Ford Explorer Overview

Life is a sport, so gear up and get in the game. The Ford Explorer has plenty of dynamic features designed to help you play hard and go far beyond the road less traveled.

Powerful 2.3L EcoBoost Engine

A powerful 2.3L EcoBoost engine delivers 280 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. And it’s available with 4WD and the Class II Trailer Tow Package.

Standard 3.5L Ti-VCT Engine

The 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) delivers 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. With conventional valve timing, the intake and exhaust valves have to open and close at a fixed point, compromising performance. But Ti-VCT virtually eliminates this compromise. With its variable control of valve cam timing, Ti-VCT can optimize performance across the entire low, mid and high ranges of the power band to match the driving conditions. The 3.5L Ti-VCT also delivers excellent fuel efficiency with a Government of Canada-estimated rating of 13.9 L/100 km (20 mpg) city, 9.7 L/100 km (29 mpg) hwy, and 12.0 L/100 km (24 mpg) combined (FWD).

Six-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission

The Ford Explorer comes standard with a Six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, so you can easily and quickly change gears.

Curve Control

Curve Control will slow you down as much as 16 km/h in approximately one second when it senses that you’re going too fast for a particular curve. Employing throttle reduction and four-wheel braking, it’s always active in helping you maintain control around curves. Also, it can function on dry or wet pavement and is particularly useful when entering or exiting highway off or on-ramps with too much speed. Curve Control, standard on all Ford Explorer models, is an enhancement to AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.

Towing Capability

The Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg) when properly equipped. Power comes from its standard 3.5L Ti-VCT or available 3.5L EcoBoost. The available Class III Trailer Tow Package, required for maximum towing, includes an engine oil cooler, wiring harness and tow hitch. The Explorer offers features that make towing easy. The standard rear view camera provides a video image on the centre console screen of the area behind you, with screen guides that help you align your vehicle when hooking up a trailer. Hill start assist helps keep the vehicle from rolling backward when you’re on a slope or hill. The trailer sway control feature, integrated with standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, detects trailer sway, automatically adjusts engine speed and applies asymmetric braking to help counter it. A Class II tow package is also available with 2.3L engine (3,000 lbs/1,361 kg).

Available 3.5L EcoBoost

The 3.5L EcoBoost® combines turbocharging and direct injection. It generates best-in-class 365 horsepower, plus 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3.5L EcoBoost is standard in the Ford Explorer Sport and Platinum, which also feature standard Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System plus Hill Descent Control.

AdvanceTrac with RSC

Standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC) uses two gyroscopic sensors to monitor both yaw rate and roll rate. This allows AdvanceTrac with RSC to help you maintain control whenever it detects wheelslip, understeer, oversteer or roll motion. It also helps maintain control on adverse road conditions such as ice, gravel or rain. AdvanceTrac with RSC also features Curve Control, which will slow the vehicle down when it senses that it’s going too fast for a particular curve.

Trailer Sway Control

Building on AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, the standard trailer sway control (TSC) selectively brakes and adjusts engine power to maintain trailer control. The result is stability and confidence, even when towing large loads.

Available Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support

Available adaptive cruise control is a step beyond conventional cruise control. When its sensors detect traffic slowing, your vehicle also slows down. After traffic has cleared, your vehicle resumes the preset speed. Available forward collision warning with brake support will alert you if it senses a potential collision with the car in front of you. A heads-up display, which simulates brake lights, flashes on the windshield. If you don’t react in time, the brakes will precharge and increase brake-assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness.

Available BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert

Available BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) uses radar in the rear quarter panels to identify a vehicle entering your blind spot and alerts you with an indicator light in the sideview mirror. Cross-traffic alert also uses radar to watch for traffic behind you when you’re slowly backing out of a parking spot or your driveway. If it detects a vehicle approaching from up to 13.7 metres (15 yards) away, it sends an audible warning, an indicator light flashes in the sideview mirror and displays in the message centre. BLIS with cross-traffic alert is available on the XLT, Limited and standard on Sport and Platinum models .

