Going with the family friendly vehicle doesn't mean compromising on utility, as demonstrated perfectly by the 2017 Ford Explorer. This modern SUV has three rows of seating, with ample space on each one, plus can be loaded with an impressive level of conveniences. At the same time, the powertrain options are potent, and the chassis can handle aggressive maneuvers with grace. Numerous available technologies designed to boost safety and connectivity only further enrich an already compelling option.
Three different engines available for the 2017 Ford Explorer make it easy to find the combination best-suited for your needs. A base 3.5-liter V-6 incorporates twin independent variable camshaft timing for great efficiency and output. This helps with the peak 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive or an intelligent four-wheel-drive system are available with this engine.
For incredible fuel efficiency, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is available for the 2017 Ford Explorer. It uses turbocharging and direct fuel injection, plus a smaller displacement, too consume less gas. Still, the engine is rated at 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard for this option.
An especially potent 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine is also available, providing a big boost in performance with twin turbocharging and direct injection. Peak output is rated at 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Only four-wheel drive is available with this engine. All three engines are paired with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which has a manual shifting mode.
The 2017 Ford Explorer is designed to take you on all kinds of adventures, and it has the equipment to make that happen. An independent front and rear suspension helps this SUV hug the road and cushion everyone from potholes and bumps. Trailer sway control is included on all trims, automatically adjusting the brakes to avoid problems when towing. Hill start assist is standard for all models, avoiding rolling back when getting going on a steep incline. You can add hill descent control, which helps avoid picking up too much speed when coming down big grades. The available Terrain Management System has four settings, which drivers can select on the fly to change vehicle dynamics for different types of surfaces.
Transporting your most precious cargo in the 2017 Ford Explorer is comforting, thanks to a standard array of safety features. AdvanceTrac with roll stability control avoids quite a few dangerous situations, taking corrective action to keep the vehicle upright and on the right path. The airbag system includes a knee bag for the front passenger and driver, while rear inflatable seatbelts are optional.
Get away from it all by stepping into the 2017 Ford Explorer interior. The decidedly modern space is laid out efficiently, including all the buttons and knobs on the dash. Quite a few luxuries can be added, including multicontour front seats with Active Motion, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ten-way power adjustments for the driver's seat, illuminated door sill plates and front seat heaters. The optional Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to navigate, thanks to simple icons and familiar touch controls, plus uses natural voice commands.