$ 46,945
information 2018
Ford Explorer Sport 4WD USA

2018 Ford Explorer (Base, TLX, Limited, Sport & Platinum )

Ford has shifted the Explorer from Midsized to Full Size SUV, in the updated 2018 Explorer lot of design cues has been taken from Land Rover and now it is a gigantic, aggressive and Phenomenal looking vehicle. So many updates have been done in 2018 year model with some additional features and packages. (Read further)

Design Dynamics of Ford Explorer:

There are five different trim levels of Explorer (Base, TLX, Limited, Sport & Platinum) while all the trims has many design cues as standard & optional.

 Exterior Dynamics:

In 2018 year model of Explorer low beam LED headlamps with automatic functionality are standard on ever trim level while signature lighting & fog lamps are standard on XLT and above. All the trims have different Grill as well; base trim and XLT have chrome vertical bars, sports trim get Black mesh front grill however Limited and Platinum have different design for grill. All the trims levels have many other differences on exterior as well;


  • Base: Black door handles & side Mirrors
  • XLT & Sport: body color Door handles, Gloss black side Mirrors with turn indicators
  • Limited: Body colored Side Mirrors
  • Platinum: Chrome Cap side Mirrors and Chrome Door Handles.
  • Roof rails are standard on XLT and above.
  • 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels are standard on Base & XLT trim while sport and above have 20 inch wheels with different styling.
  • LED tail lights are standard with all trim levels
  • Dual Exhaust outlets standard with first two engines (check below) but with 3rd twin turbo v6 you get dual exhaust outlets with quad tips which is also the new setup for this year.

Interior Dynamics:

Interior of Explorer feels uninspired compared to other ford products; it is not much futuristic and has many quality control issues related to finishing.


  • Base and XLT trims has cloth seats as standard, limited and above have leather seats as standard while leather seats are optional on XLT trim as well.
  • Base & XLT: Standard sink system with 6 speakers (has no android auto & apple car play), sink 3 optional on XLT as well.
  • Limited & Up: Power adjustable Steering wheel, push button start, ambient lighting and sink 3 system are standard.  (Sink 3 has android auto, apple car play and 12 Speakers)
  • Twin paneled moon roof standard on Platinum trim while optional on XLT, Sport & limited trim.

Engine, Power & fuel economy:

There are three different engines available with ford Explorer;

  1.  3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 belong to Base and XLT trim, it produces 290hp@6500rpm and   255lbft@4000rpm of torque. It has option for both front wheel drive & all wheel drive system, with FWD   (17 city & 24 highway mpg) and with AWD system (16 city & 22 Highway mpg).

  2.   2.3 liter turbo charged four cylinders engine is standard on Limited and optional on XLT it produces          280hp@5600rpm and 310lbft@3000rpm torque. Fuel Economy (FWD: 19 city & 27 highway) (AWD: 18 city & 25 highway).

  3. 3.6 Liter twin turbo charged V6 engine is standard on Sport & Platinum trim, it produces 365hp@5500rpm and 350lbft@3500rpm torque. It supports only four wheel drive system (fuel economy: 16 city & 22 highway)

Driving Dynamics:

Sport trim has paddle shifter with impressive & quick response, Gas pressure twin turbo shock absorbers work well and absorb the imperfections of the to some extent. Four wheels drive comes with traction management system which can be controlled via circular dial just behind the shifter.

  • Driving Modes: Normal, Mud-rain & sand, (changing the modes effect the throttle response, shift points & greatly affect its stability control).
  • Visibility: 3rd rows headrest can hinder the visibility but if you have no passengers in third row and by pushing the head rests down you can get better visibility.

Comfort & Space:

It has lot of space inside where 2nd row is enough spacious for 6 feet passengers while 3rd row has less leg room and probably more suitable for children’s. Has good amount of space behind the third row for luggage moreover power folding for 3rd row comes standard with limited trim and above.

  • Rear seats have separate climate control options for limited & above trims while roof mounted ventilation is for all three rows with every single trim level.
  • Limited & above trim: Heated and ventilated front seats, steering wheel & 2nd row heated seats.


There has been introduced a new package for 2018 year (safe and smart Package with extra 1295 $) it includes:

  • Rain sensing wind shield wipers
  • Automatic high beam control
  • Blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control system
  • Forward collision warning & Brake support.


