2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
18,939 Miles | Margate, FL
$25,495
est. $367/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Platinum

2018 Ford Explorer
39,662 Miles | West Palm Beach , FL
$34,495
est. $497/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport

2018 Ford Explorer
44,070 Miles | West Palm Beach , FL
$29,999
est. $432/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Base

2018 Ford Explorer
40,949 Miles | Norco, CA
$23,999
est. $346/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
35,622 Miles | Fontana, CA
$30,499
est. $440/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
31,712 Miles | Santa Ana, CA
$24,999
est. $360/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
28,061 Miles | Fontana, CA
$29,799
est. $430/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Platinum

2018 Ford Explorer
34,646 Miles | Montclair, CA
$36,699
est. $529/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Limited

2018 Ford Explorer
45,880 Miles | Online Only
$29,950
est. $432/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
22,568 Miles | Online Only
$33,500
est. $483/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
43,247 Miles | Phoenix, AZ
$30,998
est. $447/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
36,532 Miles | Greensboro, NC
$31,998
est. $461/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
28,627 Miles | Tucson, AZ
$30,998
est. $447/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Limited

2018 Ford Explorer
21,828 Miles | Fayetteville, NC
$37,998
est. $548/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport

2018 Ford Explorer
47,670 Miles | Online Only
$34,950
est. $504/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
33,200 Miles | Online Only
$33,950
est. $489/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
10,288 Miles | Online Only
$27,700
est. $399/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
60,222 Miles | Tampa, FL
$29,199
est. $421/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
56,454 Miles | Seattle, WA
$31,946
est. $460/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer
59,092 Miles | Sacramento, CA
$31,499
est. $454/mo

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2018 Ford Explorer Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2018 Ford Explorer - A pretty decent car

Nancy
Framingham, Massachusetts
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
Reliability wise good. Just long run maintenance is rigorous and pricey if you want to keep it for a long time. Had the brake booster check valve changed and brake booster hose assembly changed under warranty due to it having a vacuum leak. I owned it since July 2016 and only had to do regular maintenance on it. If you want to think long run, here's some things you need to know based on the 3.5L V6 naturally aspirated engine or turbo charged (Eco boost). The transmissions, regardless if it's the 6F50 (non Eco boost) or 6F55 (Eco boost) the fluid has to be changed every 30,000 miles if you want the transmission to last. The seals swell up once the fluid overheats (changing fluid will prevent the fluid from losing the additives that clean and cools the transmission) and the solenoids wil... (more)
Pros
Speed and cost.
Cons
Maintenance

2018 Ford Explorer - Solid family car

Heather
Pico Rivera, California
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
4.0
My husband and I were looking for a bigger car since we were welcoming our second child. We wanted a spacious car without purchasing a minivan. I really liked the build and design of the car. From the inside the car is very nice, with a big screen. The car has three rows, which makes the car spacious, but if you use the grow-with-me-type car seats, they take up a lot of room. Even though the car has three rows, we rarely use it, but it does make the trunk space even bigger. The drive of the car is nice and smooth for a bigger car, and makes driving super comfortable. The sound system is very nice, and the Bluetooth makes it super easy to connect with your phone, and the car has the option of android and apple car play. When it's hot outside, the AC system in the car is wonderful, and t... (more)
Story
I used the car during my baby shower, and it was super easy to put everything in the car.
Pros
Sleek design and a good size family car.
Cons
The car is not that spacious if you have big car seats.

2018 Ford Explorer Overview

Pros:

  • The infotainment system is functional and user-friendly.
  • Different powertrain options to choose from.
  • Quiet interior noise levels at higher speeds.

Cons:

  • Interior stylings are somewhat common.
  • Gas mileage is poor for certain powertrain options.
  • Not many new features.

Would we buy one? Maybe, if the price came down.

Vehicle Type: Four-door, three-row midsize SUV with seating for up to 7.

Price Range: Base trim starts at $32,985 MSRP, before options, going to $54,935.

A $995 destination charge is included in pricing.

