2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Ford Explorer
[![The Explorer remains a popular family favorite. Photos Courtesy of Ford.](http://buyersguide.carsoup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-Ford-Explorer-hero.jpg)](http://buyersguide.carsoup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-Ford-Explorer-hero.jpg)The Explorer remains a popular family favorite. Photos Courtesy of Ford.
The [2015 Ford Explorer](http://www.carsoup.com/for-sale/new/Ford/Explorer/ "2015 Ford Explorer") abounds with clever storage solutions and generous head and shoulder room, three rows of flexible seating, and room for all the gear families invariably take along on their adventures.

A new appearance package for Explorer XLT brings a stylish look to a utility that features rugged capability, surprising efficiency and high-tech features that enhance the driving experience. The optional new appearance package delivers sport-inspired design to Explorer’s highly successful and very capable XLT series, which includes 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets; Black body-side cladding and roof-rack rails; and Magnetic Metallic painted grille, mirror caps and liftgate appliqué.

The performance-oriented features of the 2015 Explorer include an electric power-assisted steering system that gives great responsiveness to drivers in on-road and off-road situations, and large brakes for shorter stopping distances and better performance when towing.

2015-Ford-Explorer-interiorAlso new, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels are now standard on base model Explorer. The Explorer’s standard engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 delivering 290 horsepower. It is mated to Ford’s six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission. Ford Explorer V-6 models are available with an intelligent 4WD system that adds terrain management. A driver need only turn the console-mounted knob to the proper setting for snow, sand, mud or normal mode. In addition, the system includes hill descent mode. The Explorer also offers the advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, delivering the power of a normally aspirated V-6 without compromise to its four-cylinder fuel economy. This direct-injected, turbocharged and intercooled engine delivers an estimated 237 horsepower.

Base model estimated miles per gallon: 17/24. Estimated starting price: $30,600.

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