Today, Ford Explorer is among the most popular and attractive sports utility vehicles available in the showrooms. This amazing vehicle has been produced by Ford with top luxury features and facilities. It also delivers great handling and ride quality for the SUV. Ford is committed to continue good tradition with a new model which will be 2018 Ford Explorer. It comes with modest upgrades but enough to keep this popular SUV fresh.
For the 2018 model year Ford mixes with some options between the trims. Buyers will also love a new Sport Appearance Package that Ford offers with the XLT models. In addition to that it upgrades with new SYNC 3 infotainment system and adds option for running boards.
2018 Ford Explorer: Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Ford Explorer has unique approach to exterior design among family vehicles and does it in clever way. Sharp corner, clean edges mixed with rich textures in the front fascia and cladding give to this car good blend of sportiness and ruggedness.
Ford also makes the right move with new Sport Appearance Package which gives to buyer sports look but without need to spend more money for sports hardware. This package adds dark gray accents on the grille, mirror caps, 20-inch wheels, and rear bumper. There are also roof rails, black cladding and hood badge. Inside it brings gray leather upholstery and suede inserts.
As we mentioned earlier, the model also shifts to the SYNC 3 infotainment interface. It is optional on the base trim and standard on higher levels. This system is more responsive and intuitive than previously used MyFord Touch platform. It has upgraded voice recognition and touchscreen is manipulated with pinch and swipe gestures. System also receives automatic updates via WiFi.
The standard features include automatic LED headlight, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, air conditioning, rear privacy glass, rear view camera, full power accessories, etc. There is also cloth upholstery, rear climate controls, an 8-way power driver seat, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a 4.2 screen, an 8-speaker sound system, etc.
The XLT trim upgrades with unique trim inserts, improved brakes, LED headlights, parking sensors, a 10-way power driver seat and 6-way passenger seat, heated mirrors, satellite radio, etc.
Additional packages add to this trim dual zone climate control, a ten-way passenger seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-inch SYNC 3 interface, a 9-speaker sound system, mentioned Sport Appearance packages features, etc.
The Limited models include the most of mentioned as standard equipment and adds to that chrome exterior elements, 20 inch wheels, power adjustable pedals, ventilated front seats, heated middle row, heated power steering wheel, and more safety features.
The Explorer Limited has the most features of the Limited trim and also unique 20-inch wheels, unique exterior and interior inserts, a sport-oriented suspension, etc.
The top Platinum has all advanced safety features, unique satin chrome exterior, rear seat entertainment, a dual sunroof panel and more.
Ford has introduced all modern safety systems such as a 180-degree front camera, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, blind zone motoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic, adaptive cruise control, etc.
2018 Ford Explorer: Engine options
Ford will launch 2018 Ford Explorer with 3 drive trains. There will be 6-speed automatic transmission with AWD and front wheel drive as standard.
The Ford Explorer XLT will get the V-6 engine with 3.5-liter capacity and produce 290 hp with 255 lb-ft torque.
Option is a 2.3-liter turbocharged our-cylinder engine. It produces 280 hp and torque of 310 lb-ft.
The most powerful variant is a 3.5-liter turbo V-6. It develops 365 hp while torque reaches 350 lb-ft. Standard with this engine is all-wheel drive.
For the base engine fuel economy is 20 mpg and 19 mpg combined for FWD and AWD respectively. Mid engine option return 22 mpg combined with FWD and 21 mpg with AWD. Max power with turbocharged 3.5 liter engine comes at cost for 18 mpg combined fuel economy.
2018 Ford Explorer: Price range
The price range for the 2018 Ford Explorer starts from $31, 660. At the top of the food chain is AWD Platinum which costs $53, 235.