2015 Ford Explorer

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2015 Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Explorer

New for 2015

Changes to the Ford Explorer for 2015 have been limited to cosmetic items: the base model gets 18-inch alloy wheels; options now include heated second-row seats, rear seatbelt airbags, adaptive cruise control, and park assist; an XLT package offers the Sport model styling; and three new exterior colors have been added.

Vehicle Overview

The Explorer is Ford’s three-row crossover that seats up to seven passengers. Also available as a higher-performance Sport model, the Explorer sits above the Escape and below the Expedition in Ford’s lineup.

Summary

The Ford Explorer is available with three different engines paired to a six-speed automatic and in front- or all-wheel drive forms. The volume Explorer gets a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 255 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the volume 3.5-liter V-6 is 17/23-24 mpg city/highway. Buyers who want more efficiency can opt for the FWD-only turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 that makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, which earns EPA estimates of 20/28 mpg. The most powerful engine goes with the Explorer Sport: a 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that makes 350 lb-ft of torque, and demands the AWD system to assist in putting that power to the road. EPA numbers are 16/22 mpg.
The 2015 Ford Explorer has not been evaluated by the NHTSA or IIHS, but for 2014 received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received four good ratings and marginal in the small front overlap category.

What We Think

The Ford Explorer is one of the best-selling three-row crossovers on the market, but it’s based off an old platform that dates back to 1999. New technology, horsepower, and a handsome exterior can’t make up for the Explorer’s functional shortcomings. Space in the second row, not to mention the optional third row, is inadequate, and several editors’ children complained when they were stuffed into the second row for road trips. Limited outward visibility also hampers the Explorer, which carries over into the Sport and the fact that the last thing you’ll feel comfortable doing is sporty driving.

In a 2013 Family Crossover Comparison (and indeed, every review of the current-gen Explorer) we complained about the MyFord Touch infotainment system. It’s not just inconvenient, it’s distracting. In the crossover comparison we matched the Explorer against a Honda Pilot, where the Ford lost. We cited deficient packaging, limited visibility, a wide center tunnel, high door sills, and the awful infotainment system as reasons for the loss to the admittedly logical, but appliance-like, Honda.

My advice is to consider one of the Explorer's excellent competitors, like the Dodge Durango, or, if you want to stay in the Ford family, the excellent Flex.
You’ll Like
  • Handsome exterior styling
  • Strong powertrain
  • AWD capable in the snow
You Won’t Like
  • Big on the outside, small on the inside
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Awkward design elements make it functionally difficult to use
Key Competitors
  • Honda Pilot
  • Dodge Durango
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Ford Flex
  • Mazda CX-9

Rating

2
2016 Ford Explorer Prototype Front End View
On sale since 2011, the current Ford Explorer is due for a refresh, and now a camouflaged prototype has been spotted. Despite the black and white zebra-style disguise, these images reveal the 2016 Ford Explorer is getting a revised front and rear.
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$29,021
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$30,700
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Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
17 MPG City | 24 MPG Hwy
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Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
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2015 Ford Explorer Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
Horsepower:
290 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
255 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
PARKING BRAKE
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 23, 2015, Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 21, 2015, and 2015-2016 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 23, 2015. The affected vehicles have a parking brake that may not fully engage when applied. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
Consequences
If the parking brake does not fully engage and the transmission is left in a gear other than 'Park' while on a slope, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will test the operation of the parking brake system, and if necessary, replace the parking brake control assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 31, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C07.
Potential Units Affected
7,165
Notes
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NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Ford Explorer

Depreciation
39.8%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$16,592
39.8%
Insurance
$7,010
16.8%
Fuel Cost
$11,904
28.5%
Financing
$3,101
7.4%
Maintenance
$1,985
4.8%
Repair Costs
$668
1.6%
State Fees
$448
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $41,708 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average