2018 Ford Explorer Gets Minor Updates | Edmunds

2018 Ford Explorer Gets Minor Updates

Ford isn't taking any chances when it comes to its Explorer midsize SUV. After receiving numerous updates for the 2016 model year, the Explorer is once again getting a refresh. The changes for the 2018 model year aren't extensive, but they'll help keep the Explorer competitive in a class where having the latest features and styling means the difference between a top seller and a midpack laggard.

One must-have feature that will be offered on the 2018 Ford Explorer is connectivity. An onboard 4G modem will give the Explorer the ability to become a Wi-Fi hotspot for multiple devices as well as work with the FordPass app, which allows for remote interaction with the vehicle through a smartphone. Features such as remote start, locking and unlocking, fuel level check and maintenance reminders are just a few of the features available through FordPass.

2018 Ford Explorer

Like many other SUVs in the midsize segment, the 2018 Ford Explorer will offer a safety package that bundles all of its available active and passive crash avoidance technology into one single option. Dubbed the Safe and Smart package, it will include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights and rain-sensing wipers.

Updates to the exterior are minor. There are a few changes to the front fascia, including a revised grille and foglights. Models with the 3.5-liter V6 engine get standard quad exhaust tips, while all models will get new wheel designs and revised exterior color options. Sales of the 2018 Ford Explorer will begin in the fall of 2017.

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