2018 Ford Explorer Trims

Dec 19, 2017 - 2 minute read

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For more than 20 years, the Ford Explorer has remained one of the best-selling SUVs on the market. Drivers love the Explorer’s overall versatility. When equipped with Ford’s Terrain Management System, the Explorer becomes an especially adventurous family vehicle. With the arrival of a 4G WiFi hotspot, Ford’s available Sync 3 infotainment system now gives you around-the-clock access to the web. As always, the value remains a strong point for the 2018 Ford Explorer. There are five different trims to choose from: base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Let’s take a look at what each trim brings to the table.


The base and XLT trims come standard with a muscular 3.5-liter, V6 engine. It develops a satisfying 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. These two trims also offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as an option, which rewards you with even better fuel economy. Meanwhile, the Limited trim comes standard with the optional turbocharged four-cylinder. From a standpoint of sheer performance, the Explorer Sport stands apart from the other trims. Its turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine pushes out a staggering 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Aside from the Sport trim’s lightning-quick acceleration, it also benefits from a performance-tuned suspension and variable-ratio steering. Although the top-of-the-line Platinum trim goes without the Explorer Sport’s stiffer suspension, it does feature the powerful EcoBoost V6 engine.


Even the base Explorer gives buyers a lot for their money. A backup camera, Sync voice controls, and Bluetooth connectivity all come standard. Meanwhile, the XLT trim adds SiriusXM satellite radio and keyless ignition. Ford’s top-rated Sync 3 interface is available as an option.The leather-trimmed Explorer Limited offers an even more luxurious driving experience. While the Limited model’s heated and ventilated seats enhance comfort, music fans will love the 500-watt Sony sound system. The high-performance Explorer Sport is equally as lavish on the inside. For the drivers who demand extreme luxury, Ford offers the upscale Platinum trim. A beautiful panoramic sunroof and automatic park assist enable the Explorer Platinum to compete with SUVs that are far more expensive.


Boasting a five-star overall safety rating, the 2018 Ford Explorer gives every family an extra peace of mind. Several electronic driving aids come standard on the base model. While Ford’s Curve Control technology enhances stability, trailer sway control gives you more security when pulling a load. All of the higher trim levels can be equipped with a Safe and Sound package, which includes advanced driving aids such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

In Closing:

To see which Explorer trim suits you the best, contact your local Ford dealer to schedule a test drive.

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