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of the 2018 Ford Explorer. Base trim shown.

2018 Ford Explorer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Beautiful vehicle

by Hendo1983 from Sherwood Park, AB on October 19, 2018

We have only owned this vehicle for a few weeks but so far we are very pleased with our purchase. My only complaint & caution to other buyers is that the fuel tank is very small (70 litres I believe). ... Read full review

(5.0)

Sleekest car I?ve ever seen

by Rt32 from Roxbury,nj on October 19, 2018

This car has all the features and amenites i wanted and needed. The car rides very smoothly and handles incredibly!! I would highlt recomend any of the explorers. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Ford Explorer currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 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.*
* 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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