2017 Ford Explorer

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Ford Explorer. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Sport model's performance
  • Interior quality (Platinum trim)
  • Available turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Front-seat ergonomics
  • Handling and road manners

The Bad

  • Unremarkable styling
  • Access to cramped third row
  • Sticker price climbs easily
  • Driver's footwell is too narrow
  • Modest cargo space behind third row

Notable Features of the 2017 Ford Explorer

  • New Sport Appearance Package
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • V-6 engine standard
  • Turbo four-cylinder and turbo V-6 available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hands-free liftgate available

2017 Ford Explorer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Ford Explorer is a mid-size SUV with three rows of seats that can accommodate up to seven people. A 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard, and a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 are available. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are offered, and competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2017
A new Sport Appearance Package for the XLT trim level includes 20-inch gray wheels, black and gray exterior trim, and leather and suede seat trim, among other changes.
Significant Standard Features
  • 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED low-beam automatic headlights
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Roll stability control
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
Significant Available Features
  • 280-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder 
  • 365-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Navigation system
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Dual-panel moonroof
  • Second-row bucket seats
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Automated parking system
  • Sony premium stereo
  • Inflatable rear seat belts
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keep assist
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Ford Explorer is a mid-size SUV with three rows of seats that can accommodate up to seven people. A 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard, and a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 are available. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are offered, and competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

New for 2017
A new Sport Appearance Package for the XLT trim level includes 20-inch gray wheels, black and gray exterior trim, and leather and suede seat trim, among other changes.
Significant Standard Features
  • 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • LED low-beam automatic headlights
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Roll stability control
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
Significant Available Features
  • 280-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder 
  • 365-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Navigation system
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Dual-panel moonroof
  • Second-row bucket seats
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Automated parking system
  • Sony premium stereo
  • Inflatable rear seat belts
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keep assist

2017 Explorer Video

We spent a week outside Baltimore with "MotorWeek" to determine the best three-row SUV for 2016. Watch the video to find out how they did.

Latest 2017 Explorer Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Excellent vehicle all around

by RMT from Chatham, IL on October 6, 2018

Meets all around needs for my use. Rides great. Plenty of leg room and spacious third row seating. Also, excellent room when needing to use back for moving. Read full review

(5.0)

I absolutely LOVE my new ride!!

by Rikki from Ozark Arkansas on August 20, 2018

Morgan at Whitson Morgan Ozark made my car buying experience amazing! She was really helpful and understanding in every way possible! If I ever need another car salesman she is who i will use! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Ford Explorer currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Ford Explorer has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.*

Third-row access

A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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