Available Hill Descent Control

Hill Descent Control is an important technology that’s part of the available Intelligent 4WD System. Push the Hill Descent Control button on the Terrain Management System dial, then press the brake and accelerator to set the desired speed. The set speed is maintained during the descent as brake pressure is automatically applied when needed.

Available Class-exclusive PowerFold Third-row seat

The available PowerFold third-row seat is a class-exclusive feature. At the touch of a button, it folds flat for additional cargo room and a level load floor. In the upright position, it comfortably seats two passengers. Standard on Limited, Sport and Platinum Ford Explorer.

Cargo Capacity

The Ford Explorer delivers configurable cargo space to meet your needs. With the second and third-row seats in the upright position, you have maximum seating plus 595 litres (21 cubic feet) of cargo space. With just the third-row seats folded, there are 1,240 litres (43.8 cubic feet) of total storage capacity. And with both the second- and third-row seats folded flat, Explorer provides up to 2,313 litres (81.7 cubic feet) of cargo space. What’s more, there is a storage area in the floor for smaller items. For cargo space on demand, the available PowerFold third-row seat is a class-exclusive feature. The 50/50 split-folding seat folds flat at the touch of a button.

Three rows. Spacious seating for up to seven

The Ford Explorer can carry up to seven passengers. The second row features a 60/40 split-fold-flat bench and available bucket seats and console, while the third row has a 50/50 split-folding seat with generous passenger space. Behind the third row, there are up to 595 litres (21 cubic feet) of cargo volume. For more cargo space, up to 2,313 litres (81.7 cubic feet), fold the second and third rows for a flat load surface.

Platinum exterior

The unique 20-inch aluminum wheels and grille feature satin chrome exterior accents for a smart and distinctive look. There are also three exciting new colours for 2017 – Canyon Ridge, Smoked Quartz Tinted Clearcoat and White Gold.

Platinum interior

From the feel of real wood on the steering wheel to the modern look of the digital instrument cluster, this interior truly lives up to the name Platinum. Get out in style and comfort with the unique Nirvana Leather with perforated and quilted seats – they’re available in Ceramic and Ebony. And to take your adventures to a luxurious new level, just slip behind the leather-wrapped heated wood steering wheel, open wide the dual-panel moonroof, and then turn up the 500-watt Sony audio system. They’re all standard.

Explorer Sport

Standard features on Sport include an ‘Explorer’ badge on the hood, plus unique blackout treatment on headlights and taillights. Other unique design elements include fascia-integrated dual exhaust tips and 20-inch machined-aluminum wheels with painted pockets. To put a heavy dose of sport into the Explorer Sport, there’s the powerful 365 hp, 3.5L EcoBoost engine, sport-tuned suspension and the Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System.

XLT Sport Appearance Package

The XLT Sport Appearance Package includes:
• 20-inch x 8.5-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted 10-spoke wheels
• Magnetic Metallic-painted grille bars and mesh insert, sideview mirror caps, lower door trim, lower front and rear bumper covers, lower bodyside cladding insert and liftgate appliqué
• Black roof-rack side rails
• Dark Earth Grey leather seating surface with Miko® suede inserts, Ebony Black leather-trimmed bolsters and Umber contrasting stitching
• Dark Earth Grey unique door-trim panel insert with Umber contrasting stitching
• “Explorer” badge on hood
• “Explorer” unique branded front floor mats

Interior Comfort Features Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start

The Ford Explorer comfort includes:
• Heated 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar standard on XLT
• Available multicontour front seats with Active Motion®
 • Available second row inflatable outboard safely belts
• Heated steering wheel standard on Limited, Sport and Platinum
• Illuminated front scuff plates standard on Sport and Platinum
• Heated and cooled front row seats standard on Limited, Sport and Platinum
• Intelligent access with Push-Button Start on XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum

Available Front 180-Degree Camera with Washer

Aids visibility for limited-sight manoeuvres such as pulling out of the driveway, street or parking lot. This technology also allows the driver to see around corners. A washer is included to help keep the lens free of dirt and other debris.

