2018 Ford Explorer Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Ingot Silver
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MSRP
$28,554 - $44,537
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MPG (up to)
16 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
280-365
Seats
6-7

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.0Comfort 3.9Styling 4.1Value 3.4

What's New

For 2018 Ford has updated the new Explorer with five new wheel options, including four 20-inch designs. There’s also an available onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and Ford has created the Safe and Smart Package that includes all of the available tech-based safety systems like Adaptive Cruise Control and Cross Traffic Alert.

Ford Explorer Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $28,554 - $31,224
Horsepower: 280 hp - 290 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Back-Up Camera
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close icon Blind Spot Monitor
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chevronDown icon XLT $33,719 - $36,752
Horsepower: 280 hp - 290 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $33,087 - $36,162
Horsepower: 280 hp - 290 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Sport $37,233 - $40,442
Horsepower: 365 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Platinum $40,928 - $44,537
Horsepower: 365 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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Title: 2018 Ford Explorer is great for families!

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I love the fact that my Explorer is highly up to date with technology and I am able to access my iPhone though the Explorer computer system. I can pull up maps, and listen to iTunes hands free. The third row seating is wonderful since we just had a baby and all 4 kids can ride comfortably, and we are still capable to put bags and a stroller in the back. We did not go with the leather seats, and I do not mind- the upholstery is easy to clean. . . Although I would have preferred the leather in the long run. The only complaint I have would be all the additional options such as a sunroof or heated seats were in the higher packages. I would have loved to have had heated seats on all the options.

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Great for the traveler or the soccer mom.

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Size is great for a 4 person family, we do a lot of traveling and even with two car seats have plenty of space for luggage and passengers. Leather heated seats and steering wheel is great for the cool months of the upper Midwest winters, and easy to clean and care for. The gas mileage is about average for the size of the vehicle and engine. The front seats are multi positional and makes for a really comfortable drive. Navigation is included for the life of the vehicle which is wonderful when you do not have unlimited data to use a phone GPS, and includes easy navigation tools and shortcuts, my favorite especially when traveling is the nearest gas stations with price compare.

J G
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We own a beautiful Ford Explorer.

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My Ford Explorer is fully decked out for comfort and technically. It has heated seats and cool seats. It even has a heated steering wheel. It has duel controls for each. It has all the comfortable anyone would want for traveling. It has ambient lighting, which is awesome. It has a beautiful leather interior. We have three rows of seats and the middle seat are buckets. That is very handy with the grandkids. It has lots of safety features, which makes it a very safe vehicle. It has a wonderful, easy to use GPS system. We can also use our Alexis in our truck. We have owned several ford's and honestly wouldn't drive anything else. It is a very nice looking SUV. We love it.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$28,554 - $31,224
$33,719 - $36,752

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 - 290 (hp)
280 - 290 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L Ti, 3.5L TI, 2.3L I
3.5L Ti, 3.5L TI, 2.3L I
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Optional

Alarm

Alarm
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Not Available
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Standard
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Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Driver Restriction Features
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Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.9 (in.)
42.9 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.4 (in.)
41.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.5 (in.)
39.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
40.6 (in.)
40.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
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Not Available
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Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Optional
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Standard
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Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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Standard

CD Player

CD Player
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Not Available
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Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Optional

AC

AC
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Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
7
6 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Standard
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Optional

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
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Not Available
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Optional

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/60HR18
P255/50HR20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
112.8 (in.)
112.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.9 - 39.2 (ft.)
38.9 - 39.2 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
78.9 (in.)
78.9 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4443 - 4629 (.lbs)
4443 - 4629 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 (hp)
280 (hp)

Torque

Torque
310 (ft. lbs.)
310 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
2000 - 5000 (.lbs)
2000 - 5000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 - 500 (.lbs)
200 - 500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.6 (gal.)
18.6 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
20 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

City

City
17 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Standard
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Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Not Available
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Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
M
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Terrain Management System ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera w/Washer
  • Rear Parking Sensors *
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front Camera w/Washer
  • Active Park Assist Automated Parking Sensors
  • BLIS Blind Spot Sensor
  • Forward Collision Warning and Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Departure Warning *
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters, Pretensioners and 2 Rear Inflatable

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (1)

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Fuel System, Gasoline Nov 13, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 13, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V807000
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018 Ford Explorer vehicles equipped with 2.3L or 3.5L GTDI engine. Due to an assembly error, the fuel pressure sensor may leak fuel.
Consequence:
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel line assembly, free of charge. The recall began December 7, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S35.

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