  • Base trim starts:  32,140$

  • XLT starts: 34,175 $

  • Limited trim starts: 42,090$

  • Sport starts: 45,950 $

  • Platinum starts: 53,940 $



  • Great Exterior Design
  • Optional features
  • 2nd row is spacious and comfortable


  • Interior finishing
  • Navigation override when plug in android or apple phone
  • Interior design is uninspired
Body SUV
Drive AWD
Transmission Automatic
Exterior Color N/A
Interior Color N/A
Engine Capacity (cc) 3498 cc cc
Horse Power (HP) 365 Hp
Mileage N/A
  • Top speed 122 mph and 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds
  • Engine: 3.5L V6 EcoBoost
  • Transmission: 6 speed select shift automatic
  • Transmission with driver selectable mode
  • Electronic transfer case
  • Automatic full time four wheel drive
  • Engine oil cooler
  • 72-amp/Hr 650CCA maintenance free battery with run down protection
  • Class III towing with harness hitch and trailer sway control
  • Gas pressurized shock absorbers
  • Front and rear anti roll bars
  • Sport tuned suspension
  • Electric power assist speed sensing steering
  • Dual stainless steel exhaust with chrome tailpipe finisher
  • Auto locking hubs
  • 4 wheel disc brakes with 4 wheel ABS-brake assist-hill descent control and hill hold control
  • Wheels: machined aluminum with painted pockets
  • Steel spare wheel
  • Compact spare tire mounted inside under cargo
  • Clear coat paint
  • Body colored front bumper with black rub strip/fascia accent and black bumper insert
  • Body colored rear step bumper with black rub strip/fascia accent and black bumper insert
  • Black side windows trim and black windshield trim
  • Black door handles
  • Chrome body side insert-black body side cladding and black wheel well trim
  • Black power heated side mirrors with convex spotter-manual folding and turn signal indicator
  • Fixed rear window with fixed interval wiper-heated wiper park and defroster
  • Deep tinted glass
  • Speed sensitive-variable intermittent wipers
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum panels
  • Lip spoiler
  • Black grille
  • Power lift gate rear cargo access
  • Tailgate/rear door lock included with power door locks
  • Roof rack rails only
  • Fully automatic aero-composite led low beam day time running light preference setting headlamps with delay off
  • Led Brake lights
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Laminated Glass
  • Radio: Sony Audio System with CD player-inc: AM/FM –Mp3 capability-12 Speakers-390 watt-HD radio-SiriusXM radio and voice-activated navigation system with pinch to zoon capability-siriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Radio with Seek-Scan-Clock-Speed Compensated Volume Control-Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
  • Streaming Audio
  • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System-inc: enhanced voice recognition- 8 inch LCD capacitive touch screen in center stack with swipe capability-pinch to zoom capability included when equipped with available voice activated touch screen navigation system-AppLink-911 assist-apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility-2 smart charging multimedia USB ports
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Leather Rear Seat with Manual Fore/Aft
  • Manual tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges-inc: Speedometer-Odometer-Engine Coolant Temp-Tachometer-Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench Vinyl 3rd Row Seat Front-Power Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
  • Heated Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cup holder
  • Rear Cup Holder
  • Compass
  • Remote Keyless Entry with Integrated Key Transmitter-Illuminated Entry-Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Keypad
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Button Start
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Releases-inc: Proximity Cargo Access
  • Cruise Control with Steering Wheel Controls
  • Rear HVAC with Separate Controls
  • HVAC-inc: Under seat Ducts-Auxiliary Rear Heated and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
  • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Perforated Leather Heated Bucket Seats-inc: Red accent stitching-10 way power driver’s seat with power lumbar and recline-10 way power front passenger seat with power lumbar and recline and 4 way manually adjustable driver and front passenger head restrains
  • Interior Trim-inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert-Simulated Carbon Fiber/Metal Look Door Panel Insert-Metal Look Console Insert and Chrome/Metal Look Interior Accents
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors with Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Full Floor Console with Covered Storage-Mini Overhead Console with Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade To Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering-inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls-inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
  • Driver/Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows with Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks with Autolock Feature
  • System Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog display
  • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest And Rear Center Armrest
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • 4 12V DC power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Advancetrac with Roll Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Terrain Management System ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st-2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Mykey System-inc: Top Speed Limiter-Audio Volume Limiter-Low Fuel Warning-Programmble Sound Chimes and Belt minder with Audio Mute
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts-inc: Rear Center 3 Point-Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back Up Camera with Washer

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