2016 Ford Explorer

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$19,317–$39,729 Inventory Prices

Key Specs of the 2016 Ford Explorer

Explorer base trim shown

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

The good

  • Sport model's performance
  • Upgraded interior (Platinum)
  • Return to buttons (no more touch-panels)
  • Optional turbo 4-cylinder engine
  • Improved front-seat ergonomics
  • Handling and road manners

The bad

  • Styling changes are unremarkable
  • Access to cramped third row is difficult
  • Sticker price climbs easily
  • Redesigned footrest too narrow
  • Modest cargo space behind 3rd row
2016 Ford Explorer exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Ford Explorer

  • Seats 6 or 7 in three rows
  • New Platinum luxury model added
  • More powerful 2.3-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Available front and rear cameras with washers
  • Hands-free liftgate feature

2016 Ford Explorer Road Test

Bill Jackson

The field of SUVs with three rows of seats is crowded, so when automakers roll out redesigned models, they have to get it right or the competition will eat them for lunch. Ford's 2016 redesign of the Explorer is largely successful, having focused on a few areas that really needed improvement or outright replacement.

The 2016 Ford Explorer is pleasant to drive and offers an improved interior and engine option, but getting the most out of Ford's improvements will cost you.

The seven-seat Explorer's front end has been restyled, and there's a new turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine available; the previous turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder has been dropped. There's also a new high-end Platinum trim level in addition to the base, XLT, Limited and Sport trims. Those are the major changes for 2016, and you can compare the 2016 to the 2015 here.

The Explorer's competitors include the Toyota Highlander, the redesigned-for-2016 Honda Pilot, the Chevrolet Traverse and the Dodge Journey. Compare them here, though note that specs for the Pilot are not available as of this writing. The higher-priced Platinum trim competes with vehicles such as the GMC Acadia Denali and Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit.

I drove XLT, Limited and Sport versions of the Explorer, as well as all three available engines in the hills outside San Diego. I also saw an Explorer Platinum, but it was not available for road tests.

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Most comfortable car I have had.

by aquacak from Marshfield, WI 54449 on February 20, 2018

It is so comfortable. It heats up quickly on cold winter days, love the heated seat. The radio is excellent quality. I don't feel the bumps in the road. Read full review


Most comfortable car I have had.

by aquacak40 from Marshfield, WI 54449 on February 20, 2018

It is so comfortable. I had my second spine surgery thirteen months ago and the seats and car heat up quickly. Read full review

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