Few vehicles have developed to meet the needs of the market more clearly than the 2018 Ford Explorer, and none have done it better.
2018 Ford Explorer
Why Buy the Ford Explorer?
The 2018 Ford Explorer is a full-size crossover, which means it's the right type of vehicle for the majority of SUV buyers. Perhaps the only reason some buyers might shy away from the Explorer is if they want or need something a little smaller. Even if you don't need all seven seats on a regular basis, the Explorer is a great-looking vehicle with all the versatility and capability you could want. On top of that though, the Ford also offers very good handling for a large SUV, better fuel economy than you might expect, impressive engines and much improved infotainment.
Which Explorer is Best?
Most people will gravitate towards whatever the highest trim of the Explorer that their budget will allow, which is true for almost any vehicle and human nature. The Explorer is currently available in five different trim levels, which start with the base Explorer and then go up through XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum.
The Sport and Platinum models should probably be viewed as two different top trim levels, each with a different approach to being the top of the lineup. The Platinum is all about comfort and convenience, while the Explorer Sport, as its name suggests, offers sportier styling and tuning.
Are Explorers Good Cars?
Today's Explorers are not just good vehicles; they're the culmination of a long history of change and development to meet the needs and desires of a changing market. The Ford started off in 1991 as a compact SUV, grew into a midsize SUV in 1995, and then morphed into a full-size crossover with the introduction of the fifth-generation in 2010 as a 2011 model year.
In its current form, the Explorer can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's a powerful, sporty, and capable SUV for weekend adventures; a good value family hauler; a comfortable and stylish commuter vehicle; or just about anything else. With the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four, the Explorer even offers fuel economy ratings as good as 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.
What's the Difference Between the Explorer, the Escape, and the Edge?
The main differences between the Explorer, the Escape, and the Edge are size and power. The Escape is a compact five-seat crossover, the Edge is a midsize crossover, and the Explorer sits in the full-size area of the segment.
To give an idea of how much these three differ in size, the Escape offers 98.1 cu.-ft. of passenger volume to seat five, the Edge sees that figure rise considerably to 113.9 cu.-ft to also seat five., but the Explorer really ups the ante to a massive 151.7 cu.-ft and seats seven. Of course, all that size means a fair amount of power is needed, so the Explorer is also the most powerful of the trio with engine options of 255, 310 and 350 horsepower to choose from.