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Ford Explorer Guide
Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the Ford Explorer. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the Ford Explorer.
The Ford Explorer is widely regarded as the catalyst that started America's love affair with the SUV back in the early 1990s. Certainly there were SUVs before the Explorer, but they were mostly utilitarian in nature. The Explorer was the first go-to SUV for the car-buying public. Throughout its life, the Ford Explorer has delivered versatility, a reasonable amount of comfort, affordability and, perhaps most importantly, more style than a station wagon or minivan. Discover the ins and outs on used Ford Explorers, available now in Carvana’s inventory.
Fuel-Efficient Four-Cylinder EngineWith the exception of the Sport model, every Explorer model comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. However, optional on all front-wheel-drive Explorers is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets a very respectable 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city/28 mpg highway).
Smooth RideWhen it comes to ride quality, the Explorer stacks up well compared to other SUVs in its segment. On the freeway, the Explorer provides a very smooth, comfortable ride for passengers that is also rather quiet.
Upscale Cabin AreaThough it’s not a luxury SUV, the Ford Explorer offers some bang for your buck with its well-appointed cabin area. The materials evoke a sense of luxury and refinement, which is supported by the comfort afforded when one takes a seat inside the Explorer, particularly upfront.
Cargo SpaceExplorer can get the job done if you plan on hauling around a bunch of gear, but compared to its rivals, it comes up a bit short. With a maximum cargo capacity of 80 cubic feet, the Explorer is less spacious than competitors such as the Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia.
Spaciousness For PassengersNot only is cargo space at more of a premium compared to other SUVs in its class, the Explorer is also a little short on space for passengers. The third row is essentially only suitable for small children, and the second row feels cramped as well, leaving little space to install rear-facing child safety seats.
Driving MechanicsThe Explorer handles securely enough, but one can’t help but notice the vehicle’s cumbersome nature and maneuverability, especially when measured against class rivals. Overall, the Explorer feels bigger than it really is behind the wheel.
Ford Explorer Reviews
4.7 OUT OF 5 (113 Reviews)