Ford prices the 2017 Explorer from $31,160 for the standard front-wheel drive model. Add $2,150 for all-wheel drive. Four additional trims are available—XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum—with prices ranging from $33,625 to $53,235. Both the Sport and Limited editions offer standard all-wheel drive.
Three engine choices are available, beginning with a 3.5-liter V6 engine standard in the base and XLT ($33,625) editions and available in the Limited ($41,525) edition. This engine makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive models are EPA-rated at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
A 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine is standard on the Sport ($45,205) and Platinum ($53,235) editions. This engine creates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Models powered by the boosted V6 engine are EPA-rated at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
A third engine, a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four cylinder is optional on the standard, XLT and Limited editions. The small turbo makes 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This engine delivers the best fuel economy among the three, coming in at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for front-wheel drive models.
All three engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions with manual shifting capabilities.
All models come with aluminum wheels, LED tail lights, a rearview camera with a washer, a tilt and telescopic steering column, power accessories, and hill start assist.
The XLT edition brings in side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a roof rack, keyless entry with push-button start, upgraded cloth seats, and SiriusXM satellite radio. An XLT sport appearance package is new, adding such goodies as 20-inch magnetic gray wheels, Ebony Black body side molding, and other decor.
The Explorer Limited adds power-fold side mirrors, a power-split folding third-row seat, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a 12-speaker audio system, SYNC 3 infotainment, and a forward media bin.
Choose the Sport model and this model receives the expected sporting embellishments, including rear fascia-integrated dual exhaust tips. Machined 20-inch aluminum wheels and a hands-free liftgate are some of the additional highlights of this model.
Choose the Platinum edition and the upgrades include Nirvana quilted leather seats with quilted inserts, a dual-panel moonroof, a 500-watt Sony audio system, voice-activated navigation, and a suite of safety features.