2019 Ford Explorer SUV

City mpg:
17
EPA-Est Hwy6 mpg:
24

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2019 Ford Explorer SUV Overview

The standard features of the Ford Explorer Base include 3.5L V-6 290hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

2019 Ford
Explorer SUV

Starting at: $32,365

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    • Program #20978: Not all buyers will qualify. Ford Credit limited-term APR financing. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 04/01/2019. Not all Explorer models may qualify. See dealer for qualifications and complete details. Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.0% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 36 monthly payments of $27.78 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.9% APR for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $21.22 per $1000 financed. 1.9% APR for a term of 60 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $17.48 per $1000 financed. 3.9% APR for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $15.6 per $1000 financed. 4.9% APR for a term of 75 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $15.51 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - 911 Assist
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 198mm (7.8")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Smart device integration - AppLink
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 290hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.5mm x 86.7mm (3.64" x 3.41")
  • Compression ratio - 10.80 to 1
  • Curb weight - 2,015kg (4,443lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,794kg (6,160lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 907kg (2,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,037mm (198.3")
  • Exterior body width - 2,004mm (78.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,778mm (70.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,865mm (112.8")
  • Turning radius - 6.0m (19.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,090mm (42.9")
  • Rear legroom - 1,003mm (39.5")
  • 3rd row legroom - 813mm (32.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear headroom - 1,031mm (40.6")
  • 3rd row headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,443mm (56.8")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,034mm (40.7")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,562mm (61.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,549mm (61.0")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,290mm (50.8")
  • Passenger volume - 4,296L (151.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 595 L (21 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,285 L (81 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 290hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 20mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.6gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 24mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

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  MSRP1 Engine Transmission City/EPA-Est Hwy mpg
Base 2019 Ford Explorer SUV Base Search New $32,365   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
XLT 2019 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $34,400   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
2019 Ford Explorer SUV Search New $34,515   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
XLT 2019 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $36,550   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Limited 2019 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $42,765   280-hp 2.3L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
Limited 2019 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $44,915   280-hp 2.3L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 25  
Sport 2019 Ford Explorer SUV Sport Search New $46,625   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Platinum 2019 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum Search New $54,165   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The base Explorer V-6 is quick enough around town, but on a winding road under acceleration between the curves, there’s less torque at lower engine speeds. In this situation the Explorer demands constant downshifting of the transmission to find that torque, and the shifts are slow unless you’re in Sport mode, which most models have. That mode brings quicker shifts and throttle response. Paddle shifters aren’t available at all.

The 2.3-liter turbo-4 has sharper acceleration with good low end grunt, so it spurts away from corners. It loves Sport mode. It has a sweet sound: throaty, with amplified engine notes piped into the cabin. If you’re the least bit enthusiastic about driving, you need this engine.

The suspension uses MacPherson struts in front with an isolated subframe, and multi links in the rear, with anti-roll bars at both ends. The Sport gets a quicker steering rack, firmer suspension bits, and a strut tower brace with stiffer anti-roll bar in front.

The Explorer’s off-road capability is modest. Rugged terrain is not its forte. But it will get you and six friends or family through the snow to a ski resort, and back down off the icy mountain safely, an achievement maybe not so modest. The system has Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow modes, and electronically varies the throttle and braking to deliver the best traction.

Walk Around

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The revision in 2016 helped keep the Explorer from looking dated today, but its initial design did most of that, by being clean, classy and restrained, at a time when others were going all edgy and futuristic. The next Explorer will have a hard time doing as well, because who knows where design will go in the next decade?

From the shoulders up, the Explorer has timeless beauty for an SUV, with the most graceful pillars and roofline in the game. With tinted rear glass and the small roof spoiler, it flows like a hawk. There’s continuous cladding from the front to rear bumpers, over the wheel wells and under the doors, but it’s not ugly like most.

Interior Overview

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Ford wants the Explorer cabin to be up there with Audi and BMW, but there’s work to do. It’s at least as handsome as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, while being a bit more contemporary.

Ford fits most Explorers with a big touchscreen for its Sync 3 infotainment system, which is an improvement over its older setup—though we still prefer the simplicity of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

With tight door seals, engine mounts that absorb vibration, and acoustic glass all around (except for the Base), it’s soft and quiet in the cabin. Forward vision is good thanks to a high seating position, although there are over-the-shoulder blind spots thanks to those rear pillars.

The front seats (heated on most models) are supportive and comfortable, with soft cushions, the right amount of bolstering, and high soft armrests. The rear seats provide plenty of legroom but need more padding, since the seat cushion is somewhat short.

Rear bucket seats are available, which are more comfortable and open the access to the available third row. That reduces the seating capacity to six, but it’s a more convenient use that works for many.

The third row like so many is cramped for adults, but okay for kids, who climb back there over the forward-flipped second row. The third row folds forward, with available power, to create a vast 81 cubic feet for cargo with a floor that’s nearly flat. There’s still 21 cubic feet even with all rows up.

Summary

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There are few cars that are still contenders after nine years of the same design—especially not in a class with as many strong rivals as the mid-size SUV crossover niche. That the Explorer remains worthy says a lot.

Model Lineup

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The Explorer is available in base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum models.

The base Explorer ($31,990) comes standard with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine, front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, air conditioning. All-wheel drive is available for all models. Front-wheel drive is standard. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Explorer XLT ($34,020) and XLT AWD ($36,170) upgrade with 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, satellite radio, navigation, power liftgate, and 10-way power driver’s seat.

Explorer Limited ($42,090) features leather seating, 20-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row, power folding third row, 12-speaker Sony sound system. Limited AWD models come with the 2.3-liter turbo engine.

Explorer Sport ($45,950) and Platinum ($53,940) get the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 and all-wheel drive.

There’s a Sport Appearance Package for lower trims, rendering a more aggressive look with 20-inch wheels, a gray grille insert and black cladding, black roof rack, and gray leather seating with gray suede accents and contrast stitching.

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