Vehicle Spotlight: The 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

For those who seek to enjoy the moment. Always unstoppable.

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Beauty that’s more than skin-deep.

The power and driving dynamics of a Ford Explorer come wrapped in an eye-catching design that boasts authentic comfort and style. And because it was built for our modern active lives, you can also expect an interior space for the kids, the dog, the sports equipment, camping gear and just about everything else you may need on the road to adventure.

Redesigned Exterior

The new 2018 Explorer has been purposefully designed to give it a fresh new look. The first thing you’ll notice is its dynamic new grille and distinct front and rear LED signature lighting. Step inside, and you’ll discover a refined interior with rich new colors. Plus, you can choose from five all-new wheel options to suit your style. So whether your adventures take you on- or off-road, Explorer has a presence that demands attention.

Redesigned Exterior

Refined Interior

A remarkable interior combines detail, design, carefully selected materials and accessibility, all at your fingertips. And that’s exactly how the Explorer was built.

Refined Interior

Signature Lighting

There are other advantages to looking good. LED lighting is more durable and longer-lasting than filament-based systems and up to 50 percent more energy-efficient. Also helping you to see clearer are Explorer’s fog lamps that help illuminate the road in misty or foggy conditions.

Seating for Up to Seven

The available PowerFold® third-row seat folds flat at the touch of a button for additional cargo room and a level load floor. In the upright position, it comfortably seats two passengers. Standard on Limited, Sport and Platinum.


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It’s time to gear up and get in the game. Explorer has the power and plenty more dynamic features designed to help you play hard and get out there far beyond the roads more traveled.

3.5L Ti-VCT V6 Engine

The 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) V6 delivers 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. With its variable control of valve cam timing, Ti-VCT can optimize performance across the entire low, mid and high ranges of the power band to match the driving conditions.

3.5L EcoBoost® Engine

Towing and Trailer Sway Control

Building on AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, the standard trailer sway control selectively brakes and adjusts engine power to maintain trailer control. The result is stability and control, even when towing large loads. When properly equipped the Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Class III Trailer Tow Package, required for towing, is available for the 3.5L TiVCT engine, and comes standard with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

Towing and Trailer Sway Control

Curve Control

Curve Control will slow you down as much as 10 mph in approximately one second when it senses that you’re going too fast for a particular curve. Employing throttle reduction and four-wheel braking, it’s always active in helping you maintain control around curves. Also, it functions on dry or wet pavement and is particularly useful when you’re entering or exiting freeway off- or on-ramps too fast. Curve Control, standard on all Explorer models, is an enhancement to AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control.

Curve Control

Six-Speed SelectShift®Automatic Transmission

Explorer comes standard with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. Available on Explorer Sport and Platinum are steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, so you can easily and quickly change gears.

wheel-mounted paddle shifters

Terrain Management System

 Come snow, gravel, sand or grass, you’ll be ready. The Terrain Management System has four settings for you to choose from depending on the road or path you travel.

Terrain Management System


Do what you want to do. And then some.

What do we mean by capable? Spacious seating, excellent cargo room, roof rail, and impressive towing to take you wherever and whenever adventure calls. Explorer also comes with the hands-free foot-activated liftgate, Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™, Hill Descent Control™, and a 180-degree camera with Split-View and Washer.

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Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System

The Terrain Management System is included with the available Intelligent 4WD System on Explorer, and lets you shift on the fly into one of four settings to match the terrain. So whether the journey takes you through mud, sand, gravel, grass or snow, you can get through it and carry on with confidence and control.


The Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped. The Class III Trailer Tow Package, required for towing, is available for the 3.5L TiVCT engine, and comes standard with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. It includes an engine oil cooler, wiring harness and tow hitch. The trailer sway control feature, integrated with standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control, detects trailer sway, automatically adjusts engine speed and applies braking to help counter it.

180-Degree Camera

The Front 180-Degree Camera with Split-View and Washer allows you to see 180 degrees in front of your vehicle. It also comes with a built-in washer to keep the lens debris and dirt free.

180-Degree Camera

Spacious Seating

The 2018 Ford Explorer can carry up to seven passengers. The second row features a 60/40 split-fold-flat bench and available bucket seats and console, while the third row has a 50/50 split folding seat with generous passenger space.

Spacious Seating

Cargo Space

The 2018 Ford Explorer delivers when you need configurable cargo space. With the second and third-row seats in the upright position, you have maximum seating plus 21 cubic feet of cargo space. With just the third-row seats folded, there is 43.8 cubic feet of total storage capacity. And with both the second- and third-row seats folded flat, Explorer provides up to 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space. What’s more, there’s a storage area in the floor for smaller items. For cargo space on demand, there is the available PowerFold® third-row seat, and the 50/50 split-folding seat folds flat at the touch of a button.

Cargo Space

Hands-Free, Foot-Activated Liftgate

The hands-free, foot-activated lift-gate makes it easy to access trunk space even when your hands are full.

Hands-Free, Foot-Activated Liftgate


Explorer makes it so easy.

The available Ford Safe & Smart® Package has features that do everything from alerting you to unintentional lane drifting to allowing you to set cruise control and select the speed and distance you want to maintain from the vehicle in front of you. It can also alert you to a potential collision with the vehicle ahead.  EXPLORER can also help keep you connected from almost anywhere with available SYNC®  3 as well as available SYNC® Connect powered by the FordPass™ App.

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SYNC® Connect with FordPass

With an available SYNC Connect-equipped vehicle, you can use FordPass to track your vehicle’s location and remotely access features such as start, lock and unlock, and vehicle status, including fuel level.* You can also schedule specific times to remotely start your vehicle so it’s ready to hit the road as soon as you are.

*SYNC Connect includes complimentary 5-year subscription for remote features excluding Wi-Fi hotspot, and starts with vehicle sale date. Subscription is subject to compatible 4G network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks may affect future functionality. Certain restrictions, 3rd-party terms, or message/data rates may apply.

SYNC® Connect with FordPass


SYNC® 3 is Ford’s easy-to-use, responsive voice-activated technology. Discover the system’s quick reactions to your conversational voice commands. Experience the smartphone-like touchscreen with impressive responsiveness. You’ll also find a sleek user-friendly interface to help you connect to and control your smartphone. Locate your favorite restaurants with simple destination entry via the optional navigation. SYNC® 3 is fast, smart and easy to use.

Sony® Premium Audio

Sony Premium Audio delivers sound quality that can be appreciated by musical novices and experts alike. The 12-speaker system comes standard on Explorer Limited and Sport packages. And for those who like to be really in tune, there’s the Premium 500-Watt Sound from Sony®with Clear Phase® and Live Acoustics™, that helps to reduce distortion and enhance sound presence. Standard on Explorer Platinum and available on Sport.

Sony® Premium Audio

Adaptive Cruise Control

Available adaptive cruise control lets you select the speed and distance you want to maintain from the vehicle in front of you. When traffic ahead slows down, you automatically slow down, and later resume the preset speed when traffic picks back up.
Adaptive Cruise Control

USB/Outlet Charging Options

You now have more options than ever when powering your devices. Explorer has up to four available smart-charging USB ports and an 110-volt outlet.

USB/Outlet Charging Options


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