2018 Ford Explorer: Mid-Size Three-Row SUV Sales Champion

The new 2018 Ford Explorer is the current model of Ford’s mid-size three-row SUV. Since it was first introduced as a 1991 model, the Ford Explorer has been a mainstay of the Ford lineup. More than seven million Ford Explorers have been sold since those early days. It currently outsells all of its SUV competitors, making the Explorer the sales champ in the mid-size three-row SUV segment.

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes with freshened styling, more technology, and more consumer choices. The idea behind this freshly updated version is to keep the Explorer at the head of the mid-size SUV class, which continues to grow in volume as both young families and older adults move toward SUVs and away from sedans.

2018 Ford Explorer Trim Levels And Pricing

The 2018 Explorer is available in five different trim levels: Explorer, Explorer XLT, Explorer Limited, Explorer Sport, and Explorer Platinum. Explorer pricing starts at $31,990 for the base Explorer with front-wheel drive, and tops out at $53,940 for the Explorer Platinum with all-wheel drive..

Several Engine Choices For The 2018 Ford Explorer

Engine options for the Explorer start with the 3.5L V6 engine with 290 horsepower, which is standard on Explorer and Explorer XLT, and optional on Explorer Limited. A 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower is standard on the Explorer Limited, and is optional on Explorer and Explorer XLT. The top engine is a 3.5L turbo V6 with 365 horsepower, which is standard on Explorer Sport and Explorer Platinum.

Ford’s intelligent all-wheel drive is available on Explorer, Explorer XLT, and Explorer Limited. It is standard on Explorer Sport and Explorer Platinum.

Several New Colors And Wheel Styles For 2018

The 2018 Ford Explorer offers four new exterior paint colors: Cinnamon Glaze, Platinum Dune Tricoat, Blue Metallic, and Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat. There are also five new wheel designs to choose from.

2018 Ford Explorer Is Packed With The Latest Technology

The 2018 Explorer is available with a variety of driver assistance technologies. These include enhanced active park assist, which helps with parallel and perpendicular parking; park-out assist, which helps with pulling out of parallel parking spots; plus intelligent all-wheel drive with Terrain Management System.

For 2018, the Explorer also offers a new Safe and Smart Package that takes several essential driver assistance features and combines them into a single value-packed package. These include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • Blind Spot Information System

  • Cross-Traffic Alert

  • Lane-Keeping System

  • Auto High-Beams

  • Rain-Sensing Wipers

SYNC Connect is another featured technology on the 2018 Ford Explorer. This lets owners use the FordPass app on their phones to connect remotely with the 2018 Explorer. FordPass functions include locking, unlocking, and starting the vehicle, pinpointing the vehicle’s location, and accessing diagnostic information on the vehicle’s systems.

The 2018 Ford Explorer will offer a built-in 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi hotspot. It will support up to ten different devices at one time, at distances up to fifty feet from the Explorer.

The 2018 Ford Explorer Is A Worthy Mid-Size SUV

The 2018 Ford Explorer has been around for the better part of three decades. It was one of the first SUVs in its class, and now sits at the head of it, sales-wise. Ford has kept the Explorer up to date in terms of power, style, safety and technology. It should definitely be on your shopping list if you are considering this type of vehicle.

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Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.