off since day one. Finally took it in to get looked at today and it's not covered by the warranty because I'm over the mileage limit – despite being an issue since purchase. In August, turned on the car and drove away. Within 50 feet I experienced a loss of power. The car stopped and I did all I could to move it to the side of the road instead of stopping directly in the middle. Dealer was great and knew what it was before even looking at it. They had a backlog of 2016 Explorers that needed the Throttle-body replaced. Luckily they had one in stock so I was only without my car for two days. Nothing else major has occurred. But small things, e.g. going in reverse the back-up camera comes on and then stays on for several miles, even when shutting the car off/on or I've had "Park Aide Fault" messages – in other words the sensors around the car that help me park weren't working. Then my Navigation wouldn't connect for about a day. The Sync wouldn't pair with my phone for a couple of hours. Also, it doesn't have enough cup holders or small storage areas. Despite all this, I love driving the car. It's very roomy and comfortable and will hopefully will serve us well when we start our new family. Although, I am nervous about the future and what major repairs may be in store for us.

By Jacob Tennessen

on Aug/08/16

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4,207 Miles in 14 Days.

I rented a 2016 XLT for a long road trip and enjoyed. Overall I would give the vehicle 4 stars for attractive redesign and decent road manners. The vehicle had alot of nice features for the price of that model. It was all wheel drive and averaged only 21 mpg, but with a heavy foot (avg 85mph on interstate). It held the road well at high interstate speeds. The six speed auto behaved well outside of the almost always wanting to downshift at the slightest hill. The best word to describe the feel of this SUV is "pudgy". It is thick...dash, pillars and body. It drives similarly...not fat like a truck based SUV but you can still feel the weight in its performance. I found myself looking for more power on occasion, but the V6 is a decent mover when pedal is mashed. Nitpicking small things annoyed me like the design of the steering wheel. You cant hold the bottom of the wheel and the buttons for the functions were numerous and difficult to discern by feel...you have to look down to find right button...not good. The cloth interior (Black) was actually pretty nice. Durable and easy to keep clean. I didn't miss the leather and sunroof, but I did miss the auto climate control and auto rear view mirror. I hated having to constantly adjust. The third row lays flat nicely and the depth of luggage area increases when seats are pulled up which comes in handy, but still, as with most midsized suv third rows, its pretty tight in the back for people and luggage when the seats are up and not easy to climb back to the back seat for an adult. Overall though I would rent again. If for no other reason than decent space and comfort.

By Tim Holt

on Apr/12/16

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2016 Ford Explorer Sport

Above the average price of an SUV. I love all the room the driver seat has, and power the sport has. I also love the rear seats that fold on their own. Too much to list.

By Dennis Sivells

on Jan/18/16

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Another Great Explorer

This is the third Explorer I have owned and is the best so far. I got a Limited which is loaded up and it has not disappointed me in any way. Love it!

Update: Now that I've owned this vehicle for a while I know all the good and bad. The vehicle is extremely comfortable and all the bells and whistles continue to work without any problems. I occasionally pull various trailers and even though this has a Class III hitch and trailer package, I feel it doesn't pull up to 5,000 pounds safely as advertised in the owners manual. It is just too much weight for this front wheel drive vehicle to pull safely. One interesting note: the third row back seat messed up on me while opening and closing it. The Ford dealer figured out the second row back seats need to be pulled forward just a bit before opening or closing the third row seating or that last row will "jump the track" and you'll have to go into the dealer to get it fixed. That is a design issue which Ford needs to address. The road noise can get a bit loud on Texas highways but nothing out of bounds.

I continue to love the vehicle overall.

Update: I've had this vehicle a year now and have had no problems at all. I am noticing the tires seem to be wearing out prematurely which is ridiculous considering how much new tires will cost. I absolutely love this vehicle for many reasons including I am constantly putting down the third row seating to make cargo room. It only takes a second to reconfigure the back end and we do it all the time. My wife loves this feature probably more than I do.

By Paul

on Sep/23/15

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Comfortable and silent cabin

Excellent handling and comfort. Better shift quality than other available competition.

By Tom Hueber

on Dec/27/16

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Do not buy Ford Explorer not worth the money

We’ve had older Honda’s over the years with no issues with them besides normal ware and tare when things “should” go wrong and we paid way less for these cars. So once we decide to give Ford a try and we spend a $30K on a car and get a newer car, all within a year of having a new $30,000 Ford Explorer with 20,000 miles on it we’ve a had a ton of problems with it since day 1. It’s pitiful a $30K car is made so cheap and is basically a [non-permissible content removed].
The first two weeks we had it the drive belt snapped in half while we were driving to Dayton. Within the next month both motors on windows broke and needed both motors replaced. Then we take it in to get brakes checked and they tell us all 4 rotors were rusted and had pits in them at like 28,000 miles, wow rust and pits in rotors already when the car is pretty much brand new. We’ve had the car looked at again prior to 36K warranty expiration for belts because it sounds so bad and loud and they supposedly say everything is ok but you watch one of these belts are going to break again. The leather seats in front are so horrible looking and look worn and wrinkled already and the heated seats barely work but it’s past the warranty and they wouldn’t do anything about it when we took it to Ford so we left as is. Then 2-3 weeks ago my passenger side door would not shut and a piece of the chrome handle fell off around the lock and we finally got the door to shut, went to open door the next day and the handle completely came off and lock fell off. I am surprised the whole door has not fell off the cheap ass thing. Really??? a 2 year old car where the handle completely falls off???? And now we are getting a $380 bill to replace all this shit in the door when Ford did not obviously put it together correctly in the first place. And it’s funny almost every ford has recall on their doors except of course the Explorer. This is so freakin ridiculous. Anyone know what we can do about the door issue with all the other recalls going on with all of their other cars??? Should we call Ford Corporate???
Once we fix the door, looks like we will be trading it in for a Honda Pilot and WILL NEVER BUY FORD AGAIN.

