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About the 2015 Ford Explorer

Vehicle Summary

Shopping for a three-row crossover SUV that's loaded with features? The 2015 Ford Explorer may have what you're looking for. In addition to seating up to seven passengers comfortably, you'll enjoy 21 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row in this large and versatile crossover. 

Under the hood, the 2015 Explorer is offered with two engine options (including a standard V6 and an optional turbocharged engine) plus available all-wheel drive for when life takes you off the beaten path. Regardless of trim level, the 2015 Explorer boasts standard features like full power accessories, roof rails for extra storage, and rear privacy glass. Overall, this three-row SUV is a sensible choice if you need a vehicle that's big on space. 

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Q: How many people does the 2015 Ford Explorer seat?

A: The 2015 Explorer can seat up to seven passengers. 

Q: What is the fuel economy of the 2015 Ford Explorer?

A: Fuel economy can vary based on engine size and other factors. However, the 2015 Explorer Base trim with 3.5L V6 engine and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined.1 Meanwhile, 2015 Explorer models with the optional turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive get an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.1

Q: How much can the 2015 Explorer tow?

A: When properly equipped, the 2015 Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds.2

Q: What engine is on a 2015 Ford Explorer?

A: The 2015 Explorer comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine, although a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine is optional. 

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Actual mileage will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See for more info.

2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories. 

Generation Overview

The 2015 Ford Explorer is part of the model's fifth generation of production, which spans from 2011 through 2019. When this generation debuted, it featured a new unibody construction that improved handling and maneuverability compared to its previous generation's body-on-frame construction. The fifth generation also debuted with a new standard 3.5L V6 engine to replace the existing V8, as well as new tech features and a more spacious cabin. 

Ford Explorer Engine Options 

Every fifth-generation Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine at 290 hp, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive (though four-wheel drive is optional). 

Beginning with the 2012 model year, all front-wheel drive Explorer models were offered with an optional turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 240 hp. From 2016 onward, this optional engine was further upgraded to a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder at 270-280 hp (varies by model year). 

The Sport trim, which debuted in 2013, is powered exclusively by a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine at 365 hp and comes standard with four-wheel drive. This same engine is also included on the Platinum trim, which was released for the 2016 model year. 

Ford Explorer Storage Space 

The fifth-generation Explorer boasts between 80 and 81.7 cubic feet of maximum storage space (varies by model year) with both second- and third-row seats folded down. Even with all three rows of seating intact, however, you'll enjoy a spacious 21-cubic-foot cargo area behind the third row. Need just a little extra storage space? The third row can be folded down to offer 43.8 cubic feet while the second-row seats remain usable on the 2015 model. 

Ford Explorer Trim Configurations

Explore some of the fifth-generation Explorer's key trim features for yourself below. Keep in mind that these features are specific to the 2015 model. 

Base (2011-2019)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • Roof rails 
  • Full power accessories 
  • Six-speaker sound system 
  • 4.2-inch central display 

XLT (2011-2019) 

  • Rear parking sensors 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • Eight-inch touchscreen interface 
  • Bluetooth® connectivity 
  • Six-way power driver and passenger seat 

Limited (2011-2019)

  • 20-inch wheels 
  • Keyless entry and ignition 
  • Leather seats with suede accents 
  • Body-colored door handles 
  • Available remote start3

Sport (2013-2019) 

  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Front sport seats 
  • Steering wheel paddle shifters 
  • Standard four-wheel drive 

3 Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smart phone. See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.

Safety Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's independent crash tests help you make informed decisions about vehicle safety. NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings give consumers insights into how vehicles perform in crash tests, with more stars equaling higher safety ratings. Here are the ratings for the 2015 Ford Explorer. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Visit to look up a specific vehicle.

NHTSA Overall Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.
Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side
Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.
Rear Passenger
Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Crash Ratings: Test data is combined to indicate overall safety by passenger location.
Front Seat
Back Seat
Rollover Resistance Test: A single vehicle moving at 55 mph loses control on a curve, leaves the road, and rolls over.
Rollover Rating
Dynamic Test Result
No Tip
Risk of Rollover

Reviews for 2015 Ford Explorer

Overall Rating

4.4 out of 5 (34 reviews)

Family Wagon Meets Muscle Car

The Explorer Sport model that I picked up is a great family vehicle with tons of room and great features. The fact that it is a Sport model with the 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo Ecoboost makes it a blast to drive and the Adaptive All Wheel Drive means it handles like a beast.


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  • Seat Comfort: The Leather Heated and Cooled Seats have a leg bolster that can get uncomfortable at times.

- Shane Dresser, 2015 Ford Explorer

Love my Beast

The payload on this vehicle is amazing. Also you can camp in it open the moonroof and look at the stars as you fall asleep. The ride is amazingly smooth and handles like a dream. I’ve nicknamed it the Beast due to how spacious it is and all the woodworking materials it hauls.


  • Ride and Handling: Drives like a car and not a truck
  • Interior Space: I’ve been camping with my Explorer and the interior space is more than I could ever imagine. It fits all my gear with room to spare.
  • Seat Comfort: Long drives are no problem with the comfortable seats.


  • Technology and Entertainment: Wish I could still get the sync system. They discontinued it prior to me purchasing my truck and wasn’t told about it. So now I can’t access a lot of the features.

- Beth Snith, 2015 Ford Explorer

Awesome Vehicle My Second Home

This vehicle has the fun factor with all the feature comforts. Heated Cool seats provides for comfort in any temperature, especially with an all black interior. The remote start even controls the heated and cooled seats. Mirror placement gives you good visibility along with the rear view camera. Kid friendly, yet the middle row seating is roomy enough 3 medium size adults. The cargo area is spacious even with the third row seating up, with extra space under the 3rd row. Compared to the Highlander, the Highlander cargo space is extremely limited. Good traction in the snow. Navigation allows you to avoid tolls, best traffic route, and adjust for fuel economy. This vehicle is my second home.


  • Interior Space: It surprisingly has more space compared to other vehicles in its class. I can load up the car with people and still have room for plenty of grocery.
  • Cabin Noise: Very quiet ride
  • Weather Versatility: No longer home bound during a snow storm and the heated/cooled seats bring comfort in any season.

- Moni G, 2015 Ford Explorer

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