Premium Leather, Heated & Cooled Front Seats, Massaging Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Twin-Panel Sunroof, 8″ color LCD screen, Navigation, Enhanced Active Park Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping System, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), Hands-Free Foot-Activated Liftgate, 2nd Row Heated Bucket Seats With Power-Assist Fold Feature, PowerFold® 3rd-row seat, Rear view camera with washer, Remote Keyless Entry & Remote Start, Power-adjustable pedals with memory, Power-tilt/-telescoping Steering Wheel, 500-watt Audio System from Sony®, On-Board Wi-Fi, 20″ Aluminum Wheels with Tarnished Dark-Painted Pockets, Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™, 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters, 365-horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine, Class III Trailer Tow Package, Trailer Sway Control, Balance of Factory Warranty and only 22,700 kms
A family favorite and the country’s best-selling SUV for nearly three decades, the 7-passenger 2018 Ford Explorer offers a large interior, upscale design and all-wheel drive (AWD). Includes many advanced tech-based safety systems like active cruise control and a lane-keeping system which vibrates the steering wheel if you drift out of your lane. This year’s updates include available onboard Wi-Fi.
With so many SUVs starting to look and act like minivans, the new Explorer bucks that trend with an upscale design, rugged stance and big horsepower. Plus, it seats seven!
Need more “oomph”? When it comes to horsepower, the 7-passenger 2018 Ford Explorer SUV delivers at every level. The Platinum trim’s 365-horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine gives the Explorer excellent passing and pulling power, while its heavily weighted steering and taut suspension give this big SUV impressive cornering ability, especially the Platinum models with their 20-inch wheels. Ford has done an excellent job keeping road, engine and wind noise out of the cabin, and seating is both comfortable and supportive.
ENHANCED ACTIVE PARK ASSIST
This clever system allows the Explorer to practically park itself. It uses ultrasonic sensors to help parallel-park the SUV and park-out assist to help drivers pull out of parallel-parking spots. The system controls the steering wheel, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.
HANDSFREE POWER LIFTGATE
Standard on the Platinum trim level, this feature allows you to open the Explorer’s tailgate without dropping your Costco purchase and pulling the key fob from your pocket or purse. Just a wave of your foot under the SUV’s rear bumper opens or closes its hatch.
Interior – The Ford Explorer SUV for 2018 seats up to seven in its three rows, and the third row offers room for adults. Cargo space is generous. We’re happy Ford has moved to using actual buttons for most controls, and also like the digital screen integrated into the gauges. The infotainment touch screen is a large 8-inch unit, and Ford’s Sync 3 is easier to use than before and has become one of the more capable systems available.
Exterior – At first glance, the 2018 Ford Explorer bears a strong resemblance to a Land Rover Range Rover, pretty good company we’d say. Its standard LED low-beam headlights, grille and bumper give this mainstream SUV an upscale presence. It looks more expensive than it is. And its bulging hood, sculpted sides and flared wheelwells add musculature to the mix. No one will ever confuse the Explorer for a minivan. The Platinum trim levels dial up the chrome.
Autotrader Review: The Explorer Platinum packs one of the ritziest mainstream cabins you’ll likely encounter at this price range – which easily wows from a glance. There’s an upscale materials palette, numerous textures and colours and accents playing off of one another, and an abundance of embossing, stitching, and accenting designed to add further richness.
Then, there are little touches that surprise and delight by going an extra step.
Like all competitors, Explorer has four-wheel drive, though it also offers a relatively rare drive-mode selector. Twist the dial to tell Explorer what sort of driving is incoming, and various system calibrations are optimized to deliver extra traction and confidence. The drive modes are vastly different, and drivers will feel the Explorer’s personality change as they’re toggled. Use them whenever you can, especially the Snow mode. The modes work well.
Or, the central command system, which is excellent. It’s bright, vivid, instantly responsive, and highly logical. In moments, you’ll be flicking and swiping and manipulating the controls with Mark Saltzman-level prowess. The Bluetooth pairs in seconds, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay upscale your smartphone into the central screen, and the system is liquid smooth and responsive. In the Explorer Platinum, one of the best central command interfaces on the scene is at your service.
The instrument cluster is another delightful touch. It’s part analog, part digital, and fully customizable to show you exactly what you want to see, and little that you don’t. Modern and high-tech, the displays are framed nicely into the gauge cluster for a clean, finished look.
Or the back-up camera. Explorer goes a step further than average here, with a rare washer spray system that blasts the lens clean with a jet of washer fluid when requested, for a consistently clean image.
The Explorer is full of little touches like these, and you’re well covered if you like power, too.