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2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance

At a Glance

Pricing $31,160 - $53,235
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.3l I4 T, 3.5l V6, 3.5l V6 T
Transmissions A6
Fuel Economy 16-19 (city), 22-27 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 52

Overview Information

The Ford Explorer is a hall-of-fame vehicle. The original Explorer helped to define the SUV segment and for years sold in numbers that no modern SUV or crossover could duplicate. In 2011, Ford reinvented the Explorer. Like all but the largest SUVs, the Explorer is now a unibody vehicle with a FWD-biased drive system. The new Explorer is longer and wider than before with a more spacious interior for seven passengers. By comparison, the Honda Pilot is slightly smaller, but the Chevrolet Traverse is slightly larger. Under the hood, most models equip a 290-bhp 3.5l V6 that has more power than competitive V6s and nearly matches the output of the prior generation's V8. Ford also equips the Explorer with an unusual 2.0l turbocharged four-cylinder (FWD only) promising increased fuel economy. Ford offers the Explorer in three trim levels ranging from about $30,000 to well over $40,000, ensuring that there is a model for every taste and budget.

Official Word:

Giving SUV buyers a fresh option for a sportier-looking ride, Ford adds the new Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package to its popular full-size SUV lineup for 2017. The addition of the package expands Explorer offerings to six models. Other versions include base, XLT, Limited, Sport and the Platinum edition. Explorer buyers are demonstrating an interest in unique models. Sales of Explorer Sport and Platinum, the two top models, account for approximately 30 percent of Explorer sales...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Explorer 3.5l V6 (290-bhp) A6 FWD 17/24/20 45 $31,160
Explorer 2.3l I4 T (280-bhp) A6 FWD 19/27/23 47 $31,655
Explorer 3.5l V6 (290-bhp) A6 AWD 16/23/19 45 $33,310
Explorer 2.3l I4 T (280-bhp) A6 AWD 18/25/21 47 $33,805
Explorer XLT 3.5l V6 (290-bhp) A6 FWD 17/24/20 45 $33,625
Explorer XLT 2.3l I4 T (280-bhp) A6 FWD 19/27/23 47 $34,120
Explorer XLT 3.5l V6 (290-bhp) A6 AWD 16/23/19 45 $35,775
Explorer XLT 2.3l I4 T (280-bhp) A6 AWD 18/25/21 47 $36,270
Explorer Limited 3.5l V6 (290-bhp) A6 FWD 17/24/20 48 $41,525
Explorer Limited 2.3l I4 T (280-bhp) A6 FWD 19/27/23 50 $41,525
Explorer Limited 3.5l V6 (290-bhp) A6 AWD 16/23/19 48 $43,675
Explorer Limited 2.3l I4 T (280-bhp) A6 AWD 18/25/21 50 $43,675
Explorer Sport 3.5l V6 T (365-bhp) A6 AWD 16/22/19 52 $45,205
Explorer Platinum 3.5l V6 T (365-bhp) A6 AWD 16/22/19 52 $53,235