2014 Ford Explorer Review Review


The Ford Explorer is an iconic vehicle in the sports utility vehicles (SUV's) segment. Created in the early 1990's, it has become known for being the quintessential family car, due to its economic value, dependable safety features, and focus on comfort.


The 2014 version delivers on the excellence of previous counterparts, offering smooth riding, spacious seating, and all the latest technologies. New to this Explorer are two distinctive engines that power-hungry motorists will appreciate: a 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 365-horsepower turbocharged V6.


At a Glance


Just like the previous couple of model years, the 2014 Explorer boasts a sleek and elegant look, as opposed to the originally bulky structure. The vehicle prioritizes safety and practicality, as reflected through its rearview camera and navigation system.


The car’s safety features include traction and stability control, front seat side and side curtain airbags, a passenger knee airbag in the front, and trailer sway control. The Explorer also has the safety of new young drivers in mind, offering the “MyKey” feature. This lets parents set vehicle speed limits and audio volume.


There are 7 trims: Base (17/23 mpg), Base Front-Wheel Drive (20/28 mpg), Limited 4x4 (17/23 mpg), Limited Front-Wheel Drive (20/28 mpg), Sport 4x4 (16/22 mpg), XLT 4x4 (17/23 mpg), XLT 4x4 (17/23 mpg), and XLT Front-Wheel Drive (20/28 mpg).


Exterior Features & Performance


The 2014 Explorer mirrors the look of the last two models, with its forceful presence yet softer edges. Character lines run along this sporty SUV’s sides, which includes twin exhaust tips, a dark grille and wheels, and blackout headlights.


Depending on trim levels, the wheels can be anywhere from 17-20 inches in size. Headlights on all models are automatic and include windshield wiper activation.


The option of a might turbocharged V6 engine makes for a more thrilling ride and improved fuel economy. A Terrain Management System helps drivers to navigate through all types of difficult weather conditions. Roll Stability Control and Curve Control are default safety features. A monitoring system for blind spots is optional.


Interior Features & Luxury


The interior of this vehicle is a continuation of the 2013 model. Spacious and equipped with the latest technology, the 2014 Explorer is nothing less than a pleasure to ride in. Seats are adjustable to passenger comfort, and rear seats can be folded down to transform the cargo space into a remarkable 80.7 cubic feet of a space.


The base offers single-zone climate control and a six-speaker audio system with aux and USB inputs. Higher trim levels offer Sync (Ford’s entertainment and communications system), power-adjustable pedals, and dual-zone climate control.


Engine/Transmission Specifications


2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4


·         240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

·         270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm

·         EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg


3.5-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm


·         255 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

·         EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 13/18 mpg (E85), 17/23 (4WD), 12/17 mpg (4WD E85) 


3.5-liter turbocharged V6


·         365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

·         350 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm

·         EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22

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