2015 Ford Explorer

Up to 17 MPG city / 24 MPG hwy
$30,700 - $43,100

Having moved to a unibody platform for its current generation, a new assembly home at the Chicago Assembly Plant, and now with numerous Land Rover cues incorporated into the exterior design, the Ford Explorer is nothing like its square SUV predecessors. The midsize crossover offers three rows and space for seven passengers, seven airbags, and nifty, optional inflating seatbelts for the second row. Newly available equipment includes a heated steering wheel and self-dimming HID headlights. A 3.5-liter V-6 putting out 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque is the base engine, hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Waiting in the wings is a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder making 240 hp and 270 lb-ft, also using a 6-speed auto but driving the front wheels only. The 6-cylinder achieves 17 city mpg and 23-24 highway mpg depending on drive layout. The smaller EcoBoost engine is EPA-certified for 20/28 mpg city/highway. For speed seekers, there's the Explorer Sport. Powered by a 365-hp, 350-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, the fastest Explorer rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels, sport-tuned suspension, and is EPA-rated for 16/22 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive. The Ford Explorer is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. See more... See Less

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Reviews and Ratings
Overall Rating
Pros Cons
Drivability - comfort & ease all around. Having trouble with sync and commands; still awaiting updates
Convenience of controls in steering wheel & dashboard Front roof supports are too wide, create blind spots
Comfort & room of interior Don't like seat movement when car shuts off
Smooth car-like ride for a truck / suv Gas mileage still needs to improve
Handling & stability, ease of driving and handling Removal of antenna for car wash is inconvenient.
Rear storage - good for moving large items Interior noise from roof: very loud when raining, tinny sound
Mileage - great for large truck Location of emergency blinkers-too sensitive
Storage - hockey / baseball, bass, easy to load & unload. Overall handling in wet weather - terrible compared to other vehicles i have owned
Technology - has just about everything you could want. The noise inside vehicle when wndows are down.
Small smooth engine, good power & miles for this size of suv. Controls for third seats - you can accidently push on them while loading back