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New 2015 Ford Explorer Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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EPA Fuel Economy (MPG)

  • City: 16 - 17
  • Highway: 22 - 24

2015 Ford Explorer Overview

Sharing its car-based platform with the Taurus sedan, the Ford Explorer sits squarely in the crossover realm, pitting it against competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse. Front-wheel drive is standard, and the Explorer can seat up to seven people in three rows. All-wheel drive with Ford's Terrain Management system is optional. The MyFord Touch system, with touch-sensitive and voice-activated controls, is also optional. Base, XLT, Limited and Sport trim levels are offered. All three come with V-6 power; the turbo four-cylinder is optional on front-wheel-drive models.

New for 2015
Base Explorers now have standard 18-inch aluminum wheels, and the Explorer Sport gets a Class III trailer hitch standard. XLT models can have a new Appearance Package that includes 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, black cladding, a dark gray grille and mirror caps, an Explorer hood badge, and body-color door handles. Inside, there are leather-trimmed seats with suede inserts, front seat heaters, unique floormats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Ford's MyFord Touch multimedia system is also included.

Exterior Highlights
  • Grille finish based on trim level
  • 18-inch alloy wheels; 20-inch wheels available
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available power liftgate
  • Power side mirrors; available heated mirrors

Interior Highlights
  • Seats seven with a second-row bench seat, or six with available second-row captain's chairs
  • 50/50-split folding third row with available power folding
  • Standard cloth upholstery; available leather seats
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Air conditioning
  • Available MyFord Touch with touch-sensitive controls and LCD gauge screens
  • Available heated and cooled front seats
  • Available Sony premium stereo
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
  • 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Available 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Both engines drive a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Available Terrain Management system adapts drivetrain settings to suit one of four environments: pavement, snow, sand or mud
  • V-6 towing capacity is 5,000 pounds; four-cylinder's is 2,000 pounds

Safety Features
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Roll Stability Control and Curve Control
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available backup camera
  • Available inflatable rear seat belts, which aim to spread crash forces across the body by deploying an airbag-like inflation device during a forward collision

Explorer Sport
The Sport model is a high-performance variant of the Explorer. It's powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 365 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque.

What's Special
  • Six-speed automatic transmission includes steering-wheel paddle shifters
  • All-wheel drive
  • Sport suspension
  • Exterior is distinguished by a gray and black grille and 20-inch wheels
  • Two-tone leather upholstery

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