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2018 Ford Explorer Overview

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The Ford Explorer is a well-loved nameplate in Ford’s lineup. The three-row SUV is a stylish, sophisticated family vehicle that everyone will enjoy.

The 2018 Ford Explorer is available in five trims: Explorer, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum.


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2018 Ford Explorer

What’s New for the 2018 Ford Explorer?

While the exterior stature of the Ford Explorer is largely unchanged for 2018, there are a few interior upgrades to make note of. For example, a 4G modem with high-speed Wi-Fi is now available on the Explorer, as well as remote start, stop, lock, unlock, and location services via the FordPass app.

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2018 Ford Explorer Exterior

The new Explorer holds a similar stance to the 2017 model year. It comes with standard 18-inch wheels, with options for 20-inch wheels on upper trim levels. The Explorer also offers LED tail lamps, LED fog lamps, LED low-beam headlamps.

The 2018 Ford Explorer is available in 10 exterior colors: Ruby Red, Magnetic, Ingot Silver, White Platinum, Oxford White, Shadow Black, Blue, Burgundy Velvet, Cinnamon Glaze, and Platinum Dune.

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Exterior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer

  • Dual chrome exhaust tips, Configurable daytime running lights, Black lower front and rear bumpers, Body-color liftgate spoiler, Black exterior mirrors, LED taillamps, Dark Foundry Gray grille with chrome bars, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, Black exterior door handles, Automatic LED low-beam headlamps

Exterior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer XLT
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  • Body-color door handles, Silver roof rack side rails, Foundry Gray grille with chrome bars, Chrome body-side cladding accent

Exterior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer Limited
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  • Body-color exterior mirrors, Bright silver grille painted with chrome bars, LED fog lamps, Chrome exterior door handles, 20-inch Premium luster nickel-painted aluminum wheels, Chrome roof rack side rails

Exterior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport
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  • Gloss Black exterior mirrors, High Gloss Black roof rack side rails, Black exterior door handles, LED tail lamps with unique Sport blackout treatment, High Gloss Black grille with High Gloss Black bars, Quad Chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, Unique EXPLORER badge on hood

Exterior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer Platinum
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  • LED tail lamps, 20-inch bright machined face wheels with tarnished dark painted pockets, Satin Chrome mirror cap, Unique grille with satin-chrome finish, Satin Chrome body-side cladding, Satin Chrome roof rack side rails, Standard Explorer badging, Satin Chrome exterior handles

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2018 Ford Explorer Performance

The Ford Explorer is well-equipped with a standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. The engine is paired to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, producing 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. The Limited comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine; paired to the same six-speed transmission, the engine produces 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. For the sportiest performance ratings, the well-named Sport, as well as the Platinum, is equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, producing 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

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2018 Ford Explorer Efficiency

Efficiency ratings correspond directly to your trim level’s choice of powertrain. The V6 engine earns an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The smaller 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine earns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the larger 3.5-liter EcoBoost earns 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

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2018 Ford Explorer Interior

This three-row SUV provides passenger and cargo space galore, as well as comfort and tech features to make the Explorer feel like a second home. An air filtration system alongside an available dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control system helps keep everyone comfortable, while luxury features on upper trims like perforated leather-trimmed seats, ambient lighting, and a heated steering wheel add a certain level of sophistication to the cabin.

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Interior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer

  • Interior: First-row center floor console with wrapped armrest and storage bin, Air filtration system, Cargo hooks, Leather-wrapped shift knob, Cloth seating surfaces, Manual single-zone climate control, Overhead console with dome/map lights and sunglasses holder
  • Radio and Technology: Cruise control, AM/FM/MP3 compatible system with six speakers, MyKey, Media hub with one smart charging USB port

Interior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer XLT
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  • Interior: Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Radio and Technology: SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start

Interior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer Limited
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  • Interior: Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, Heated steering wheel, Ambient lighting, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, Front and rear scuff plates with bright inserts, Climate controlled first-row seats, Perforated leather-trimmed first and second row seats
  • Radio and Technology: Wi-Fi hotspot, Voice-activated navigation system, Universal Garage Door Opener, Sony audio system with 12 speakers, SYNC Connect, Forward Sensing System, SYNC 3, Forward media bin with one smart charging USB and one 12-volt powerpoint

Interior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport
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  • Interior: Unique perforated leather-trimmed with red accent stitching heated seats, Ambient lighting
  • Radio and Technology: Intelligent 4WD, Terrain Management System

Interior features available on the 2018 Ford Explorer Platinum
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  • Interior: Ambient lighting, Leather seats with quilted inserts, Twin-panel moonroof, Power-adjustable pedals with memory
  • Radio and Technology: Intelligent 4WD, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Terrain Management System, Premium sound system from Sony with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with brake support, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist

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2018 Ford Explorer Safety

Safety features are incorporated into every Ford vehicle in an effort to reduce the risk of an accident. However, Ford still prepares their vehicles for the worst. In the event of an accident, the Explorer’s SOS Post-Crash Alert System helps to aid first responders by automatically unlocking the doors to grant them easy access.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Ford Explorer

  • Safety Canopy System
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Belt-Minder
  • Trailer sway control
  • Traction control
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System

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