By Nicole

on Dec/06/16

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Turbo went out, causing smell of fire & smoke

I leased my 2016 Platinum in Oct 2015. March driving home on my commute, on a hwy I received an error that my off road traction had been turned off, didn't know that it was on, and looking at dial it wasn't on. Just moments after that error came up I began to smell something burning. I thought it was from outside in the air so wasn't too bothered. As I went another couple miles, now on city streets the smell got stronger and by the time I got home a few more streets away I was very worried. I got out and my car was smoking but not on fire. I had it towed to the dealership for service. For the first couple days they couldn't figure it out and had a Ford Engineer come out and investigate. They determined that the turbo had gone out, not sure if that was the real problem or just their way around something more severe. Problem fixed. Just a couple weeks ago my cross traffic and blind spot fault came up, and this was during Thanksgiving, so waited until after the holidays to call for service. During that time went in for work and came out at 5:30pm to find my vehicles side mirrors folded in, so got in my car and they wouldn't open up, I tried to open up my windows to manually push the driver side mirror out, and the window wouldn't open for both driver and passenger. It is so dark during this season, but still drove home. I do not recommend driving at all with no side mirrors for any amount of distance. This 40 miles home in the dark on a freeway was beyond stressful. As I exit the freeway, another fault comes up - tire pressure fault. I take it in the next morning without an appt. I had to rent a car for 2 days since they wouldn't cover it. They reset the codes and all is fine. I pick up and 3 hours later all the same errors and window and mirrors go back to acting up. I drop it off at service Saturday morning and no one is there. I talk to the Sales Manager and let him know what is going on and tell him I will not pay for a rental, and that Ford will be picking up the bill. He did not hesitate as I have 3 kids in the car. It is now Tuesday, and I haven't heard from service manager regarding my car being there. Not sure what is going on, but this really worries me that it is so easy for them to just reset the codes and not actually fix the problem. Overall I love everything about this vehicle, and hope that this does not continue after I purchase it.....extended warranty is in my future.

By Me

on Aug/09/16

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Great vehicle

Overall this is a great vehicle if you want the combination utility vehicle and general purpose car. I would have given it 5 stars, but I believe Ford could do better with acceleration and gas mileage, even with the tow package option. The navigation system is quality, but has difficulty learning voice pronunciation; could have used a better onboard GPS system. The ride is very smooth and the vehicle handles very well, even with significant water accumulation on the road, etc. Interior is well appointed, controls are well located and responsive. My purchase has the tow package and the 6 cyl. engine did extremely well pulling my utility trailer. Frankly, if they could improve the overall mileage on the 6 cyl. (when not towing), this will be an excellent all around choice. Personally, I am very pleased with my purchase so overall the car really ranks high in my opinion when compared to the others in this SUV slot.

By Adrian Salzer

on Jul/16/16

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Explorer as a Tow Vehicle

We have logged over 15,000 miles towing our 5,000lb Airstream and this car has been perfect for the job!

By Keith HB

on May/16/16

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Great vehicle, but very pricey.

This is an excellent SUV, and my purchase choice after detailed review of the competitors. Ford is excellent to deal with and the have produced a quality product with this vehicle.
Having realistic expectations of how an SUV will be after the initial purchase honeymoon has worn off is important, and you have to understand that you will not get the mileage (MPG) nor the ride comfort of a regular car (sedan). It is after all an SUV. The fuel economy is fair but I did not expect it to sip fuel either. The controls / instrumentation are complicated for those not accustomed to technical navigation through screens of available data, but it's also intuitive enough for the average user to get up and running fairly quickly.
The only negative is the price (but I knew this going in). $40K + for the decently equipped mid-size SUV is a lot of money and the price rockets as soon as you get into additional options.

By Stan Sala

on Mar/03/16

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Exploring with the new Explorer

Nice ride for a truck. Feels very comfortable and safe. Handles well. Took it to the snow and had no problems with the traction. Not happy with the location of the drink holder in the back seat. Easy to step on. Great navigation and wifi hook up. Good storage space and easy to navigate the seats. Good mileage for the size and weight, not happy with the size of the gas tank. The tank is too small.
Had problems with the fuel delivery system. Almost was in an accident as the vehicle would barely move due to a problem with the fuel delivery and monitor system. Took it in to Ford for repair. I think there has been a recall on it since.

By John D.

on Jan/14/16

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Love my 2016 Explorer XLT

Very comfortable, refined, and looks great. Only have 1000 miles on it so far, but it is performing excellently.

By Tom

on Dec/22/15

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Explorer continues to be #1 with my wife and me. W

This is our 4
5th Explorer with our 1st being bought the 1st year they came out. We continue to have great experience with the Explorer and look forward to the new one being just as reliable as the previous ones.

By Jill

on Oct/22/15

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OMG I love this car!

I have read many people saying the driver's seat is uncomfortable. I had the 1997 and 2000 Explorer - and this one is more comfortable for me. My seats even massage! I absolutely love this car. I just wish there was more cargo space in it....

Update more than 6 months later. Still love this car! It is so comfortable and drives like a dream. Love it!

