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2015 Ford Explorer

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2015 Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $30,700
2015 Base 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $32,700
2015 XLT 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,000
2015 XLT 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $35,000
2015 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,200
2015 Limited 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $40,200
2015 Sport 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $43,100


The 2015 Ford Explorer continues to move away from its off-roading ancestry with a focus on on-road refinement. It’s roomy and comfortable with 3 rows of seating and enough space for up to seven passengers -- but still capable of handling moderate off-road duties thanks to its Terrain Response System. It just manages to do it with better fuel efficiency than its truck-based predecessors.

What's New for 2015

The only significant change on the 2015 Explorer is a sport-appearance package that’s available for the XLT model. This package adds 20-inch wheels, black body-side molding, roof rails and dark Magnetic paint on the grille, mirror caps and liftgate.

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Choosing Your Ford Explorer

A 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque is the standard engine on the base model Explorer as well as the XLT and Limited models. This engine is available in both front-wheel drive (17 mpg city/24 mpg highway) and four-wheel drive (17 mpg city/23 mpg highway).

An optional turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is also available. This 2-liter motor delivers 240 horsepower, 270 pound-feet of torque, and an estimated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. However, you make a significant sacrifice in acceleration for the gain in fuel economy.

Sport models come only with four-wheel drive and a turbocharged 3.5-liter 365 horsepower V6. It delivers an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.

A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on all 2015 Explorer models. When combined with the available Trailer Tow Package, the V6 models have a 5,000 pound hauling capacity, while the four-cylinder can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Ford offers four different Explorer models:

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The base model Explorer is light on standard features. Look for basics like air conditioning, cruise control and a six-speaker audio system.

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The XLT builds on from the base Explorer with features like a reverse sensing system, a six-way power adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry and satellite radio.

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At the Limited level, the Explorer enters near-luxury territory with push-button start, a rearview camera, 20-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker audio system from Sony, Sync with MyFord Touch, and leather upholstery.

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The Sport models include nearly all of the Limited's amenities plus the 3.5-liter Ecoboost twin-turbo V6, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, a terrain management system, and a power-folding third-row seat.

A number of optional features include: voice-activated navigation, a power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, remote start system, dual-panel moonroof, a collision warning system and adaptive crusie control.

CarsDirect Tip

Additional features add up quickly on the Explorer. So unless you have the engine in the powerful Sport (which starts at $42,500) we recommend looking into the XLT ($32,900) and adding some options.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 255 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 240 HP / 270 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd SelectShift w/OD
Available: 6-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 24 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 255 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 240 HP / 270 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 24 / 20 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded / Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
80.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
152 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
197.1 "
Exterior Width
78.9 "
Exterior Height
70.4 "
Front Headroom
41.4 "
Rear Headroom
40.5 "
Front Legroom
40.6 "
Rear Legroom
39.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,432 Lbs. / 4,428 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
8-way (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
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Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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