2018 Ford Explorer SUV

2018 Ford Explorer
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What’s new

  • Subtle styling tweaks front and rear
  • Integrated 4G LTE hotspot
  • Part of the fifth Explorer generation introduced for 2011

Pros

  • Plenty of high-tech features that are easy to use
  • Optional turbocharged V6 engine delivers plentiful power
  • Cabin is quiet and comfortable on the highway
  • Cargo space is generous behind the third row

Cons

  • Legroom in the third row is subpar
  • Depending on trim level, feels big and ponderous from behind the wheel
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Ford Explorer.

After 11 Beemers, a Ford
Billy Scholtz, 4/24/2018
After 11 BMW's and 2 3 stars, I thought to give an American car a try. My friends recommended the explorer. What a total surprise. I simply love it. Wish I had bought one years ago... Mine is 2018 XLT.
How to buy any new car... at the best price
Justin watts, 3/1/2018
The Ford Explorer is a Great SUV... it’s very nimble. The dash is a bit deep but you get used to it. Makes the interior spacious for front seat and passenger. I want to share my car buying formula to get the best deal..... whatever MSRP price the dealer gives you.. take that number and deduct 15% to 20% off the price and INCLUDE the tax and license and that will be the best rock bottom price for any car you buy and shop as many dealers as you can.... this is my opinion but it has worked for me. I bought my 2018 Ford Explorer XLT with aftermarket leather added and had 20 inch wheels installed as part of sports appearance package. My out the door price was $41,700. Not too bad!
Love the car - a few features need redesigned!
ds, 2/2/2018
We love the Explorer. It rides well and handles well. The entertainment system and safety features are good. Down side is design of cup holders. Too small and the ones on the side of the front seat doors don't fit anything but a bottle and the way the angle is you really cannot use them. Car looks great.
Explorer Platinum Explodes with a Wealth of Luxury
Kim, 4/9/2018
The Explorer Platinum is the way to go! We looked at the other Explorer models and until we got done building them with the options we wanted it was coming in the same price as the Platinum. So we took the plunge and are we VERY pleased with this SUV! I can't tell you how wonderful she handles and every bell and whistle you could ever imagine is included in this model. If you want to spoil yourself rotten............fall in love with the 2018 Ford Explorer Platinum! We did and we are totally ecstatic!!!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$36,325
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$34,175
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$45,950
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
365 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$53,940
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
365 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Explorer safety features:

Collision Warning with Brake Support
Alerts the driver to an impending forward collision and precharges brakes to shorten stopping distance.
Lane Keeping System
Vibrates the steering wheel and reduces steering effort if the car veers toward the edge of its lane.
Blind Spot Information System
Senses vehicles in adjacent lanes and illuminates a warning in the side mirrors.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Marginal
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Ford Explorer vs. Honda Pilot

The Ford Explorer costs a little more than the Honda Pilot, but offers more cargo space behind the third row (although less max cargo capacity than the Pilot), and better ground clearance. That's about where the base Explorer's advantages end, however. The Honda Pilot comes with more standard features and a more fuel-efficient V6 engine, and can seat up to eight passengers. The Pilot earned an Edmunds four-star rating.

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Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

For everyday comfort, the Explorer edges out the smaller Grand Cherokee in quietness, interior space and ride quality. But if you're looking for an SUV that is more off-road capable, you'll likely find a Grand Cherokee more suitable. The Grand Cherokee also travels farther on a tank of fuel, delivers better fuel economy and, thanks to the introduction of the new Trackhawk model, can likely run circles around the already very capable Explorer Sport.

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Ford Explorer vs. Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander costs just less than the Explorer, but comes with an underwhelming four-cylinder engine (185 hp) compared to the Ford's 290-hp base V6 engine. The Highlander can seat eight passengers, but with less passenger space and cargo room (7.2 cubic feet less) behind the third row. The Highlander does come with advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, however, which aren't offered on the base Explorer.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV for Sale

Ford Explorer 2018 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2018
Ford Explorer
Base
MSRP$33,135
Est.Loan: $582/mo
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Ford Explorer 2018 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
New 2018
Ford Explorer
Sport
MSRP$53,805
Est.Loan: $935/mo
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Ford Explorer 2018 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2018
Ford Explorer
Base
MSRP$33,330
Est.Loan: $585/mo
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FAQs

Is the Ford Explorer a good car?

While we give the Sport trim level a solid thumbs-up, other trim levels aren't quite as impressive to drive, exhibiting more ponderous routine handling that makes the Explorer feel bigger than it is. There are three engines to choose from: a V6, a turbocharged four-cylinder or a turbocharged V6. We like the turbocharged V6 (365 horsepower, 350 pound-feet of torque) best. It delivers terrific thrust, which you'll like for highway passing and towing, but it's only available on more expensive trim levels. Overall, the 2018 Ford Explorer gets most things right, and it's a respectable choice for a three-row midsize SUV.

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Does the Ford Explorer have good MPG?

The Explorer's fuel economy is at the low end of the segment, even compared to figures from SUVs with similar engines. The base 3.5-liter V6 returns 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway), a figure that drops to an even more disappointing 15 mpg combined (13 city/18 highway) with E85 fuel. Moving up to the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder improves torque output and efficiency, returning 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway) — about the same as other V6 engines from the Explorer's competitors. Finally, the top-of-the-line turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 returns the poorest economy — 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway) — but also delivers unmatched power for the segment.

Does the Ford Explorer have good resale value?

If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Ford Explorer's resale value. How much will a 2018 Ford Explorer be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.

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More about the 2018 Ford Explorer
2018 Ford Explorer SUV Overview

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV is offered in the following styles: XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A), Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Explorer SUV 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Explorer SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Explorer SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including XLT, Sport, Platinum, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV here.
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Explorer SUV?
2018 Ford Explorer SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,945. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $9,549 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,549 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$37,396.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is20.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,320. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $9,874 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,874 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,446.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is26.5% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,170. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $9,061 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,061 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,109.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is25.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,235. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $9,870 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,870 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,365.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is21.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $54,935. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $9,922 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,922 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$45,013.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is18.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,285. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $8,170 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,170 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,115.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is23.2% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,135. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $8,586 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,586 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,549.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is25.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,085. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,442 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,442 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$34,643.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is19.6% below the MSRP.

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