By D Rivera

on Dec/12/16

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Transmission gave out

My husband bought us a 2016 Ford Explorer Sports edition....less than a year later, while driving it to work one morning, the car just stopped accelerating, after restarting the car, I drove fwd, then put the car in reverse, NOTHING. Had a tow truck take it straight to the dealership. A few hours later, got a call from the dealer stating the transmission had given out. Never getting a ford again! So disappointing.

By Wayne

on Aug/21/16

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Hands free lift gate is a menace

The hands free lift gate is very touchy. If your feet are just under the bumper & you are getting something out of the back, it can start to close on you. They state that it will stop if it feels there is something in the way, but way too much pressure must be placed against the gate for it to stop. Several of my friends have been bumped hard on the head. Also, once when I was opening my automatic garage door (my car was parked about 1 foot away from the door) the lift gate started to open even though no buttons in the car nor on the key fob (it was in my pocket & nothing bumped it) were pushed. The bottom of the gate was jammed against the door which made the garage door stop opening. The bottom of the gate was bent & I had to get it repaired at the body shop ($1,000). I decided to disconnect the sensor so it wouldn't work. It can still be operated using the remaining buttons.

By Jim Heffner

on Aug/03/16

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Faulty Cruise Control - Update-Lemon Law Replaced

Update: Florida Lemon Law Kicked In. It Was a Nightmare of a Process That Took Months and Months but the Vehicle was Eventually Replaced - Nov. 2016. Through to the End...Not One of the Numerous Contacts at Ford Ever Showed Any Concern for What They Put Us Through. The One Good Thing to Come of It Was That We Were Able to Acquire a New 2017 Model. Hoping For Better Luck with the New Replacement Vehicle.
Our first mistake was taking delivery of this vehicle with a known cruise control system and other supporting features failure. Led to believe it was a simple fix that was known on a number of other vehicles...and reprogramming was all that was needed. So not true. We're now back on our 9th, 10th+ visit to the dealership depending on how you look at things and yet now answers to a fix. Attempt on our part to bring Ford Corp. into the picture to help resolve the issue has only complicated matters and not provide one bit of feeling that they're really concerned and working to fix this ongoing problem. Less that 3k miles on the vehicle and many have been put on by the dealer and/or the back and forth to the dealership for service. A lot of talk but little action. They say they'll somehow make it right in the end for us...not sure what that means, but the air has long left our balloon after doing a significant amount of research on the vehicles that appealed to us and that met our needs, and after spending a whopping near $60k. All we can think about is...good thing we purchased out of pocket for the manufacturers extended 8yr warranty. Seems as if we might need it and hoping we're not dealing with this same nagging problem that far out.

By Micheal Livingston

on Jul/23/16

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Wrong purchase

Ruff ride and excessive noise inside cab of vehicle

By PAK

on Jul/23/16

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Road Trip

Lots of tech stuff to learn. Good road trip car. Would prefer a larger gas tank. turbo 6 cylinder the way to go for performance and still get acceptable gas milage.

By Dwane Swacina

on Jul/22/16

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Great Vehicle

The Sport has better road feel in the steering, the engine has fantastic power, the front seats are very confortable( I am 6'3"), the handling for the sport is very positive for an SUV(much better than my F-150) and as good as a sedan, the fit and finish inside is great. The only thing we think needs improvement is the instrument gauges, or lack of. I would like to see more gauges like in the F-150. Overall we think this is a great vehicle.

By James Alexander

on Jul/19/16

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By Tom Daly

on Jul/13/16

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2016 Needs New Throttle Body @ 8200mi

I find that the Explorer has too many creature comforts to list and talk about, but like some of the other customers on this site a faulty throttle body causes concern. The Ford has all the appointments that a Euro/Japanese Lux SUV would have at much lower price point. I got stuck with the vehicle in limp mode on a semi-busy road at rush hour with my two boys. Roadside Assistance was very impressive through the whole thing, but by reading blogs and comments on different forms I believe Ford should issue a formal recall for the throttle body. It was a one day fix and I think I am good now. I still would buy the car again based on the value / dollar spent ratio versus high end SUV competition. Love the new LED and LED fog lamps, it's almost like never having to drive in the dark. Brakes are a bit soft and feel challenged to come to a stop quickly. Sound is good and I have had many compliments on the vehicle looks. Some have even said, "nice range rover".

By Renee Clemetsen

on Jul/13/16

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I love my new Ford Explorer!

I bought a 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum trim SUV this past June and LOVE IT! There isn't a single option that this car doesn't have in it. The vehicle handles very well and is extremely comfortable to drive. My two daughters love it too (ages 8 & 10). They especially love having a console between their two captains chairs. The 3rd row seating is descent in size and comfort. The interior is luxurious and appealing. In terms of controls, everything I need is right at my finger tips. My previous SUV was a 2007 Mercedes GL450 and it was no where near as comfortable and did not have all of the extra features I have now in my new Ford. My Mercedes was also extremely expensive to maintain and repair. One impressive new feature I have now on my Ford is the park assist. It's amazing to watch the car literally park itself in either a parallel parking spot or back itself into a perpendicular spot with minimal effort on my part. I also love the key-less entry feature and push button ignition start. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a new luxury style SUV.

