I owned this car a year. It drives very nice, very much like a car. It has a bold look on the exterior which I like. The seats are very comfortable. The negatives are the rear seats, very hard to fold seats, takes a good hard yank and the rear seat is hard to access. The remote to start the car and unlock doors is very sensitive. I wish they would recess the panic button, it goes off very easy when I'm my pocket and my horn starts going crazy. I had a GMC Sierra 5.3 V8 crew cab truck before this car, My GMC averaged better gas mileage than the V6 in the explorer. Car has a small tank and gets between 280-300 miles a tank. I drove it 6,000 miles in the 1st year. This car has terrible resale value. The worse of any car I have ever ownwed. It has been in paint shop twice for paint bubbling and the learher seats started to seperate, both were covered under warranty. The vehicle is garage kept and had low miles so poor quality control to be having these defects. I would not recommend this car.
Unbelievable Value. Leased for same price as middle Acura MDX but have Sooooooooo much more! 35-50% cheaper than more expensive brands like Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and other higher end SUV's but have cheaper insurance, and cheaper property tax (yes we pay yearly property taxes here in Connecticut) Seats are not perfect, could be longer, however the Seat Massage makes you forget about the seat size, AWESOME feature, esp for someone with a bad back. Interior is gorgeous. The radio is outstanding. The engine is powerful, fun, and sporty. In 'D' drives relatively normal, with def spunk. Put it in 'S' and you have yourself a rocket, with some exhaust growl to boot. Very Fun to drive. 450 mile trip yday, avg 21.4 mph. Just an outstanding value if you are looking at Higher End brands, want value, understand more horsepower equals lower mph, and want it all, Platinum is the WAY TO GO. The adaptive cruise control is OUTSTANDING. I thought, gimmick. Awesome feature. Land departure is ok. Blind spot is excellent. Absolutely must test drive the 17 Platinum Explorer!
I am going to throw comparisons to the Buick Enclave in here since I?ve spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel of one previous to buying my Explorer. I found this 2017 Limited with 1950 miles on it and saved a nice chunk of change. What was Important to me? 4 or all wheel drive, the ability to tow a 3400 pound boat/trailer and some cargo room. 95% of the time it?s just me driving this vehicle. I drove a 2002 Town Car for the last 11 years as a daily driver, so the Explorer was a pretty radical change. The tech is impressive for me, the infotainment package does all I need and more and Car Play is great, texting is an option now for me while driving, since I don?t have to take my eyes off the road. Comfort is fairly good for me and my 6?7? frame. I agree there could more more left leg room, it has plenty of head room, but I find the center console isn?t diggging into my right leg like the Buick, and thank you power pedals and power telescoping steering wheel!! After 3 hours in the Buick I have to get out and move around. The Buick does have better seats in my opinion especially the headrests, you can truly rest your head. But the Explorer truly wins with the dash design and instrumentation, the Buick is dated in all regards there. Rear seats? They are nice (heated!) but the bench does not adjust back and forth on the larger half, too bad. Passengers are not my full concern most the time but the few that rode back there said it was fine. I?d say taller than 6?2? would be an issue, as I can fit back there but the person in the front would have to be less than 6?. The Buick and the rear buckets have more leg room for sure, I fit in them just fine. I do enjoy the power fold rear seats for convenience and the trunk well that is there for groceries etc. And the hands free lift gate opening is a blessing as well. The Buick wins for total cargo space and third row comfort but lacks the options and configurations as the Ford. Performance wise both vehicles are similar from the engine and transmissions, though the Buick may shift slightly smoother. Gas mileage similar too with both being AWD models. The Ford has a bit tighter feeling in the steering department. I do love the brakes on the Ford so far! The Buick has a smoother ride in the front row by a little bit but the second row on that vehicle, it?s hard to read the newspaper and it gets real bouncy. I?ve yet to see snow in this vehicle and am anxiously awaiting to test out the AWD system. Heck driving a RWD Lincoln for 11 years had some white knuckle moments but I was very used to it in the snow and did fine, but this should be a major improvement. Bottom line I like my Ford, I like the styling and overall so far it is a nice vehicle and get many complements. I almost bought a Buick but since like 5 people in my family have them, I really didn?t want to be the 6th, LOL. And the styling and interior was getting old and tired to me (I know they have a new 2018 model coming). So many choices out there for sure and I drove them all. This was the best combo of space, size and utility for me.
I traded in my 2016 Chevy Equinox on the 2017 Ford Explorer . I had looked at Chevrolet ,Honda,Toyota, and even a kia but nothing stood out to me. The Ford Explorer was a win the second I got in. You can't tell by looking at it but its got a ton of room inside. The drive is unbeatable. I cant imagine a better car. I have moved furniture with it, had every seat full and no one complained about the ride. The A/C is outstanding . You will not regret buying this car trust me .
Have had the car for a few weeks. Traded in a BMW 535awd for this SUV thinking I was having to give up handling and road response. So far I have not been disappointed in either. The torque and quickness is great, handling is tight and concise and the ability to see your surroundings is great. I actually look forward to driving the car. Love the look of the car and interior layout. Have not taken it for a long road trip yet so this may highlight further pros and cons. One thing I DO NOT have to worry about are those run flat tires. In the BMW I felt I was always on an obstical course to miss pot holes on the highways. It does not take much to pop a tire. My new Explorer eats the road up with great clearance and worry free driving. My only complaint is the fuel mileage. Performs as promised and knew this when I bought it. Overall totally enjoy the car and happy with the purchase. Ford got this one correct. Update 3/17/18: have taken long trips and very comfortable and safe to drive. Love the distance control cruise control, comfortable seats, quickness and style. One problem I have had is with the factory tires Hankook Ventus S1 noble2. When I first drive at 45 or 50mph there is a vibration until the tires warm up. After that car is smooth. Can?t wait to get rid of tires. Back to dealer three times for problem but not able to fix. Will never own Hankook tires again!