The 2015 Ford Explorer comes as the 7 passenger SUV, but unlike other larger three rows crossovers it offers less rear-seat leg- and head-room. It also has smaller cargo-room that can become larger folding rear row seats that can be power-folded. Beside that it comes as a favorite midsize SUV because it offers advanced features, fuel efficient 4-cylinder and strong V-6 engines and comfortable ride and handling.
2015 Ford Explorer review
The 2015 Ford Explorer in past years changed its design. Till now it lose its truck-like design and become more manageable to use it every day. New Explorer is now a rough small utility vehicle with plenty inside space. As standard equipment it has 18” alloy wheels, roof rails, automatic headlights. With higher trim levels come some additional features like foglights, rear parking sensors. For this year there is sport-appearance package for XLT trim level. With this package this 7 passenger SUV gets bigger wheels, and darker grille which make the new Explorer sportier.
Inside the new Explorer there is room for max 7 passengers. The third row of seats can be equipped to be powered. That gives an option to power-fold flat. When the seats are folded new Ford SUV have 80,7 cubic feet of cargo area. The standard equipment that comes in base model are single-zone climate control, powered driver’s seat, audio system with 6 speakers and auxiliary inputs, Ford’s MyKey, Roll Stability Control and Curve Control. Optional equippments for the base model include Satelite radio, Sync and towing package. The mid-range trim level as optional equippment can have navigation, leather seats, dual-zone climatic control and blind-spot detection. The top trim levels, Limited and Sport models, offer to drivers to chose leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats and active cruise control.
2015 Ford Explorer mpg and towing capacity
The new Ford midsize SUV comes with three engine choices. First one comes as a standard. It is 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with 6-speed automatic transmission and the power can be delivered to front or optionally all wheels. With four-wheel-drive the new Explorer gets hill start assist, hill descent control and Ford’s Terrain management system which electronically optimizes traction depending on outside conditions. It has EPA estimated fuel efficiency rated at 20 mpg combined (17/24 mpg city/highway) with powered front wheels. The AWD lower gas mileage to 19 mpg combined (17/23 mpg city/highway). With this engine 2015 Ford Explorer from 0-60 mph runs in 8.1 seconds. With this engine and when it is properly 2015 Ford Explorer towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
Second engine is 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Like the first engine it also uses 6-speed automatic transmisson. When we speak about fuel economy it has respectably 23 mpg combined fuel consumption (20/28 mpg city /highway). From 0 to 60 mph it runs in 9.1 seconds. This engine optionaly comes only with four-wheel-drive Explorers. New Ford Explorer towing capacity with this engine and when it is properly equipped is 2,000 pounds.
Third sporty powerplant is 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine paired with 6-speed automatic transmisson. This engine makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque and it is available only with Explorer Sport 4WD models. It has EPA estimated fuel consumption rated at 18 mpg combined (16/22 mpg city/highway).
2015 Ford Explorer price
The 2015 Ford Explorer MSRP starts at around $31,500 for the base model. The price goes up with higher trim levels so Ford Explorer Sport starts at around $43,500. These prices are in range of some competitors like Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevy Traverse and Toyota Highlander.