Ford Explorer 2017 Review: Big and Bold!

Jan 21, 2017 11:01 PM EST | BC Tabotabo

The Ford Explorer 2017 is a car that can go from basic to luxury, depending on a buyer's needs. It is a very versatile car loaded with plenty of features and perks.

Pros and Features. This year's Explorer brings a lot of high-tech features that are also very easy to use. The new optional turbocharged V6 engines are also very powerful and recommended.

Its cabin is both quiet and comfortable on the highway. While the legroom is tight, cargo space behind the third row is very generous.

Cons. The Explorer is a large car and can be difficult to maneuver. In addition, the legroom in the second and third row is a bit tight.

What's New? The Ford Explorer 2017 remains unchanged mechanically and visually. It does feature a new XLT Sport Appearance package for this year, as well as modest reshuffling of other features. In addition, Ford's latest Sync 3 infotainment system, is now available, replacing last year's MyFord Touch system.

Models. The 2017 Explorer seats either six or seven passengers. It is available in five models: base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum.

The base model has all the basics and more. It has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, cruise control, and more tech features. The XLT adds a few features but offers a lot of options for upgrade. Both the base and XLT models have the option for a turbocharged 2.3-liter four cylinder engine that is more fuel-efficient.

The Limited model comes with a turbo four-cylinder engine and a V6 engine as an option. It adds several comfort and convenience items including leather upholstery, special systems, and a better sound system. The Sport has the same features as the Limited but adds a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. It also has sport-oriented suspension tuning.

The Platinum model comes exclusively with a turbo V6 engine. Its highlights include a panoramic sunroof, parking assistance, a better sound system, and adaptive cruise control. A rear entertainment system and captain's chairs are also optional.

Verdict. The Ford Explorer 2017 is a fantastic three-row crossover SUV that is made by a household name among American car buyers. Its interior is comfortable and its turbocharged V6 engine is powerful. It is very versatile and a good choice.

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