2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 290 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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The Ford Explorer has been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control -- a more advanced version of electronic stability control -- is also a Ford exclusive. Ford's MyKey system helps parents manage the teen drivers in the family.

The Explorer also stands out for being one of the "greenest" choices available. Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot.

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What's New For 2017

The Ford Explorer remains essentially unchanged for 2017, save for a new Sport Appearance package that makes its debut this year. The new package includes exterior enhancements such as stylish grey wheels, a matching grey grill, black exterior cladding and grey leather interior.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2017 Ford Explorer

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera w/Washer
  • Entertainment Features
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • SYNC -inc: enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system, 911 Assist, 4.2" LCD screen in center stack, AppLink and 1 smart-charging multimedia USB port in the Media Hub, Note: SYNC AppLink lets you control some of your favorite compatible mobile apps w/your voice, It is compatible w/select smartphone platforms, Commands may vary by phone and AppLink software
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single-CD/MP3 Capable -inc: 6 speakers and speed-compensated volume
  • Exterior Features
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Gray Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low Beam Daytime Running Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • LED Brakelights
    • Wheels: 18" Painted Aluminum
    • Tires: P245/60R18 AS BSW
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
  • Interior Features
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Auxiliary Rear Heater and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power driver's seat w/power lumbar and manual recline, 4-way manual passenger manual passenger seat w/manual recline and 4-way adjustable driver and front-passenger head restraints
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Full Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 (FFV) -inc: Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) system is standard equipment for vehicles w/the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine shipped to Federal Emissions States or Cross Border State dealers and is only available w/a Federal emissions system, (FFV system not available w/code 422 and requires code 936 or 423 if applicable for California Emissions State dealer destinations).Cross border states include AZ, DC, ID, NH, NV, OH, VA, WV Not standard equipment in CA Emissions States.
    • Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic
    • 3.39 Non-Limited-Slip Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 6,160 lbs
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 58-Amp/Hr 650CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 175 Amp Alternator
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 80.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 43.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 21
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 650
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 175
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - 998-1
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/213
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 290 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 255 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 112.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 198.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 78.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 67
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 67
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 151.7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 61.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 57.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 40.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 61
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 56.8
    • Third Head Room (in) - 37.8
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 32
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 40.7
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 24
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.2
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Ford Explorer
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 300
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 44J
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.48
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.87
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.84
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.41
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.88
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.39
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4443
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2017 Ford Explorer Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Oxford White Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Shadow Black
  • Oxford White
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Shadow Black

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With its 113-inch wheelbase, the Ford Explorer is bigger than it’s ever been, about the same size now as the Chevy Traverse and Honda Pilot.

Explorer looks rugged, but that’s deceiving. In fact, it should be viewed as a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive family wagon. It’s not rough and tumble like it used to be, back in the day when it was body-on-frame, and had locking hubs and a low-range transfer case. With the right options, today it can tow 5000 pounds and seat seven people, but so can the Kia Sorento.

For 2016, Explorer got a light re-do, including smoother bodywork, nicer and quieter interior, new available engine, and Sync 3 infotainment system. For practical purposes the generation stretches back to 2011, when it went crossover.

For 2017, Explorer offers a new 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. Otherwise, it carries over unchanged.

Base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that’s used in many other Fords, from Flex to Fusion. It makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, and can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in about 8.5 seconds, using the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. It comes as front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is available on upper models.

A popular engine is the four-cylinder 2.3-liter turbo, available on some models and standard on Explorer Limited AWD. This EcoBoost four can be found in the Lincoln MKC and Ford Mustang, and in the Explorer makes 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It’s better than the V6 in every aspect, including the sound that comes from the tuned exhaust system.

