2018 Ford Explorer

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2018 Ford Explorer Ratings
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Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Midsize SUV of 2018

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2018 Ford Explorer after 90-days of ownership.
  • The vehicle's voice recognition and bluetooth
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2018 Ford Explorer during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Ease of getting in and out of the vehicle
  • Ease of folding/adjusting rear seats
  • Vehicle stability in poor conditions

Performance Specs

MPG City

16 - 19


22 - 27


280 - 365


6 speed, Automatic w/OD


Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6


Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2018 Ford Explorer Review

The Ford Explorer sets the standard for three-row crossover utility vehicles. Others try to match its stylish good looks up-to-date technology and unmistakable capability but there’s only one true Explorer. Choose from five models starting with the base Explorer and ending with the top-of-the-line Explorer Platinum. High-tech features abound in the Explorer. From the voice-activated Sync infotainment system to available driver-assist features like Adaptive Cruise Control to the available hands-free power liftgate it’s ready. As your adventures change the Explorer changes with them. Available Intelligent 4-Wheel Drive with Terrain Management lets you shift-on-the-fly into one of four settings to match your needs. Plus you really can take it all with you thanks to 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats. Or fold the second and third rows flat and you can pack in almost 82 cubic feet of gear. Choose from a variety of colors options and accessories and build an Explorer that’s all yours. The Ford Explorer… style and comfort for any adventure.
The Ford Explorer is loaded with technology. The available Sync 3 infotainment system lets you use your voice or steering-wheel-mounted controls to change radio stations make phone calls and more. Need directions? Voice-activated navigation is available and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link lets you know what traffic’s like on the way. Available SYNC Connect’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot lets you connect up to ten devices and the FordPass app lets you use your smartphone as a remote control for your Explorer. The Ford Explorer. Stay connected.
The Ford Explorer offers a number of driver-assist features to help you stay safe. The available Blind-Sport Information System lets you know when it’s safe to change lanes and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is available to help you back out of parking lots and driveways safely. Available adaptive cruise control maintains your speed when the road is clear and slows the car when it detects slower traffic ahead. When activated available rain-sensing wipers automatically clear your windshield. The Ford Explorer. Because safety is the ultimate luxury.
Towing off-roading and highway excursions are more exhilarating with the Ford Explorer’s available EcoBoost engines. Explorer Sport and Platinum models feature the exclusive twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. It produces best-in-class 365 hp plus 350 pound-feet of torque. You can dial up the action with available Intelligent 4-Wheel Drive with Terrain Management. It features settings to tackle everything from gravel and grass to mud and sand. Tow up to 5 000 pounds when you equip your V-6-powered Ford Explorer with the Class III Trailer Tow Package.

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