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The Explorer is offered in base, XLT and Limited models, but no matter the model, it comes with three well-designed rows of seating and room for up to seven (the second row comes with two bucket seats for adults). While the third row is kid-sized, it's easier to fold than those on just about any other model--thanks to the simple, single-button power-folding system. Parents will also note that LATCH fasteners for child seats are included in the second-row outboard positions. Both the second and third rows flip forward, there's a cavernous 81 cubic feet of cargo space.
With the EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, fuel economy is one of the best in this class: 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. There is one caveat for the EcoBoost engine--it's only available with front-wheel drive, so any shoppers looking for the all-weather security of 4-wheel drive will need to step up to the V6. The larger engine performs admirably however, with EPA ratings of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
The 4-wheel drive system in the Explorer is designed with the urban driving done by most Explorer owners in mind, and it includes a Terrain Management system that cleverly recalibrates the system for snow, sand or mud when needed. With 4-wheel drive, there's also Hill Descent Control, to help maintain composure on steep, slippery slopes.
Standard equipment on the Explorer is more extensive than what's found in most mainstream-brand vehicles. Cruise control, a media hub system, four 12-volt powerpoints, capless fuel-filling and the MyKey control/monitoring feature are all standard on the base model, while optional or standard models on the upper XLT or Limited trims include dual-zone climate control; remote start; power-folding, heated side-view mirrors; reverse sensing; ambient lighting, adjustable pedals, a rearview camera system, push-button start and a 110-volt AC outlet.
MyFord Touch, a touch-screen-based interface that combines a host of vehicle, information and entertainment functions in an interface that appears a bit like that of iPads or other tablet computers. The system works together with Ford's Sync interface to interact seamlessly--and with voice commands--with media players, smartphones and music on USB sticks.
All Explorers include both Roll Stability Control and Curve Control sophisticated stability control systems. Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags also cover all three rows and an SOS Post-Crash System helps alert authorities if the airbags deploy. Safety-related tech features on the Explorer include adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system that includes brake support as well as a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.
Excellent Ride Quality
World-class Safety Features
EcoBoost Engine Provides Good Mileage
The Ford Explorer is essentially unchanged for 2015. The Limited trim will offer optional adaptive cruise control and second-row heated seats.
The Ford Explorer has been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive. Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers.
The Explorer also stands out for being one of the "greenest" choices available. Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot.
Radio: Sony Audio System w/12-Speakers -inc: HD Radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio, Note: SiriusXM satellite radio includes 6 month prepaid subscription (48 contiguous states), Service not available in Alaska or Hawaii
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Auxiliary Rear Heater and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Perforated Leather-Trimmed Heated Bucket Seats -inc: Available w/unique insert, 10-way power driver seat w/power recline and lumbar, 6-way power front passenger seat w/manual recline and lumbar and 4-way driver and front-passenger head restraints (2-way when DVD headrest are ordered 50S)
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Full Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Remote Engine Start
SYNC w/MyFord Touch -inc: 2 driver configurable 4.2" color LCD displays in instrument cluster, 8" LCD color touch-screen in center stack, 2 USB ports, SD card reader, 5-way controls located on steering wheel, 911 assist, Vehicle Health Report (VHR) and SYNC services (traffic reports, GPS based turn-by-turn directions and information services), Note: SYNC services include a complimentary one year prepaid subscription (one phone/primary account)
Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
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