In comparison to what other larger three-row crossover SUVs offer, the new 2017 Ford Explorer falls a bit short in terms of space and versatility, but is still a solid pick for anyone looking for a hush highway ride, a strong turbocharged V6 engine, a plethora of high tech features, and relatively practical cargo space. Its release date should be expected somewhere in the middle of next year, if pundits’ reports on the industry are anything to go by.
You’re probably looking for a large three-row crossover SUV because you have a large family that needs to be hauled around conveniently. But even so, you’re still considering one that is thrifty at the pump, has ample towing capacity, and has decent road manners. Well, we’re to let you know that you can now put a period on your search as the new 2017 Ford Explorer meets every requirement above, and even more.
The new explorer gains several updates and new styling flourishes that differentiate it from the outgoing model. However, seasoned users will have to look long and hard to notice any. New technologies include a blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection and alert. Others include new xenon headlights, additional USB ports, and new tactile buttons.
Other features have simply been improved such as the base engine, the automated parking system, and the driver information display. But even with so many bells and whistles, the new explorer, just like many of its peers, is stained with foibles. These include the cramped third-row bench, and its massive size behind the wheel.
Therefore, you might want to check out what its competition offers before closing the deal. They include the “A” rated Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. The latter of the two offers a versatile and spacious interior, and improved driving dynamics. Others include the Chevrolet Traverse, and the GMC Acadia.
2017 Ford Explorer – Available Trims
Five trims – Sport, XLT, Base, Platinum and Limited – are offered for the large 2017 Ford Explorer SUV.
Exterior Review & 2017 Ford Explorer Interior Configurations
Standard features and equipment offered for the base model includes rear climate controls, a six-speaker sound system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a third-row 50/50-split seat, a rear privacy glass, LED taillights and foglights, xenon headlights, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, cruise control, roof rails, a CD player, a 4.2” driver information display, auxiliary audio inputs, Ford’s voice activated entertainment/phone interface, and a second-row 60/40-split seat.
Opting for the Explorer XLT gets you a six-way power front passenger seat, a keyless entry code pad, rear parking sensors, heated exterior mirrors, upgraded brakes, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and body-color door handles.
Equipment offered for the Explorer Limited includes heated second-row seats, a front-view camera, 20” wheels, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, a 110-V power outlet, power and heated adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, chrome exterior mirrors, an eight-way power passenger seat, a hands-free power liftgate, and HD radio.
The Explorer Sport, as the top-of-the-trim, model, adds unique interior and exterior trim color details, 20” wheels, power-adjustable pedals, adaptive cruise control, heated and adjustable steering wheel, a 110-V outlet, a front-view camera, a sport-tuned suspension system, a blind-spot camera, power-folding mirrors, and a hands-free power liftgate. This trim is also provided with the Sport Trac package but the details will be known on its release date, as no one really knows its contents.
Finally, the Explorer Titanium winds up the model lineup with a premium Sony audio system, an upgraded leather upholstery, a dual-panel sunroof, and LED foglights. It also offers all the features offered by the lower trims.
2017 Ford Explorer Engine Specs
Providing sufficient motivation is the base 3.6L V6 engine rated at 290 hp and 255 lbs. ft. of torque. The Ford’s Terrain Management System is also offered together with this mill. The fuel sipper of the entire engine lineup is the turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine under the hoods of the base, XLT, and Limited models.
The 2.3L engine is rated at 270 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque. EPA says the mill should be able to return 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the AWD, and 19/28/22 mpg with the FWD.
Finally, the Explorer Platinum and Sport models get a turbocharged 3.5L V6 rated at 350 pounds-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower.
2017 Ford Explorer Release Date & Price
The Explorer SUV will be offered with a window sticker displaying an “MSRP starting from $31,050.” It should be offered for sale sometime in the middle of 2017.