SUV Made For A Family – 2017 Ford Explorer Review

2017 Ford Explorer Review

The new 2017 Ford Explorer is an excellent family-friendly SUV that offers sharp styling, plenty of passenger space, and a comfortable ride quality. Furthermore, its cargo space is generous, its cabin quiet on the highway, and its turbocharged engine powerful. Some of changes that have made it to the 2017 model year roster include optional running boards, a new Sync 3 infotainment system, and the addition of the Explorer XLT Sport Appearance package. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

2017 Ford Explorer Sport side view, red color, alloy wheels

Review In A Nutshell

We kid you not, the new 2017 Ford Explorer is an all-rounded three-row SUV that is an excellent option for hauling larger family around, especially when a minivan route isn’t even an option. One notable facelift that manages to stand out among all the rest is the Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package. This is an optional add-on for buyers intending to get a dose of sporty appearance. It’ll now bring the total number of models to six. Other versions/trims include the Explorer Platinum edition, Explorer Sport, Explorer Limited, Explorer XLT, and the Explorer base.


Needless to say, buyers of the Explorer have shown particular interest in purchasing unique models. To wit, 30% of all Explorer sales in the USA are accounted for by the top-of-the-range Explorer Sport, and Explorer Platinum. It is also imperative to note that the 2017 Ford Escape slated to go for sale just about the same time as the Explorer, is also set to feature the new Sport Appearance Package.

What Are The Major Updates?

Some of the updates offered inside and out by the Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package include Magnetic Gray mirror caps, 20-inch Magnetic Gray Wheels, Black roof rack, Magnetic Gray grille, Explorer hood badge, Ebony Black body side cladding, Explorer logo floor mats, and Dark Earth Gray leather for front seats. “We’ve been working closely with Ford Design to offer consumers stuff that they consider unique, ranging from bespoke interior appointments to unique colors, said Omar Odeh, Explorer brand marketing manager.

Trim Differences?

Every model within the 2017 Ford Explorer trim range offers some distinctness that resonates well with individual customer needs. The base model for instance, goes for sale for an MSRP starting from around $30K. It does with less power but drives bigger than it actually looks. Those who find the Explorer Sport fascinating will probably fall head over heels with its punchy turbocharged V6 engine and its sharper handling. When properly equipped, expect the maximum towing capacity to stand at 5,000 pounds.

Are There Any Cons?

It’d be advisable to take your nitpicking safari elsewhere if you’re looking for some gripes. In fact, the only foible that one can find on the 2017 Ford Explorer is perhaps the seven-passenger seating capacity it offers unlike most of its rivals that offer one additional seat. Well, for those still think the new 2017 Explorer still offers the short end of the stick relative to other vehicles, here’s the list of alternatives you can consider as well – 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, 2017 Toyota Highlander, 2017 Honda Pilot, and the 2017 GMC Acadia.

When To Expect The 2017 Ford Explorer To Be Released? What Is The Price?

MSRP pricing with the destination charge included is as follows – Explorer XLT – $35,775, Explorer Limited – $41,525, Explorer Platinum – $53,235, Explorer Base – $31,160, and the Explorer Sport – $45,205. Its release date has been set for the first quarter of 2017.

2017 Ford Explorer Exterior Changes

As can be seen from the pictures, the new model is rugged, capable, and gives the impression of motion even when standstill. Although the changes over the existing model are subtle, they go a long way in burnishing its appeal. Exterior updates include improved aerodynamics, a redesigned rear spoiler, more menacing grille, and robust headlamps.
2017 Ford Explorer Sport exterior, grille and headlights

2017 Ford Explorer Interior

There’s plenty to like about the cabin. In fact, statistics show that most buyers that buy the Explorer are previous owners of a luxury vehicle. Some of the standard accessories to be in the lookout for include an eight-way power driver seat, cruise control, a rearview camera, a rear privacy glass, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB/auxiliary audio inputs, and the Sync infotainment system.

2017 Ford Explorer interior, leather seats, steering wheel, dashboard and gear shift knob

What Are The Available Trims?

Explorer Platinum edition, Explorer Sport, Explorer Limited, Explorer XLT, and the Explorer base. The 2017 Ford Explorer Track review is offered elsewhere on our blog.

Engine Specs

Three engines are available for the 2017 Ford Explorer – a 290 horsepower 3.5L V6, a 280 horsepower turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder, and a 365 horsepower – yielding turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine.

2017 Ford Explorer engine

Safety Review

In NHTSA crash testing, the Ford Explorer 2017 earned a five out of five star rating for overall crash impact protection. The IIHS also gave it the top rating of “Good” for overall impact and strength tests. Evidently, the new model is not only big on performance and versatility, but it’s also incredibly safe.

Photos gallery

2017 Ford Explorer white color, front view, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Ford Explorer white color, rear view, taillights

2017 Ford Explorer front angle, headlights and grille

2017 Ford Explorer auto show, red color, side angle

2017 Ford Explorer Platinum rear angle, taillights

2017 Ford Explorer Sport badges

2017 Ford Explorer interior, gear shift knob and leather seats

2017 Ford Explorer interior, soonroof and back seats

2017 Ford Explorer Sport interior

2017 Ford Explorer trunk

2017 Ford Explorer cargo spce