Powertrain: 3.5-liter, V6 turbocharged engine making 290 horsepower and 255 pound-foot of torque, a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine creating 280 horsepower and 310 pound-foot of torque, and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine generating 365 horsepower and 350 pound-foot of torque.

A 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard with all-wheel drive available.

Competitors: Ford Flex, Dodge Durango, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, and Honda Pilot.


Overall Score: 7.9/10

Safety Features: 8/10

For 2018, the Ford Explorer base model on up comes with safety features including the MyKey driver monitoring system, stability control, a rearview camera, and airbags.

More advanced safety features can be found in higher-tiered trim levels and optional packages. Some advanced safety features available include pre-collision warning and braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Ford Explorer five out of five stars in crash tests and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave mixed ratings with an overall "Good" score.


Value: 7/10

There are five trim levels for the new Ford 2018 Explorer: Base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum.

The starting price for the Ford Explorer is $32,985 MSRP. The XLT pricing starts at $34,965 MSRP. For the Ford Explorer Limited, pricing starts at $43,035 MSRP. And the Sport and the Ford Explorer Platinum start at $46,895 and $54,885, respectively.

At a little under $47,000 MSRP, a loaded Explorer Sport is what we would choose if cost were no factor. The 3.5L turbocharged V6 that cranks out good power coupled with the sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, plus the rich Nirvana leather seats, make the Ford Explorer Sport a luxuriously comfortable SUV with enough positive driving dynamics worthy of the extra expense.


Tech Features: 8/10

New for 2018 Ford added a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot to the Explorer's infotainment system. The base Ford Explorer infotainment includes a 4.2-inch display, the MyKey monitoring system, a rearview camera, climate control, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port.

The Ford Explorer XLT and up trims add conveniences like remote start, rear parking sensors, and keyless entry.

The SYNC 3 system has an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a navigation system. For increased entertainment, a 12-speaker Sony premium audio system and satellite radio are available.


Practicality: 8/10

The headroom and legroom in the front and second-row seats are adequate with wiggle room for large people. Third-row seating is surprisingly decent. Cargo space is good at 81.7 cubic feet with all rear seats down. When just the third-row seat is down, space is 43.9 cubic feet. It stands equal with many segment rivals, but not as spacious as the Honda Pilot.

The Ford Explorer is low enough and accommodating for most people to enter and exit easily. The Limited on up get a hands-free power liftgate useful for heavy loads.


Styling & Design: 8/10

The Sport adds some black accents and new exterior colors and styles including a reworked grille. The heated and cooled front seats and quality leather upholstery throughout the interior of the Sport and Platinum are comfortable, as is the hand feel of the leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Features like a split moonroof enhance the luxury feel of the Explorer.

Overall, the exterior body style is fairly unchanged with few additional design elements for the 2018 model year.


Driving Experience: 9/10

At highway speeds, we noticed little body shake and the Explorer felt just as composed off-road. Overall handling is tight for the segment and we didn't feel any vibration or play at higher speeds.

Acceleration in the Ford Explorer is about equal with most rivals. If you need more speed, the Honda Pilot with a similar powertrain is a little faster.

The Terrain Management System allows for adjustment in different off-road conditions and the sport-tuned suspension helps with rough roads.


Fuel Efficiency: 7/10

Fuel economy is fair in the Explorer with the base 3.5-liter V6 setup. The Ford Explorer is on par with segment competitors like the Nissan Pathfinder for gas mileage and surpasses rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango when equipped with similar powertrains.

Expect an EPA estimated 17/24/20 MPG city/hwy/combined with the base 3.5L V6 powertrain and FWD drivetrain configuration while the AWD versions lose a city mile with the same engine.

The 2.3L FWD inline-four is estimated at 19/27/22 MPG city/hwy/combined, losing 1 city mile and 2 highway miles with the AWD drivetrain.

For the 3.5L twin-turbo powertrain with AWD, fuel economy declines to 16/22/19 MPG city/hwy/combined.