By Gregg Garland

on Jun/21/16

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3rd time could be a charm

This is my third explorer. This car is so comfortable and smooth it's incredible. I recently rented a Lincoln MKz and it was so quiet and smooth, I rate this Explorer about the same about of smooth quiet. The only issue I have is the push off. The immediate exceleration is awful, once you ramp up the car moves and you have to watch yourself. It's so smooth I forget how fast I'm actually moving. Seats are comfy, the whole family loves them. The entertainment right at your finger tips is a joy. Being able to listen to text messages and voice mail was an added plus. I will not text or read text or even talk on the phone and drive. This makes this a bit safer and easier to deal with.

By Esther

on Feb/10/16

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Midclass at a high class price

Love the car BUT the 2016 has less standard options than my 2014 Explorer. 2014 purchase price was the same but much more luxurious drive. I'm sorry we traded in the 2014 prematurely.

By Jim Ives

on Dec/12/15

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Loves this car conditionally

I went to the Explorer Limited after having a MKX. What I like about the Explorer is the light steering, the room with all the seats down, and the third power folding row seating. I have the two seat configuration in the 2nd row to allow for moving them back or forward for more legroom in the third row. I wish the auto fold didn't fold and tilt. I usually only want to fold the second row rather than tilting.
What I'm not pleased with is the short drivers seat, and the narrowness of the seat. Far more uncomfortable than the MKX. I'm not the smallest person, but not overly large either, and they feel like a kid's seat rather than an adult's seat. I think they are more suited to a lean person.
I am also not pleased with the power plugs. They are nicely placed, and I like the 110 plug in the front console. The problem is they aren't always on. They shut down not long after shutting down the car. When camping, I need an always on plug to recharge a lithium ion battery I have, which means I have to run the car for 3 hours to recharge it. This was not the case In my MKX.
I like the adjusting pedals as my wife has shorter legs than me, I like the 3 seat memory buttons, and the power tilt wheel. I also think the voice recognition has improved. The phone hang up button works much better than my MKX.
One last issue is the stereo. It is awe full. I bought the best one they had for the Explorer, and it has little bass and now high end definition. I know I was spoiled with the THX in the MKX, but this one is awful.
All in all, I like the car with just the few issues I show above. If they fix those items, I would buy another one.

By John

on Aug/08/16

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Throttle body

After buying this car only six months with 6500 miles on vacation 600 miles away from home we lost power on a busy road pulling out in traffic. After shutting the car off and restarting it after a few minutes it ran fine for a while and then same problems. Called the closet dealer to where I was vacationing, what a joke, service manager said he wouldn't be able to look at it for about four of days and did not have a car for me to use while my car was in the shop, went to another Ford dealer 10 miles further and they were very helpful. Andy Shaw Ford Thumbs up, Mountain Ford Thumbs down

By Rachael

on Mar/13/17

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THROTTLE BODY ISSUE

I have a lease with less than 6,000 miles on the vehicle. I was on a major highway with my 3 year old child when going from 80 mh the car just completely came to a complete stop. I was hysterical crying. The manager at the service dealer informed me shut the car off and restart the vehicle I did it multiple times till finally it started again, he informed me to try and drive it and or call the tow truck i called the tow truck and was informed over an hour wait. so i proceeded to drive to get off the major highway, the vehicle shut off another 5 times before getting off the major highway. The dealer had my vehicle for exactly 17 days waiting on the part. i was hoping it fell under the lemon law being its a lease. My service manager stated he can't guarantee it not happening again. I really am not comfortable driving this vehicle not knowing if this problem would occur while the road with my family.

By Tony Capitule

on Mar/28/16

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Great family SUV....Horrible My Ford Touch system!

We love everything about our Explorer Sport with the exception of the My Ford Touch Sync System. We originally gone one in Jan of 2016. Two weeks into having it, the the My Ford Touch system stopped working. We couldn't get the audio feature to turn on, including with pushing the power on/off button on the system. We calling the service dept, they had no idea what I was talking about and basically thought I was stupid because I didn't know how to turn the radio on. We needed to do three master resets of the My Ford Touch Sync System before it started working again. NOTE: when it's not working, voice recognition also doesn't work. Two weeks later it happened again. The audio feature generally turns on automatically. If you had the system turned off, you would just hit the power on/off button and the radio, bluetooth, etc would start playing. When it's acting up, nothing works and no buttons help except for doing the master reset multiple times.

We brought it back to the dealership where we purchased it and they said they've never seen this happen. Ultimately they gave us a new Explorer replacement. We've just hit approx 850 miles and now this new Explorer is also experiencing the same exact My Ford Touch Sync System issues....sooooo frustrating. The next time it happens, I'm going to bring it back to the dealership while it's malfunctioning so that they can see the problem and hopefully find a resolution as I don't want to swap this one out again. VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH MY FORD TOUCH!!!

By Glenn Porter

on Oct/23/15

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The Thrill of Driving an Explorer Sport

Wow, I love this car and I love working with my Ford dealership, Jim Burke Ford and Nicole Martinez, who helped me decide on the Sport over the rest of the Explorer lineup. This vehicle has passion for the road, even when there is no road because of the full time AWD and the off road settings, and it is better appointed than my previous Mercedes S class, and the cost of ownership is much lower. The Mercedes tuneup runs in the mid $450 range, the Explorer is $39.95 for its services and it is a lot more fun to drive. I tried out the Land Rover and the Lexus, but none of them have the styling and features this vehicle has, and the others are much more to maintain, and frankly, they are ugly in comparison to the new lines of my 2016.

