2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

If you want a large SUV with all the capability and versatility in a package that's more like a car to drive, look no further than the 2018 Ford Explorer.

Why Buy the Ford Explorer?

Few vehicles put "utility" into sport utility as well as the Ford Explorer does. In addition to the large proportions and styling that delivers copious amounts of space for passengers and cargo, the Explorer has the comfortable ride and drive we want from a crossover.

It's actually pretty hard to think of any family duties the Explorer can't handle with ease. The interior can accommodate up to seven people, tow a trailer without too much fuss, handle a bit of rough stuff off-road, and keep everyone inside entertained with improved infotainment that now includes 4G LTE.

Are Explorers Good Cars?

Not only is the Explorer a very good vehicle, it's actually a much better vehicle than it used to be. The Explorer debuted in 1991 as a truck-based compact SUV before becoming a midsize SUV in 1995. But since 2011, the Explorer has been a full-size crossover, which means it can pretty much be anything you want it to be.

Now being a unibody crossover means the Explorer drives and handles very well for a large SUV, but it also has excellent Sport tuning and better fuel economy ratings than some might expect. Ditching the truck-based underpinnings means it can't tow as much as a full-blown ladder-frame SUV, but it can handle what most buyers of a vehicle like this would want to tow.

Can the Ford Explorer Tow?

The Explorer is a full-size crossover with some powerful engine options, so yes, it really can tow. Despite the fact there are three different engine options available for the Explorer, choosing to go for the more powerful units won't actually deliver a greater maximum towing capacity.

An Explorer is rated to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds, which is plenty for most duties a family is likely to ask of it. Choosing the 365 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 won't get you a higher tow rating, but it will make towing that 5,000 easier than if you had the 290 horsepower non-turbo V-6 or the 280 horsepower EcoBoost inline-four under the hood.

Which Ford Explorer is Best?

Six different trim levels are available in the 2018 Ford Explorer range, which are the base Explorer, the XLT, Limited, Sport, and the top-of-the-range Platinum. The base Explorer is reasonably basic, but it's hard to find fault with anything from the XLT upwards.

Perhaps the best balance of practicality, style, comfort, and desirability comes from the Explorer Sport. As well as all the goodies you'd like to see in a crossover of this stature, the Explorer Sport also gets the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 turbo so it really does live up to its Sport billing.