The 2018 Ford Explorer is a beefy sport utility vehicle that hauls you, your whole crew, and all their stuff--with tech flair.
2018 Ford Explorer
Why Buy the Ford Explorer?
A little lean on creature comforts, the Ford Explorer's strength is in its brawny twin-turbo V6 and its abundant cargo space. The Explorer is a weekend warrior, hauling a large crew of up to seven and all their gear. This massive vehicle has more space behind the rear seats than any other three-row SUV on the market.
The Explorer is also abundantly safe, earning a perfect five-star overall safety score in government crash testing. Finally, the Ford has good tech, like the available SYNC 3 infotainment, the MyKey for teenage drivers, satellite radio, and more.
Can Explorers Go Off-Road?
Yes, front-wheel drive comes standard but four-wheel drive is available on any trim. On the two upper trims, all-wheel drive is standard, as well as hill descent control and Ford's Terrain Management System with four modes: Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Grass/Gravel/Snow.
Which Ford Explorer is Best?
You'll find five trims available on the Explorer: the Base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. The base trim gives you the SYNC infotainment interface, 4-inch color display, voice commands, Bluetooth, USB port, six speakers, cruise control, rear view camera and Ford's MyKey. But we recommend skipping the Base model and getting the XL, since it comes with satellite radio, rear parking sensors, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 6-way power-adjustable passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, door keypad access, proximity key, push-button start, and upgraded brakes.
Those wanting a sportier ride should jump right to the Explorer Sport, which boasts Ford's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, as well as standard all-wheel drive, hill descent control, sport-tuned suspension, a terrain management system, and upgraded towing package.
Can an Explorer Tow?
You bet the Explorer can tow. When properly equipped with the optional Class III towing package, it can pull up to 5,000 pounds, enough for a small hard-size RV or some recreational boats. The more affordable Class II package can still tow 3,000 pounds. Those interested in towing will like the Trailer Sway Control feature, which keeps the trailer steady on the road so you can worry about the actual driving.