2018 Ford Explorer Car Review

To move its image from strict utility to an all-around sport vehicle, the Ford Explorer experienced some exterior and interior updates, performance upgrades, and technology additions to keep it competitive in the three-row midsize SUV class.

Drivers in Wayne, Paterson, Clifton and Montclair can find out more about the changes for the Explorer's 2018 model year with our in-depth car review. Stop by our Ford Dealership today!


The base engine for the 2018 Ford Explorer is a 3.5-liter V-6, which produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, and the upgraded engine option is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which produces 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The Sport variant offers a more powerful engine, the 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, a firmer suspension, and a towing package.

Base, XLT and Limited models come in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but the Sport and Platinum models are standard with all-wheel drive. All models are standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.

All engine variants offer plenty of effortless power and quickness, though the turbocharged Sport V-6 leads the pack. The Explorer has smooth shifts, agile handling and stunning speed that belies its weight and size, and it absorbs the road surface with ease. The steering and braking systems both excel in its class as well, with remarkable precision and effectiveness.

With the properly-equipped V-6 models, the Explorer is rated to tow 5,000 pounds, and the four-cylinder is rated for 3,000 pounds. The Sport model also comes standard with electronic trailer sway control and the Class III trailer tow package, which further enhance its towing capability.

The Explorer also excels in off-road environments and harsh weather conditions. The all-wheel drive option includes a four-position controller for the Terrain Management System, which offers Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Grass/Gravel/Snow modes for maximum traction and capability, on or off-road.

Comfort and Space

Despite its sport performance upgrades, the Explorer's ride quality doesn't suffer. Flat, wide bucket seats are well-padded and supportive, with nicely-padded armrests and soft materials. There's very little noise penetration in the cabin, even with the powerful engine, which is unusual for this vehicle type.

The cargo bay is expansive and usable, with a flat base and no obstructions. With the seats folded, the cargo capacity is 81.7 cubic feet, and there's a deep well behind the third row that offers additional storage space. Throughout the cabin, there are many small bins and cubbies for smaller items.


The 2018 Ford Explorer is highly customizable, offering many features and options packages. A rearview camera and the Sync 3 voice commands are standard for the base model, though premium audio, power-adjustable seating and heated and ventilated seating. There is also a suite of active safety features like blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning available for higher trim levels.

Test Drive the 2018 Ford Explorer at Wayne Ford

With the impressive performance, comfort and array of features available for the 2018 Ford Explorer, it's no surprise that it remains a popular option among midsize SUVs. After reading our car review, schedule a test drive today! 

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