2015 Ford Explorer Overview
2015 Ford Explorer Exterior
The 2015 Ford Explorer boasts a commanding yet inviting presence. Though no longer quite as rugged as in the past, softer lines and tailored good looks more than make up for it. It features a tall body, big glass areas, and a three-bar grille peg that make it instantly recognizable as a Ford, as well as some sharp angles and straight lines that remind onlookers the Explorer still means business.
2015 Ford Explorer Performance
The standard engine on the 2015 Ford Explorer is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, which is not only responsive but also more powerful—on paper, anyway—than the outgoing V8. Ford also offers a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder producing 240 hp and 270 lb-ft for better fuel economy, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque for maximum power, though only on AWD models. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
2015 Ford Explorer Efficiency
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is the 2015 Ford Explorer’s most efficient engine thanks to smaller displacement, direct injection, and variable cam timing. It’ll do 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city/18 mpg highway). The 3.5-liter V6 will do 20 mpg combined (17/24) with FWD and 19 mpg combined (17/23) with AWD, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will do 18 mpg combined (16/22).
2015 Ford Explorer Interior
The 2015 Ford Explorer offers hefty amounts of interior room, especially for passengers. It never feels tight on headroom or cargo space and comes with power-operated fold-away third-row seats if large objects need to be hauled around. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with soft cushions and side bolstering just where you want them, as well as heating controls for colder days.
2015 Ford Explorer Safety
The 2015 Ford Explorer comes standard with stability control, trailer-sway control, a rearview camera, and offers great outward visibility. It earned top scores in crash tests by both the government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with a maximum five-star overall score from the former and a Top Safety Pick award from the latter.