By Nicole

on Dec/15/16

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FORD refuses to stand by their own vehicle

My husband and I bought a brand new 2016 Ford Explorer (which was in the showroom). This cost upwards towards $50,000. Less then two months later my roof started leaking and my center console had a puddle of water in it, electeonics were soaked, seats soaked and floor wet. Took it to the dealership and they claimed it was a pinched drain in the roof and the problem was fixed. Less then one week later I went to get in my car and it was soaking wet again. Took it back to the dealership and they stated they poured water from a hose on the car for "two hours". They took the headliner off and found the other drain pipe was NEVER installed from the factory. So now they poured water on the car for two hours while there was no drain pipe installed. Called the Ford manager of Ford (not the dealership) - his name is James - and he claims there is nothing they can do other then pay ONE lousy car payment and extend our warranty for 5 years ... this is funny because the warranty does not cover mold and mildew. I am highly allergic to mold and my 2.5 year old son is too. This allergy triggers my asthma. James did not seem to care and reall didn't seem to want to help in any way. We are now in contact with our lawyer. I will NEVER but a Ford product again and cannot believe the vehicle passed the factory inspection - how many more of these are out there? Now since it was a FACTORY defect, it somehow is now OUR headache. I will tell everyone I know to never buy a Ford.

By K Beaver

on Aug/26/16

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Second Explorer-same problem

This is our second Explorer. Bought the first one in July of 2014. Anytime you accelerated to pass a car or just sped up, there was a smell of exhaust fumes in the cabin. After many trips to the dealer and finally filing a complaint with Ford, they reacquired the vehicle in October of 2015 and we purchased a 2016 model. We were told that problem had been repaired on the 2016 model. That was not the truth. We are now going through the same process with a complaint. Not sure how this will turn out but will not have another Explorer. And that is really sad because we love everything about it with the exception of not being able to breathe when the cabin fills with exhaust fumes.

After several trips to have the problem repaired (and it wasn't), Ford cleared our complaint and stopped taking our calls. We finally bit the bullet and traded it in at a high loss for a Toyota Highlander. We love the Highlander and will NEVER purchase another Ford product!!

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Throttle replaced at 8,000 miles, all else great!

First - I do LOVE this car!! Every month when I make the payment, I tell myself that and really do mean it!! BUT. . . . . While vacationing and only at 8,000 miles when the car breaks down and I read that it happens to ALOT of these cars -- really disappointed!! Ford, you need to do something about this. Need to get a recall on this car. I was lucky - I was only in a 45 mph area when all of a sudden the lights come on and the car slows down -- I have time to pull over and take care of things, but I can only imagine if I was on the highway going 70 mph. The other 'issue' I have is the average MPG -- I only get an average of 19 MPG after 8,000 miles of highway and local driving.

By EngrCh1ck

on Jul/08/16

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Finally, the Platinum is here!

The Platinum trim, new for 2016, combines all the bells and whistles of the Limited with the power and excitement of the Sport. It adds some really high-end interior finishes and some handsome 20" wheels to the offerings of the Limited, and it truly is the definition of luxury. The ride and handling are superb, and the acceleration is smooth and exhilarating. It is REALLY fun to drive. After months of research, I chose this over other similar vehicles because it had exceptional power (365HP versus 290HP for most all competitors, which you can REALLY feel) and it has more total technology offerings than any of it's 2016 3rd row vehicle competitors--without escalating into the true luxury vehicle segment (like a Volvo or BMW). It's counterparts in 2016 lacked at least one (but usually many more) features such as adaptive cruise, pre-collision warnings, power-fold seats, lane keeping assist, parking assist, front camera, power-folding mirrors (with auto-fold), rain sensing wipers, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, intelligent access (based on proximity with key on your person), remote engine start, adjustable pedals, and door keypad entry. Yes, this is an expensive vehicle. But, it truly compares more with a higher-end model, like a Cadillac or Lincoln, than it does with it's true competitors (GMC, Toyota, etc.) in this segment. If you are looking for THE BEST 3rd row SUV for a great value (meaning, not luxury vehicle), this is it. If you just want the cheapest 3rd row SUV, then this is obviously not your market. But, if this is your market, or even if you're looking in the luxury market, this may just be the vehicle for you--unless other manufacturers make some pretty decent changes in 2017. I am thoroughly impressed and extremely happy with my purchase.

Update January 2017; 7700 miles: No major issues to report. I have had a problem with my front wipers--and had the dealer replace both the blades and the arms (at no cost). The driver side was especially bad. It would not make good contact with the windshield and would leave streaks and sections of water. It wasn't extreme, but it was directly in my field of vision when driving. I'm not 100% pleased, but it does appear to be improved upon installation of new arms. I may try some other brands of blades to see if it is just the OEM brand. I saw an Amazon review of a 2016 Explorer owner who bought the OEM replacement from Amazon, who also said his originals and the replacement streaked. So, I believe this is just a poorly designed part, and I will be trying the aftermarket brands. Other than that, I've had no problems, and I am still HIGHLY pleased with my Explorer.

By Jth

on Jul/08/16

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Throttle body issue

Do not buy this car unless they agree to change the Throttle body before you leave the lot. My 2016 shut down on me while I was making a turn into a busy highway. Thus could have been bad. Shame on you Ford for not issuing a recall. Now my rear AC is acting up. Strike 2. I have only made 3 car payments! I am disappointed.

