2015 Ford Explorer

Pros: Broad range of available safety features; impressively quiet cabin; good fuel economy with EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine

Cons: Finicky MyFord Touch control interface; tight second-row seat; feels a bit cumbersome in close quarters; prices rise quickly as options are added

CG Says: For 2015, the Ford Explorer gets standard 18-inch wheels on its base model and an appearance package for XLT models. Explorer is a very nice 7-passenger crossover that unfortunately competes with several other very nice 7-passenger crossovers. Regrettably perhaps, Explorer’s most memorable feature may be the MyFord Touch control interface that has frustrated our testers. Overall though, this Ford does a good job balancing the rugged attributes of an SUV with the more car-like dynamics expected of today’s crossover vehicles. The same is true for most of its rivals though, and they often cost less.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2WD Base: $30,600
AWD Base: $32,600
2WD XLT: $32,900
AWD XLT: $34,900
2WD Limited: $38,100
AWD Limited: $40,100
AWD Sport: $42,670

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
365
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

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2015 Ford Explorer Sport