2019 Ford Explorer

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2019 Ford Explorer
2019 Ford Explorer

Key specs

Base trim shown.


The good:

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

The bad:

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

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Ford Explorer trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • V-6 engine standard
  • Turbo four-cylinder and turbo V-6 available
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity available
  • Hands-free power liftgate available

2019 Ford Explorer Review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Ford Explorer?

The Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven people. A 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard; a 280-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 are available. Front- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and all trims come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander. The Explorer has been redesigned for the 2020 model year.

What’s New on the 2019 Ford Explorer?

The XLT trim adds blind spot warning and a power liftgate. New packages for the XLT and Limited trims include 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps and leather upholstery, among other features.

What Features in the 2019 Ford Explorer Are Most Important?

The optional Safe and Smart Package includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights. An available Wi-Fi hot spot can support up to 10 devices to keep families entertained on road trips. The Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system remains one of the best in the business and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. An available power liftgate can be opened by waving a foot under the rear bumper.

Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Explorer?

The Explorer offers a lot of technology and is available in a variety of trims from basic to luxurious. This SUV handles and rides well, and the Sport model offers brisk performance. Drawbacks include a cramped third row with not much cargo space behind it. The Explorer is a solid overall choice, if not the latest and greatest in its class. But if you’re interested in the 2019 version, you may want to wait and see what the redesigned 2020 model has to offer; it’s slated to hit dealerships in summer 2019.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Follows the reliability of our other XLTs.

We’re sold on always purchasing the Ford Explorer XLT. This is our third Explorer. Satisfied with the most recent latest purchase. We’re having fun learning it’s features.


It is a great car and we love it

I have owned 7 Ford cars a pickups and wouldn’t own any other brand. I have bought 5 from this dealership and they have been great.


Love my Explorers x3

This is my 3rd Explorer. Very reliable, handles great, in all weather, roomy, even when packed for vacation or taking our german shepherds for a ride.

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