Available Enhanced Active Park Assist

Available enhanced active park assist helps you confidently manoeuvre into tight parking spots, whether perpendicular or parallel. Utilizing the vehicle’s 12 ultrasonic sensors, Explorer will scan for suitable parking spaces, and will assist in backing the vehicle into the spot*. All you have to do is shift, accelerate and brake, and Explorer will take care of the steering. While driving slowly near parking spots, simply activate this feature and it scans for available parking spots. Ultrasonic sensors measure the distance to the curb and other parked cars. Once a suitable spot is identified, you’re signaled to stop and accept the system’s assistance. Just control the shifting, accelerating and braking.

Available Lane-Keeping System

It happens at times to the best of drivers – unintentionally drifting out of the driving lane. That’s when you’ll really appreciate this customizable, driver-activated system designed to help you stay in control.

• The camera detects lane markings and communicates with the steering system
• Lane-keeping alert: Drift too close to a lane marker and a vibration is sent to the steering wheel, much like the feeling of riding over rumble strips
• Lane-keeping aid: Provides a directional steering torque, helping you guide your vehicle back to the centre of the lane
• Use either the lane-keeping alert or aid — or combine them, receiving a steering torque first, followed by a vibration alert if you continue drifting

Included Driver Alert System can detect erratic vehicle movements over a period of time, indicating possible drowsiness; coffee cup displays, signaling it may be time to rest. Available on the Explorer Limited and standard on Platinum.

Available SYNC 3

Discover SYNC 3 now available on Explorer. Our next generation of voice-activated technology. New easy-to-use design. New interface. New features. SYNC 3 is not only new, it’s responsive and innovative. Just say the word and discover how SYNC 3 delivers personalization for your driving experience and next-level connectivity.

New hardware meets new software.
• Discover a vivid colour touch screen that conveniently displays phone, audio and available navigation functions all on the home screen.
High-speed performance
• Experience quick reactions to your commands. From a light tap on the touch screen to simple voice commands, SYNC 3 delivers at an impressive speed.
Capacitive touch screen
• The responsive capacitive touch screen includes a convenient swipe feature, as well as pinch-to-zoom functionality within available navigation, similar to what is found on your smartphone.
Enhanced voice recognition
• Speak with real-world voice commands and the system responds naturally to your voice.
SYNC AppLink
• Use your voice to control compatible mobile apps while driving.
Easy destination entry
• Locate your favourite restaurants, nearest ATM and more with simple destination entry via the optional navigation.
Siri seamless integration
• Bring the power of Siri Eyes Free and your iPhone into your Ford.
Automatic updates over Wi-Fi
• Ensure SYNC 3 stays up to date with the latest software as new updates become available – all you need is a Wi-Fi connection.
No-extra-charge 911 Assist
• Stay reassured with this convenient feature that can help call 911, even if you can’t.
Experience voice-activated technology.
SYNC. Say the word.
Click below for a complete description of SYNC 3 on Ford Explorer.

Available Navigation System

Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is combined with 3-D mapping and provides voice-guided turn-by-turn directions.

Available Foot-Activated, Hands-Free Power Liftgate

With the available Intelligent Access key in your pocket or purse, just kick your foot under the bumper and the available foot-activated, hands-free power liftgate16 automatically opens — making it easier to load and unload cargo. You can also adjust the liftgate height, which is helpful for lower overhangs.

Available Dual 2nd-Row Smart-Charging USB Ports

Charge up to twice as fast as previous USB ports; up to 2.5 amps*.

*Two front USB available on the Explorer. Two rear USB on the Sport, Limited, and Platinum.