• MSRP: $31,990–$53,940
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-20
  • Engine: 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 6-7
2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer Reviews

Vehicle Overview 
Two years after it underwent a major redo, the Ford Explorer gets some minor updates for 2018. The revised SUV goes on sale this fall.
Exterior
Not much changes on the outside. There are four new paint colors, five new wheel designs, new grilles and foglights. Out back, the Explorer Sport and Platinum get a quad exhaust when paired with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine for a racier look. 
 
Interior
Not much changes inside either, with the big news coming in the "things-you-can't-see" department. A new optional embedded hot spot can support up to 10 devices at once, and users can connect to the system from up to 50 feet outside the vehicle. The new Sync Connect function is also present, allowing people to operate the vehicle's systems using the FordPass smartphone app that can lock, unlock, start and locate the car via data connection.
 
Safety
For 2018, Ford is bundling some of the more popular safety features into a new Safe and Smart Package. The new package includes adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, blind spot warning, cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams and rain-sensing automatic wipers.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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