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2017 Ford Explorer Review

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Published on June 09, 2018 with No Comments

The 2017 Ford Explorer will have a new XLT Sport Appearance package, as well as an upgraded interior. A hands-free lift gate will be standard on Sport models, while Sync 3 will be offered on the XLT and come standard on the Limited, Sport, and Platinum models.

Vehicle Summary

The 2017 Ford Explorer SUV offers three-row seating, can hold up to seven passengers, and is offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.


Ford offers the Explorer in five different trim levels including the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine for the base, XLT, and Limited, with the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 engine available. For the Sport and Platinum models, power comes in the form of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. All engine options will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

For 2017, the Ford Explorer keeps the same features and engine lineup from the previous model year, with the new XLT Sport Appearance package the biggest update. Offering some of the Sport model’s styling upgrades without the added price or EcoBoost V-6 engine, the XLT Sport Appearance package adds 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels, a Magnetic Gray grille, mirror caps, and rear applique, Ebony Black body side cladding, a black roof rack, and an Explorer hood badge. Inside, the new package will add Dark Earth Gray leather front seats, Dark Earth Gray Miko suede for seat backs and inserts with an Umber scrim and door trim inserts, Umber contrast stitching, and Explorer logo floor mats.

The Explorer XLT will also offer the newer SYNC 3 infotainment system, while the Limited, Sport, and Platinum models offer it as a standard feature.


The 2017 Ford Expedition features standard front, front-side, and curtain airbags, a third-row safety canopy, front passenger knee airbag, and rear outboard inflatable seatbelts. For the new model year, Ford has added adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support to the Blind Spot Information System. Inflatable rear safety belts have also been added as a standalone option for the Explorer XLT model. Lane keep assist and lane departure warning will only be offered on Limited and Platinum models.

Bottom Line

The Ford Explorer was refreshed for 2016, sporting a new look and upgrades to the engine and feature content. The 2017 Explorer doesn’t change much, but adds a new sport package to the XLT trim, as well as additional safety features.

In a 2016 Ford Explorer First Drive review, we said that the seating is more inboard than necessary, making it difficult to get in and out of the vehicle. Throttle input from the non-EcoBoost V-6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines isn’t great, but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost found in the Sport and Platinum models offer better acceleration and engaging driving experience.

The 2017 Ford Explorer comes standard with LED low-beam headlights on every trim.

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