The Ford Explorer wasn’t the first sport utility vehicle, but it hit on the right formula to become the best-selling SUV and help fuel the popularity of the class. Starting as a truck-based SUV, the Explorer continually added carlike features and refined ride quality. Eventually, sales took a hit thanks to increased competition and the Firestone tire failures, but they’ve been improving with the popularity of the current generation. The present Explorer is a four-door crossover. Other variations included the Explorer Sport Trac, which had a pickup bed, and the Explorer Sport, a name used on early two-door versions as well as a later performance offering. The Explorer’s architecture was also used for the Mercury Mountaineer, Lincoln Aviator and Mazda Navajo. A performance-tuned Explorer ST version is on the way, and a redesigned Explorer will debut in 2019 with an available hybrid electric drivetrain. It may also use a unitized rear-wheel-drive platform.
Large Family vehicles seat six or more occupants in three rows.
Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.