KBB Finds Out If The 2017 Ford Explorer Is A Worthy Segment Leader

In case you were wondering which has been this year’s most popular non-premium midsize SUV, you won’t be surprised to find out that the answer is the Ford Explorer.

Aside from making people worry if it’s a law enforcement car when they see it in their rear-view mirror, the Explorer has a lot of other things going for it, such as a roomy interior and plenty of modern tech and convenience features.

According to Kelley Blue Book’s Micah Muzio, the Explorer also brings a rugged exterior appearance to the table, one that’s proven successful with midsize SUV buyers, helping Ford top this segment when it comes to sales.

Of course, the Explorer has plenty of worthy challengers, some of which even offering better features or more interior room. For example, both the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander can seat more people. Speaking of shortcomings, the Explorer’s build quality and overall cabin material quality aren’t that great either, with Muzio pointing out a couple of issues with the interior that might genuinely put you off.

As for what it’s like to drive, the Explorer, while lacking any sort of sporty steering feel, is surprisingly grippy in corners for a vehicle of its size, and has a strong engine range, with the range-topping 365 HP twin-turbo V6 getting you from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 6 seconds.

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  • Frank Yoster

    The Durango Breaks The exploder

    • Bash

      Actually. I would take the Durango over the Exploder, but sadly, not many people out there would!

  • Brabusbus
  • InYourBubble

    Among the things the Explorer has going for it is its twin-turbo V6 (in some models) more angular rugged lines to its look. There are so many SUVs coming out lately that have really streamlined smooth lines. They looks like oversized sedans (because they basically are). They’re boring and wimpy looking

  • john1168

    I seriously considered purchasing this Explorer. I like Ford. And I really wanted to like this Explorer. But it didn’t win me over. The front of it is PAINFULLY generic looking. There is NO imagination at all in that front end. I hate the interior too. For such a big vehicle, it had so little space inside it. As it’s a similar platform to the Taurus, that doesn’t surprise me at all as the Taurus has the same problem of being a big vehicle with no room inside. It seems that everything you touch inside most of the time was made with good quality materials but everything you touch once in a while to not at all was made with crap. The instrument cluster is a freakin joke too with the giant speedometer and peanut sized tachometer. To me the entire screams of cost cutting. But I don’t think it’s because Ford can’t do better, I wonder if they do it so as not to step on Lincolns toes while they make their improvements. The same thing the Fusion suffers from with the MKZ.

    I’m not trying to be a troll on the Explorer. It seems to be popular and a big seller. I’ve never driven one and I hope it drives well and is somewhat capable. The 3.5TT motor must be nice too but I’m sure the 6 speed auto holds it back. But to me the current Explorer is PAINFULLY long in the tooth. Ford seriously needs an all new Explorer. I personally haven’t heard or seen anything on an all new one but I hope they’re working on it.

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