Now in its fifth generation, the vastly popular Ford Explorer was made to move people in comfort and style. This impressive full-sized SUV, which seats up to seven, brings some slight modifications to the 2019 model, plus a generous amount of easy-to-use infotainment technology, a great variety of engine choices, and an outstanding array of advanced safety features within the Ford Co-Pilot360 package.


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Trims and Mechanical Features

This model year's Explorer is available in five trim levels: Base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. The Explorer's three-engine lineup includes a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine (16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway), 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine (19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway), and a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine (17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway). The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers best-in-class 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost generates 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The Base, XLT, and Limited trims come standard with front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available, while the Sport and Platinum trims come standard with all-wheel drive.

The Base trim comes standard with the Ti-VCT V6, but the 2.3-liter EcoBoost can be opted for. It also comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Ford's SYNC voice command system with a 4.2-inch screen, and power-adjustable driver's seat. The XLT adds a power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a reverse sensing system; it's also eligible for the optional Driver Connect Package and Ford Safe and Smart Package.

The Limited trim gets the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, but the 3.5-liter V6 engine can be opted for instead. It also features an 8-inch touchscreen display with Ford's SYNC 3 interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, additional USB ports, remote start, a heated steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats. The Sport trim upgrades to the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and includes a more responsive suspension tuning and a towing package, plus quad chrome exhaust tips, and Ford's Terrain Management System. At the top of the line, the Platinum trim includes the Ford Safe and Smart Package (rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, and automatic high beams), a panoramic sunroof, an automated parking system, a premium audio system, and upgraded premium leather upholstery.

Technology and Safety

The '19 Explorer received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for exceptional government issued crash-test results. The Base trim gets a backup camera, the XLT adds a reverse sensing system, and is eligible for the Ford Safe and Smart Package. The list of available driver-assist technologies (on all trims but the base) includes adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning with brake support, a blind spot monitor, active park assist, side parking sensors, and a 180-degree front camera. The Platinum trim comes standard with all of the aforementioned safety features, as well as an automated parking system.

Ford makes it easier than ever to stay connected while on the go. The Driver Connect package (available on all trims above Base) includes Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system with advanced features such as Amazon Alexa, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and the hands-free ability to make phone calls and send text messages. FordPass Connect with Wi-Fi hotspot also allows up to 10 devices to connect to Wi-Fi while on the road. The Explorer also offers a hands-free, foot-activated power liftgate for when you have your hands full.

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