By Lovecars

on Jun/21/16

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Poor Quality Ruins An Otherwise Good Product

I wanted to be among the first in my neighborhood to get the new 2016 Explorer and so I did. Now I will be among the first not to get another one as my lease is up soon. Here are the problems I've had which are driving my decision:check engine light goes on at 300 miles, take to dealership, they say it's fixed, then it goes back on again. Take it back to dealership, they get it to turn off, then it goes back on again. Now it has remained off. Side auto retract mirrors are a great idea, unfortunately they now creak like haunted house stairs when they retract. Power windows chatter when you press the down button. Dashboard periodically whistles and it's not the a/c, it's something else. Out of the clear blue, when you lock the door, the drivers seat moves to a fully reclined and fully lifted position, the mirrors move to a weird setting. Lastly, the seats suck. Very uncomfortable and cheap-feeling leather which is showing a lot of wear after only 25,000 miles. It feels like you are sitting on instead of in the seats. Very poor thigh support and I am only about 6 feet tall.

By K&M

on Jun/21/16

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Don't Explore this Explorer! Throttle Body Fail!

My wife, 6 year old daughter, and dog almost stranded because of throttle body failure at just over 8,000 miles with no warning. This thing is not safe nor reliable and will most certainly cause death or injury, and Ford already knows it's an issue but will not inform or warn you ahead of time. My wife was driving when the vehicle just shut down to an idle on the highway. Luckily it was early and traffic was minimal. The part is on backorder with no estimated time limit for repair. If you plan on traveling or exploring the great outdoors away from home, think again before purchasing the Ford Explorer. It is totally unacceptable for a brand new vehicle to be this unreliable and unpredictable to just shut down anywhere at any time without any warning. Very disappointed in choosing this vehicle I thought would be safe and reliable for my family. Now, even after it gets repaired, I cannot trust or take another chance with it and will be trading it in as soon as I can, even if it means going upside down.

By Gregg Miller

on Jan/23/16

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Daughter's 2016 vrs my 2013

We have a 2013 Explorer and LOVE IT. One of the best vehicles I have owned (hope it stays that way). This is our 3rd one. I have always found Ford seats to be the most comfortable in the whole industry. I have a bad back and so does my daughter. Congenital defect. We need perfectly flat back rest in any seats. My 2013 is so comfortable we both sit in to when our backs bother us, it is like therapy they are so good. My daughter bought a 2016 Explorer, same as mine. They did some "face lift" to it but basically the same vehicle. She and her husband love it in every way, except they RUINED The SEATS. They are so bad she cannot hardly drive the car. I cannot stand them. They have bulge in the back rest that will not go away. My power lumbar completely retracts and the seat back is flat. Her's will not do that. When the lumbar is retracted there is still a bulge. The dealer was going to offer to take the power lumbar out, but when they checked closer the seat itself was made different then mine and has a built in bulge to the backrest, the reason when you deflate or retract the lumbar it is still there punching you in the back. She has had to try and design a wedge pillow to try and get rid of this. My other daughters Fusion has power lumbar and it also fully retracts and it very comfortable. It also is a 2013. Mine and her's (2013 and 2016) are great in every other way. If the seat bulge is good for you, they are great SUV's. For the rest of us, Ford please fix the seats to what they were and have been for years, the best.



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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    112.8 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    198.3 Inches
  • WIDTH, MAX W/O MIRRORS
    90.2 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    71.0 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    7.8 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    4629 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    7
  • Front Leg Room
    42.9 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    61.5 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    39.5 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    61.0 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    21.0 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.65 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    all wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    245
  • Rear Tire Profile
    60



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front, Rear And Third Row
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers
  • Knee Airbags
    Passenger Only


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    9
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.5L Ti-VCT V6
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    18.6 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

Vehicle Performance

Sport EcoBoost / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.0 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.6 sec @ 96 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

Limited 2.3L EcoBoost / AWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.3 sec @ 84.5 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $23,222
  • Private Seller Price
    $25,200
  • Dealer Price
    $26,691
  • Original MSRP
    $35,400

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2016 Ford Explorer
JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

  • The rest

INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

2016 Ford Explorer Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    16 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    23 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Ford Explorer Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    2 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years

2016 Ford Explorer Key Factors

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Pros

  • High-tech features are plentiful and easy to use
  • Quiet and comfortable on the highway.
  • Turbocharged V6 engine delivers plentiful power
  • Cargo space is generous, even behind the third row

Cons

  • Feels bigger than it is behind the wheel
  • Legroom can be tight for third-row passengers.
  • Second-row seats aren't as accommodating for child seats


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2016 Ford Explorer True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,238$1,281$1,326$1,373$1,421$6,639
Maintenance$240$377$907$1,193$2,749$5,466
Repairs$0$0$152$362$529$1,043
Taxes & Fees$3,373$251$231$215$200$4,270
Financing$1,374$1,094$802$496$178$3,944
Depreciation$9,998$2,943$2,588$2,294$2,060$19,883
Fuel$2,130$2,194$2,260$2,328$2,398$11,310
True Cost To Own ®$18,353$8,140 $8,266$8,261 $9,535$52,555

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Ford Explorer NHTSA Service Bulletins

Date Complaint Filed: 10/18/2016

Component(s): ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ford explorer. while driving, there was a strong odor from the air conditioning unit. the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 12,000.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/01/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When driving at 65mph on interstate 287 the car did a slight jolt and then lost all power. the engine remained running, power steering and brakes still worked, but there was no acceleration. wrench light and check engine lights came on. luckily i was near an exit so i coasted to a halt off the interstate. i restarted the car, it drove at no more than 5mph to a safer spot. after sometime waiting for a tow truck i restarted the car, it worked this time but with a check engine light. i drove slowly and on county roads, back home. now in dealer to be fixed. i have read multiple examples of this problem on this website and generally. there is a clearly a major safety issue with these engines and it needs addressing at a wider level than simply each consumer.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/26/2016

Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 ford explorer. while driving various speeds on extended trips, exhaust fumes entered the cabin of the vehicle. the fumes made the contact feel nauseous to the point of passing out. when depressing on the accelerator pedal, the abnormal fume odor intensified. the dealer could not determine the cause of the failure. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 5,034.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/27/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES | STEERING

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On oct. 18 while operating at highway speed of 40 mph on hwy. 301 south in wilson nc and attempting to slow down to stop for the traffic stopped at the traffic light ahead the brake pedal and steering both did not function, i was unable to stop or steer the vehicle causing a rear-end collision to hit the vehicle in front of mine. my vehicle was towed to kenly ford later that day from the accident site where it was purchased, they ran checks and found no codes. all i know is the brakes and steering did not work.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/19/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

1st incident june 2016: during a busy school commute. on a very busy road, the vehicle lost power. would not accelerate past approx. 15 mph. towed to dealer and throttle body was replaced. 2nd incident oct. 18,2016: same exact problem as above, also on a busy street. potential for injury or loss of life was great in both of these circumstances. towed to dealer. was told that only the computer needed to be reset and the car is fine??!! i have no confidence in driving this vehicle at all! afraid for my family's safety!! *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 10/19/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Purchased the 2016 ford explorer and noticed strong exhaust fumes in the cabin. concerned about our health, went to the dealership and was told that ford would not do anything until the vehicle had 3,000 miles on it. researched “exhaust fumes in ford explorers” and discovered that “ford named in class action lawsuit over leak of carbon monoxide in passenger compartments of explorer vehicles”, angela sanchez-knutson vs. ford motor company. the lawsuit includes 2011-15 ford explorers. then went to the management with this information, was told that only 'some' explorers were affected so we asked them to replace the explorer with one that 'did not' have the exhaust fumes problem. was told it was not possible because the vehicle had been titled. demanded that the vehicle be repaired but after 6 attempts of which 2 were with the field service engineer, we were told that there is "no fix". good luck to us. after 6th attempt, the fumes are worse than ever.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/14/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I have owned a 2016 ford explorer xlt for approximately 10 months... during this time every time i excelerate there is a very strong burning smell. of coarse bringing it to the dealer did nothing. they told me may be a sticker on engine burning.... after 10 months the smell is still as strong as the first week.. i was even asked by a police officer who had pulled me over for a lisence plate cover, that my car smelled of marijuana! this all while having children and grand parents in the car!


Date Complaint Filed: 11/15/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Electronic throttle body replacement required. i was going 75mpg on a highway in ohio traveling to illinois. 2 of 3 lanes closed. car lost power going from 70-40 in seconds. luckily i was on a downhill and was able drift to the right far enough not to get hit. dangerous. i had gone to ford when i read about the other people with this issue back in august. they would not repair my throttle body unless i paid. "you have to wait until it breaks"


Date Complaint Filed: 10/21/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 ford explorer with approximately 9100 miles, i was pulling out onto a highway when the vehicle suddenly stopped in 50mph traffic. the wrench light, engine light, airbag light came on and i had to coast to the shoulder. towed to the dealer where it now sits. saw all of the complaints on carcomplaints.com and here and realized i have to get rid of this vehicle, no confidence in it now.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/24/2016

Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving with children present the car suddenly lost power and my wife could not accelerate. she had to drift over to the side of the road. the "wrench" light and check engine light came on the dash. after stopping the car and restarting she was able to get home but the car has almost no acceleration and kept shuddering. fortunately the roads were quite and there was no damage or injury. if she was on a busy road or highway it would have been very dangerous. car has around 7000 miles on the clock. *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 10/24/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I smell exhaust when passing someone on open road, or entering a freeway. i have called ford multiple times, and have an open case. they do not return my calls, i have taken my car to the dealer twice where they tell me its fixed it lasts about a week and the smell returns. i recently had it in the shop a second time and i smell the exhaust again. i am now calling them a third time due to this smell, but i am getting no where. this can not be safe for me to keep smelling this exhaust. this vehicle was purchased brand new, it was not a used vehicle.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/11/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My wife was driving our 2016 ford explorer that has 4900 miles on it. after making a right hand turn the car lost power, went into (limp mode) wrenches and check engine light came on. she made it to a parking lot and restarted the car which ran ok for another mile before it lost power again, restarted again with the same result. decided to have it towed to dealer. was diagnosed with an internal throttle body failure. was told by the dealer that the replaced throttle body was the same part number as the failed one. he was not sure if ford had modified the replacement part or not. you spend all this money on a new car and can't be sure if it will maintain power at highway speed. if ford has modified this part they should at least notify their customers and dealers to assure us drivers that the problem will not occur again.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/07/2016

Component(s): ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Was traveling on i-96 at 60-65 mph fairly heavy traffic in the left center lane. the wrench light and check in light came on and loss of acceleration. luckily was able to move to the left shoulder without incident. the engine was running very rough and i shut the engine off. the wrench light message gave a message to check manual. i started to call for roadside service and was on hold for a short amount of time. i hung up and tried to start the car as i was approximately a mile from the next exit. i was able to start the car. the wrench light was off but the check engine light remained on. i was able to get the car to accelerate normally and decided to try and get to the next exit. i was able to cross to the right lanes but the same thing happened and was not able to make it to the exit but at least i was on the right shoulder. my opinion is that this issue could be a big hazard. i was fortunate to have traffic that was light enough to allow me to maneuver but if this were to happen while making a left hand turn across traffic, heavy traffic or close following traffic this could have been a bad accident.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/19/2015

