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.
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