It's hard to imagine a scenario that the 2018 Ford Explorer can't handle with confidence--capable, comfortable, and efficient, this full-size SUV is ready for action.
2018 Ford Explorer
Why Buy the 2018 Ford Explorer?
The 2018 Ford Explorer is a three-row, full-size crossover SUV that covers a wide range of prices and different configurations. At the entry level it can be a capable and affordable family hauler that comes with all the essentials, but at the other end of the spectrum it really does look and feel like an expensive luxury model. With the right wheels, trim, and paint job, the Explorer can also look sporty, modern, and even menacing. It's hard to think of a demographic of buyer that couldn't be attracted by the Ford Explorer in one of its many forms.
Whatever you want from a full-size crossover, the Ford Explorer can probably rise to the challenge. With that capability comes a commitment to safety as well. Every Explorer comes with a rearview camera, and almost every model can be equipped with the likes of forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, so the Ford is a at the forefront of safety features. The NHTSA backs this up by giving the 2018 Explorer a full five-star rating for overall safety. The IIHS isn't quite as forthcoming, but it still rates the Ford as "Good" in the majority of its tests.
Which Ford Explorer Should I Buy?
Deciding between the trims of the Explorer is likely going to be your biggest challenge, since choosing the Explorer itself seems a no-brainer. You'll have a choice between the Base Explorer, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum, each of which builds on the previous with more features. The base Explorer comes standard with climate and cruise control, the usual power features, steering-wheel audio and phone controls, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, Bluetooth streaming, and a 4.2-inch touchscreen. The XLT, which most buyers will likely choose, adds 18-inch wheels, satellite radio, keyless ignition, and a ten-way power driver's seat, but buyers who opt for the available Sport Appearance pack will transform it with 20-inch wheels, a black roof rack, gray leather seats with suede and accent stitching, and a gray grille.
At the top of the range there are two directions to go in. The Explorer Sport goes down the performance route with that twin-turbo V-6, all-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels and tires, sport suspension, and some black exterior trim. The Explorer Platinum is the luxury alternative with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings, a dual-pane moonroof, leather upholstery, woodgrain trim, automatic park assist, and a heated steering wheel. Of course, the Platinum also comes standard with the EcoBoost V-6 and all-wheel drive.
What Can a Ford Explorer Tow?
Any Ford Explorer can tow, but how much it can tow entirely depends on the engine and equipment. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine can tow up to 3,000 pounds on a trailer when equipped with the appropriate tow package, and the 3.5L V6 and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Is the Ford Explorer Front-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, or Four-Wheel Drive?
The Ford Explorer gives you three engines to choose from, all of which come standard with front-wheel drive. You can opt for the Ford's familiar 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6, which in tdevelops as much as 290 horsepower or the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four, which puts out an impressive 280 horsepower. The last of the three engines is the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which can only be found in the Sport and Platinum trims and puts 365 horsepower under the driver's foot. All-wheel drive is available, and comes standard with in the Sport and Platinum. 4WD is also an option on certain models, which will increase the towing capacity of your Explorer.