2017 Ford Explorer
The 2017 Ford Explorer comes equipped with a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 280 horsepower. You can upgraded on to the higher trims to the 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine that makes 365 horsepower.
Aside from the powerful engines the Explorer has seating for up to 7 people and comes with an easy-to-use infotainment system. The Explorer is available as either a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. Maneuverability is lower than some of its rivals and the seats aren’t as comfortable as they should be. For this reason it ranks down the lower end of the midsized SUV class.
New for the 2017 model of the Ford Explorer is the SYNC 3 infotainment system which replaces the outdated MyFord Touch. This year’s model also comes with additional exterior options and some of the features on the trim levels have been reshuffled.
The Ford Explorer has two engine choices. The 2.3 liter and 3.5 liter EcoBoost. The two higher trims come with the larger engine. The 2.3 liter EcoBoost makes 285 horsepower and has fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The larger 3.5 liter engine has fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
While the seating leaves a little to be desired the drive inside the Explorer is quiet and smooth. If you venture of the road you’ll be able to upgrade to the all-wheel drive version with a terrain management system that allows you to select a number of driving modes depending on the terrain. the size of the Explorer is a problem and really limits maneuverability. It feels clunky and large when you’re trying to get around tight spots.
The Sport and Platinum trims come equipped with the larger engine which provides quick acceleration. The smaller engine isn’t quite up to speed and may struggle on steep slopes or at highway speeds.
The interior of the 2017 Ford Explorer base model leaves a lot to be desired and the more lush cabins are only available on the higher trims. Reveiwers say that the cabin design is uninspiring. The front seats have plenty of room but become uncomfortable on long rides. The second row and third row of seating lacks space with the third row of seating really only suitable for children.
On a more positive note the SYNC 3 infotainment system is a pleasant upgrade to the older MyFord Touch. It’s easier to use and comes with more intuitive controls. It comes with either a 6.5-inch or 8-inch touch screen which is responsive to user inputs.
The 2017 Ford Explorer has a starting price of $31,660 for the base model. The more powerful V6 engine is available on the Explorer Sport and the Explorer Platinum. They come at starting prices of $45,355 and $53,235 respectively.
The 2017 Ford Explorer ranks toward the bottom end of the midsized SUV class. The 2016 Honda Pilot features an elegant cabin and quiet ride, making it one of the best mid-sized SUVs on the market. The 2017 Nissan Murano and the 2016 Toyota Highlander have a cheaper base price and arguably come with more features.