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2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Ford Explorer

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$12,410 — $28,230 USED
Sport Utility
6-7 Seats
18-20 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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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
2015 Ford Explorer exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Ford Explorer
  • New Appearance Package for XLT models
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels now standard
  • Seats six or seven
  • Inflatable rear seat belts available
  • Terrain Management system available
  • 365-hp Explorer Sport

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2015 Ford Explorer Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2015 Ford Explorer?

The 2015 Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven and competes with the Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. It's offered in Base, XLT, Limited and Sport trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

What's New on the 2015 Ford Explorer?

The 2015 Ford Explorer now comes standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels in the Base trim, and the Explorer Sport has a Class III trailer hitch. An Appearance Package is now offered with the XLT trim that adds a dark gray grille and mirror caps, body-colored door handles, an Explorer hood badge, black cladding and 20-inch machined-aluminum wheels. Inside the vehicle are heated front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery with suede inserts, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, unique floor mats and the MyFord Touch multimedia system.

How Does the 2015 Ford Explorer Compare to Other Three-row SUVs?

The 2015 Explorer has more room in the third row than the Dodge Journey or Land Rover, as well as more overall passenger room than the Chevrolet Traverse and Nissan Pathfinder. While maximum cargo space is higher in the Chevrolet Traverse, the Explorer's power-folding third row folds flat into the floor, and the Traverse also offers similar performance and technology features. The Dodge Durango can be equipped with a powerful Hemi V-8 engine, and its V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission provide better fuel economy than the Explorer. The Nissan Pathfinder also offers stronger fuel economy as well as better handling.

What Features in the 2015 Ford Explorer Are Most Important?

The 2015 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and front-wheel drive. A 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is available; the Sport model comes with a 365-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. All trim levels come with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive can be added with the V-6 engine and includes Ford's Terrain Management System that adjusts the drivetrain to handle snow, mud, sand or pavement. The standard V-6 can tow up to 5,000 pounds, while the four-cylinder offers 2,000 pounds of towing capacity.

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, cloth upholstery, seating for seven, a 50/50-split folding third row, air conditioning and a CD stereo system with MP3 jack. Available features include 20-inch wheels, power liftgate, power moonroof, heated mirrors, MyFord Touch touchscreen, navigation system, LCD gauge screens, a Sony premium stereo, heated and cooled front seats, leather seats, power-folding third-row seats and second-row captain's chairs that reduce the seating to six.

As required in all new cars, the Explorer includes front airbags, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes. Standard safety features include side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats, roll stability control and Curve Control. A backup camera, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning are all available.

Should I Buy the 2015 Ford Explorer?

Drivers who value plenty of cargo room behind the third row, extra headroom and strong National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety scores will appreciate the Ford Explorer. In addition, the four-cylinder engine offers competitive fuel economy, while the Explorer Sport is a good option for performance-focused SUV buyers. However, the available MyFord Touch system could be easier to use, and the thick A-pillars reduce forward visibility. A cramped second row may be a challenge for taller passengers, and the third row is difficult to access.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Very nice vehicle

by Willbtrue from Saginaw, MI on June 5, 2021

I swore all of my life I would never buy a Ford. Once I brought my F150 Harley, I loved it. Which made me eager to but this Explorer for my wife and daughter. We are now a FORD FAMILY. Read full review


Smooth reliable comfortable suv

by Chrisroc415 from Bethlehem PA on April 15, 2021

It drives really smooth & easy maneuverable vehicle,JAZZ SINGH STAR AUTO HELPED ME PICK IT OUT & it drives great,I’m so pleased on my purchase I’m glad I decided on the Ford Explorer Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2015 Ford Explorer currently has 6 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Ford Explorer Base

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.


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

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles Blue Certified: Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 120,000 miles Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Gold Certified: 12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.

  • Powertrain

    Gold Certified: 7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Gold Certified 172-point inspection Blue Certified 139-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Gold Certified: Yes (24/7 for 7 years) Blue Certified: Yes (24/7 for 90 days)

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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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