With your baseline Ford Explorer trim-level, you’re already getting fantastic performance with a standard 3.5L Ti-VCT engine that churns out an muscular 295hp, 255 lb-ft. worth of torque, and an impressive 2267 kg maximum towing capacity! Of course, what’s great about the Explorer is the option to upgrade. Looking for better fuel consumption? A 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost engine is available for both baseline and XLT models and comes standard on the Limited trim level. If you want the best of both worlds, standard on the Explorer Sport is the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, delivering the power of the Ti-VCT along with the great fuel consumption of its namesake.
The 2018 Ford Explorer gives you the opportunity to upgrade and tailor different technologies to your particular driving preferences. While the base-model Explorer and XLT trims present the option to upgrade to Intelligent 4WD, this feature already comes standard on all trim levels above the Limited. If it’s greater peace of mind that you’re after, the XLT and Limited trims offer options to add the available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Adaptive Cruise Control, while both features come standard on Sport and Platinum-level trims.
Key Trim Features
|Standard engine||3.5L Ti-VCT||3.5L Ti-VCT||2.3L EcoBoost®I-4 engine||3.5L EcoBoost||3.5L EcoBoost|
|Blind Spot Information System (BLIS® with cross-traffic alert)||Not Available||Optional||Optional||Standard||Standard|
|Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision warning with brake support||Not Available||Optional||Optional||Standard||Standard|
|Audio System||Standard Audio System||Standard Audio System||Audio System from Sony® with 12 speakers and single-disc CD player||Premium 500 Sony® Audio System with Clear Phase® and Live Acoustics||Premium 500 Sony® Audio System with Clear Phase® and Live Acoustics|
|SYNC System||Standard||SYNC®3 + SYNC® Connect with Wi-Fi®Hotspot||SYNC®3 + SYNC® Connect with Wi-Fi®Hotspot||SYNC®3 + SYNC® Connect with Wi-Fi®Hotspot||SYNC®3 + SYNC® Connect with Wi-Fi®Hotspot|