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2018 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer


2017 Ford Explorer

3.5-liter V6


3.5-liter V6
290 hp


290 hp
255 lb-ft


255 lb-ft

Serving Columbus, Westerville, and Gahanna, OH

Thanks to being instrumental in popularizing the very concept of the SUV, the Ford Explorer remains one of the most recognizable vehicles of its kind in the market. Currently in its fifth generation of production, the Explorer got a mid-cycle facelift in the 2016 model year. Such updates carried over into the 2017 and 2018 model years, thus keeping the vehicle fresh in an ever-competitive segment. Regardless of what model year you go with, the Explorer is a strong choice for a midsize SUV: thanks mainly to a powerful twin-turbocharged engine, a user-friendly infotainment system, and the availability of several premium features.


Whether you are accelerating, merging into traffic, or switching lanes, the 2017/2018 Ford Explorer will be able to handle such actions quickly and effectively. For the very most out of your powertrain, go with the upper-level Sport or Platinum trim, which are each loaded with the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. This powerplant unloads quite a punch with its output of 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Indeed, the EcoBoost V6 rivals the output of some competitors’ larger V8 engines. Worthy of note, however, are two other engines: the 3.5-liter Duratec V6, which produces 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque; and the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder (I4), which generates 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. For a racing-style driving feel or greater control over gear shifting, go with the Sport for the addition of paddle shifters. And for maximizing fuel efficiency to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway while having sufficient power, go with the EcoBoost I4. Notably, on the 2018 model year, Ford gives the Sport quad exhaust tips for enhancing the twin-turbo V6’s performance.


The 2017 edition of the Explorer marked the year in which Ford replaced the longstanding MyFord Touch with a more user-friendly and responsive infotainment system: SYNC 3. Armed with voice-activated technology, SYNC 3 quickly reacts to your commands. Also, you can use the accompanying color touchscreen to make your selections, use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to execute commands with your smartphone, and rely on Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming. On the 2018 model, Ford adds the SYNC Connect app for a range of remote features such as vehicle start, locking and unlocking doors, and locating the Explorer.

Platinum Trim

For the very best of what the 2017/2018 Ford Explorer has to offer, there’s the top-of-the-line Platinum trim. Already equipped with the nameplate’s most powerful engine—which is connected to dual chrome exhaust tips—it rides on distinctive 20-inch bright-machined wheels with dark-painted pockets. Also unique to the Platinum trim are a dual-panel moonroof, Nirvana leather upholstery with micro-perforation and quilted inserted, second-row heating capability, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with stitching and wood trim.

Want to take either the 2017 edition or the 2018 edition of the Ford Explorer for a spin or two? At our dealership, we pride ourselves on being attentive to the needs and desires of our customers by providing a well-trained and experienced sales staff, in addition to a comprehensive collection of vehicles to choose from. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Ford Explorer experts.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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