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2014 Ford Explorer

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$13,063 — $25,875 USED
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Sport Utility
6-7 Seats
18-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Exhilarating performance in Explorer Sport
  • Headroom in all rows
  • Cargo room behind third row
  • Four-cylinder gas mileage
  • Crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Onerous MyFord Touch controls
  • Second-row legroom
  • Third-row access
  • Thick A-pillars restrict sight lines
2014 Ford Explorer exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Ford Explorer
  • Turbo four-cylinder or choice of V-6s
  • Seats six or seven
  • Optional inflatable rear seat belts
  • Available Terrain Management System
  • 365-hp Explorer Sport

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2014 Ford Explorer?

The 2014 Ford Explorer is an SUV with seating for up to seven. It's available in four trim levels including base, XLT, Limited and Sport. It competes against models like the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Most trims can be had with front- or four-wheel drive, while the Sport has four-wheel-drive standard.

What's New on the 2014 Ford Explorer?

For 2014, automatic headlights are now standard. Additionally, adaptive cruise control and second-row heated seats are newly available on the Limited trim.

How Does the 2014 Ford Explorer Compare with Other SUVs?

The seven-seat SUV segment is crowded, but the Explorer stands out thanks to its name recognition -- though it switched to a car-based design years ago and is now more refined than its truck-based forebear. The Traverse is a bit larger, and the Nissan Pathfinder delivers better gas mileage.

What Features in the 2014 Ford Explorer Are Most Important?

The 2014 Explorer is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 290 horsepower. There's also an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 240 hp. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, a 50/50-split folding third row, cloth upholstery, a CD stereo and air conditioning. Available amenities include 18-inch alloy wheels, MyFord Touch, heated and cooled front seats, a dual-panel moonroof, a Sony premium stereo and a navigation system.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and side curtain airbags. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert, a backup camera and inflatable rear seat belts.

Should I Buy the 2014 Ford Explorer?

With plenty of cargo space, noteworthy four-cylinder fuel economy and impressive safety scores, the 2014 Ford Explorer deserves a test drive.

Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2014 Ford Explorer Road Test

By Aaron Bragman

Ford's mild updates to the 2014 Explorer bring a more confident driving feel to the big SUV, but a weight problem and an underpowered b... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
143 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Good and reliable car

by WaheGuru from Denver CO on January 18, 2019

It’s nice. It wasn’t a good fit due to the size for me. I mainly drive in the city and it’s a struggle to park with suv’s Read full review

(5.0)

Have truly enjoyed driving this SUV.

by Gus from Providence Forge, Va on December 20, 2018

It was a solid - well made vehicle. I enjoyed driving this on long trips. I felt save and a good vision of traffic - ahead. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Ford Explorer currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Ford Explorer Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Explorer received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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