Component(s): EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE | SERVICE BRAKES | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Sept 31st - with 358 miles and less than owned for 24 hours all adaptive equipment failed, flashing abs failure loss of speed control. oct 1st – car taken to jclewis ford in savanah,ga, was called by the dealer approximately 3 hours later and was told to pick the car and the only problem was to realign and reset computer software. i took the car and drove 39 miles and we sustained a total repeat of the problems. at this point the dealership said they had no idea at point what was wrong or the cause of the problem, approximately five days later i was told the cause was the failure of the rear abs wheel sensor which they told me was replaced and also that they had driven the car for few days and it was now operational. i did pick up the car and again within a few miles we sustained the same failure with an added feature i backed out of my parking space and found that i had lost any ability to move forward and there was a severe grinding noise emanating from transmission, drove the back to dealer ship for the fourth time and was told that even though i was told that the ford dealer mechanic did not replace any parts as i was told. as of today sept 18th the car is still with the dealer and was told that in fact replaced the left abs wheel sensor but they said that in fact was not the problem and that it still existed. i was told that they were think it is being caused by some type of short in a wire harness but they still are awaiting parts. i have requested a meeting with a ford representative but i was told by the service manager that he could not arrange a meeting. i was told by a ford representative i believe detroit that i should look at the back of the owner’s manual for advice on the lemon law.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/22/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While i was sitting in the driver's seat of my rental (the vehicle running and in park), i pressed #2 of the numbered buttons, next to the lock controls, and the seat started moving by itself. the seat moved up and forward, while the steering wheel moved down. my legs started to get compressed by the steering wheel, while at the same time my knees were being forced into the plastic pieces under the steering column. my body was being forced against the steering wheel. i tried to stop the seat from moving by using my body to create a force but the seat would not stop. when the seat finally stopped, my legs were in pain and i could barely breathe from the steering wheel being against my chest. i panicked and didn't know what to do. my husband had to open the drivers side door and use the controls to get me free. i was afraid for my life, i could've been severely injured. if my husband were the one to press the button while he was sitting in the drivers seat, he would have broken bones. my rental provider never showed us the features of the vehicle, nor were there any written warning labels in clear sight on the inside of the vehicle. my husband informed me after the incident that the numbered buttons on the door are a memory function for the seat. it is now a strong fear of mine that if i were driving this vehicle, and i accidentally pressed this button (thinking i pressed the lock control),that i would be in a car accident. the design of this memory function is flawed and needs to be corrected immediately before someone gets severely injured or killed. i am also fearful that the rental company will rent this vehicle to someone else, because a larger person than myself, will undoubtedly be injured or killed. whether this is a factory preset or a function that had been programmed by a previous renter or the rental company, i am unaware, but it needs to be addressed.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/04/2015

Component(s): SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Purchased a new 2016 ford explorer xlt in august 2015. when vehicle was ready for pick up we noticed that the driver side middle row seat material was pulled away from the foam cushion. the selling dealer said they would put a warranty claim into ford to get the seat fixed. we received a call from dealer a few weeks later and said ford would fix the seat and take the vehicle to a dealer closer to our area to have it fixed under warranty. we took the vehicle to the dealer and the warranty person there would not even come out and look at it since we did not buy it there. i called the ford cs line and made a complaint. they called the dealer and asked them to look at the seat. we took the vehicle back to them and they took pictures and sent to ford for warranty approval. we received a call from cs and they said the pictures did not show any damage and no repairs would be made. i asked the cs person if i could send my pictures of the seat and they said ok. i sent pictures of the seat damage and ford went back and forth with me and even got a warranty rep involved. the bottom line is that the seat cushion is pulled away from the foam and it is damaged, ford did get back with me and said it is not damaged and they will not cover under warranty. my advice to anyone thinking about buying a ford product especially an explorer is not to. apparently quality control is not one of their main points. the vehicle only has 3550 miles on it and already the radio has quit working and the front end makes a clunking noise when i take off. wonder if that will be covered under warranty. very disappointed!


Date Complaint Filed: 12/31/2015

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Purchased 2016 ford explorer new. has 4567 miles on it. starting noticing a popping sound under foot floor board driver side whenever i first start the vehicle and move forward to about 7 miles per hour about two months after purchase. noise does not happen anytime after the first pop while driving, only when you first start the vehicle and move forward at about 7 mph. took to ford dealer to have the noise checked out they adjusted the front bridge link bolt as per tsb 15-0186 and said the noise was gone. i went to pick up the vehicle and as soon as i moved forward at about 7mph the popping noise came back. talked to service writer and he talked to someone else and they said that this was a normal noise and all 2106 explorers did this. they got another 2016 explorer like mine from the lot and sure enough it made the same popping noise right around 7 mph. i guess ford does not build quality products like advertised. hard to believe a $35,000.00 vehicle would make popping noises when new. my advice is "do not" but any ford products especially the explorer.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/19/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: YesNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Cooling fan caught on fire.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/10/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: YesNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Wife was driving car & stopped at traffic light , called me & said car filled with smoke & smelled burning , upon further investigation found cooling fan motor & fan shroud caught on fire


Date Complaint Filed: 02/05/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

1,400 miles 1.1 months, and got a extremely soon problem whit the radiator fan, noise on bearings don't stop. possibly the fan can stop working soon affecting temperature of engine https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=438269








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