The most powerful and most fun engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 making 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, in the Platinum and Sport AWD models. If they made an Explorer SHO it would have this engine. The Explorer Sport with this twin turbo V6 gets 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes and a stiffer chassis, but it’s still a long way from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

Naturally, fuel mileage for that engine is the lowest of the three, at an EPA-estimated 16 City, 22 Highway and 18 Combined miles per gallon. The base V6 doesn’t do much better, at 17/24/20 mpg, while the EcoBoost turbocharged four 19/28/22 mpg. It’s worth noting that many EcoBoost buyers complain that their mileage doesn’t match the EPA rating.

The Explorer earns five stars in its NHTSA crash rating in every category except rollover, but we can’t think of any tall SUV that gets five stars there. With the IIHS, the Explorer got top scores in the moderate-front overlap, side impact and roof strength tests, but only Marginal in the small-overlap crash test.

One feature that might enhance safety but doesn’t factor into crash ratings is the Explorer’s Curve Control within the stability control; it adapts throttle and brake to upcoming corners. Also standard is trailer sway control.


The Ford Explorer ($31,160) comes standard with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, air conditioning. Explorer XLT upgrades with 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, satellite radio, navigation, and 10-way power driver’s seat. Explorer Limited 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.

All-wheel drive is available for all trim levels, including Explorer XLT AWD ($35,775).

Explorer Limited AWD models get the 2.3-liter turbo engine. Explorer Sport and Platinum ($53,235) get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and come standard with all-wheel drive.


Explorer’s styling might be considered authoritarian, with sharp corners and clean edges, as well as a textured grille and a lot of cladding. It’s sixteen and a half feet long, and weighs from 4400 to 4900 pounds. It’s not exactly rugged, and it’s not much like what made the Explorer successful back in the day. Explorer Platinum models get LED lighting and distinctive trim that say more about today’s Explorer.


The cabin of the Ford Explorer ranks with those of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango in its handsomeness, even a bit more contemporary, with metallic plastic on the center stack. Ford says it wants the Explorer to be up there with Audi and BMW, and will keep improving until it is.

It’s got some room to go, namely in polishing the Sync 3 infotainment system. It was a huge step last year to get rid of the painful MyFord Touch system, but Sync 3 still isn’t a better alternative to Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. There are more real buttons than touch-screen functions, which is good.

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 visibility is good thanks to a high seating position, although there are over-the-shoulder blind spots thanks to thick rear pillars.

The front seats (heated on most models) are supportive and comfortable, with soft cushions, the right amount of bolstering, and high and soft armrests. The rear seats provide plenty of legroom, but they aren’t so comfortable. They could use more padding, the horizontal cushion is short and slanted awkwardly, and there’s not enough width in the center for an adult. Rear bucket seats are available, and they work better; your big SUV loses a seat, but it’s also easier to reach the third row. The dual-panel moonroof really opens things up.

The third row like so many is cramped for adults, but okay for kids, who (if you don’t have the rear buckets) 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.

Driving Impressions

The base V6 engine is quick enough from a standstill with your foot on the floor, but on a winding road requiring acceleration between the curves, the weak torque on the lower part of the powerband will have you flailing the shift lever. Most models have a sport mode, and its quicker throttle and shift responses help some; but without that sport mode, the shifts are slow. One really good thing is that the transmission will hold its lower gears when told. No paddle shifters here.

The 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo is way better. It not only gives sharper acceleration, it sounds sweeter, throaty, with amplified engine notes piped into the cabin. It’s got good low end and spurts away from corners. It loves sport mode. If you’re the least bit enthusiastic about driving, you need it.

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 (and it always has been). It’ll get you and six friends or family through the snow to a ski resort, and more important, back down off the icy mountain safely. The system has Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow modes, and electronically varies the throttle and braking to deliver the best traction. Rugged terrain is not its forte.


The Explorer has a lot of competition nowadays. We think the EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbo is the way to go, but research the fuel mileage issues first. We wish it were more off-roady, the 6-speed transmission had paddle shifters, the Sync 3 infotainment system were simpler, and the second-row seats more comfortable.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with driving impressions by The Car Connection staff.

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