Ford Explorer, full-size crossover SUV that’s being produced since 1990 is one of the most important SUV-s ever made. Explorer was instrumental in turning SUV class into one of the most popular types of vehicles there are now. It is currently in fifth generation and 2015 Ford Explorer model will be refreshed with some interior and exterior changes.
It comes in four trim levels: base Explorer, XLT, Limited and Sport, all of which have FWD and 4WD configuration choice. All of these come with 3.5L V6 engine that develops up to 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque and all trims except Sport come with optional 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost inline 4 with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque with best-in-class highway mpg ratings. Most power is offered from another EcoBoost unit of 3.5 liter and with V6 cylinder layout that can pump out about 365 hp. EcoBoost I4 engine is paired with 6-speed automatic transmission, same as V6 engine, while Sport model comes with 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
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Exterior of 2015 Ford Explorer is bound to be revised second year in a row which is rarity but pinpoints Ford’s determination and commitment to keep Explorer ever fresh and competitive. Differences will be seen in slightly changed chrome grille and hood design. Tailgate will also get some new shapes, along with tail-lights. Besides that, there may be few more small changes but nothing out of the ordinary and revolutionary.
2015 Ford Explorer Review
Interior might get some new seats and cabin trim materials but this doesn’t have to be the case. Dashboard will get new curves and maybe a new cup holder or two with some features switching positions. Center board comes with MyFord touch that allows use of navigation, streaming radio and gives vehicle information on its screen. Ford should really look into this feature since MyFord is just shy of being disastrous with its irresponsiveness and constant glitching. Another drawback that Ford has to look into, but considers only Explorer this time is lack of cargo and passenger space in second and third row. We can, therefore expect thinner seats but it still might not be enough. Safety comes with airbag system including front passenger knee airbag and second-row seatbelt airbags, plus lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist that can’t be found on even much more expensive vehicles when it comes to competition.
FWD V6 2015 Ford Explorer give a fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway and 4WD option lowers these numbers to 16/22 mpg which is around average for full-size SUV-s. Optional 2.0L I4 engine has best-in-class fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway and this could be enough to attract decent number of potential buyers to test this car out.
Base Explorer trim level costs at least $30,600, while top of the line Sport model costs $42,670. Interesting to say is that the 2015 Ford Explorer with 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine comes with the same price like the larger and more powerful 3.5 liter V6 naturally aspirated version. Prices can go even higher depending on the options and additional equipment that is chosen.
Changes For 2015 Ford Explorer
The 2015 Ford Explorer will be refreshed in order to remain competitive and ahead of time. This SUV still plays very important role on the market but now comes as much more luxurious and spacious vehicle than it used to be back in the day. How will it be accepted by the market only time will tell but we do give it a good chance.