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About the 2018 Ford Explorer

Vehicle Summary

The 2018 Ford Explorer is a solid performing midsize SUV, perfect if you like a large vehicle with ample elbow room and cargo space — a generous 21 cubic feet and 80.7 cubic feet including the seating area. On the Limited, Platinum, Sport, and XLT trims, the 2018 Explorer offers the option of captain chairs that slide and recline which make it easier to get in and out for your third-row passengers.

The new-for-2018 Safe and Smart™ package (not available on the base model, optional for the Limited, XLT, and Sport models, and standard on the Platinum) includes cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control, giving you more tech for your money. With a host of updated features like these, it's clear the Ford Explorer has evolved with the times since its debut in the 1991 model year.

This SUV is available in three different drivetrains with multiple seating configuration options, so one of them is sure to match your needs.

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Q: What engines are available in the 2018 Ford Explorer?

A: The base and XLT trims give you a 290-hp, 3.5L V6, six-speed automatic transmission, and requires regular fuel.

The Limited trim includes 280-hp, 2.3L inline-four, six-speed automatic, and requires premium fuel.

The Sport and Platinum trims include a 365-hp, 3.5L V6, six-speed automatic, and also requires premium fuel.

Q: Does the 2018 Ford Explorer have 3rd row seating?

A: The 2018 Ford Explorer offers three rows of seats and plenty of space for your camping gear and sporting equipment with room left over for your pets. Depending on the configuration you choose, it will seat up to seven of your friends, with a 60/40 split bench or captain chairs in the second row. The last row comes as a 50/50 split-folding bench seat.

Q: Is the Ford Explorer considered a midsize or a full-size SUV?

A: The Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV with plenty of space for six or seven people and cargo space too. The Explorer's big brother, the Expedition, is the full-size SUV in Ford's production line.

2018 Ford Explorer Trim Configurations

Options include Base, Limited, Platinum, Sport, and XLT.

Base model - The base trim level comes with a 3.5L V6 engine as well as an option of FWD or AWD. It also includes tech features like SYNC® infotainment interface, a 4.2-inch color display, voice command, Bluetooth®, a USB port, six speakers, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, MyKey® parental control system, and a rearview camera.

XLT - After the base trim comes the XLT, which also features a 3.5L V6 engine and FWD or AWD, but also features satellite radio, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, door keypad access, proximity key, push-button start, and upgraded brakes.

Limited - The Limited trim gives you a turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost® engine, also with FWD or AWD, and takes things a step above the XLT with tech features like a 12-speaker Sony® audio system, upgraded SYNC 3 interface, an eight-inch touchscreen display, two 4.2-inch driver information displays, a 180-degree front parking camera, hands-free liftgate, and a 110-volt household power outlet. The interior sports dual-zone climate control, leather seating, heated/cooled front seats, heated second-row outboard seats (the seats nearest the doors), and power-folding third-row seats.

Sport - The sport gives you a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6, AWD, hill descent control, sport-tuned suspension, terrain management system, and an upgraded towing package.

Platinum - The 2018 Ford Explorer's highest trim package also features a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine and AWD, as well as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, active park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers and inflatable safety belts for the second-row seats nearest the doors. The interior also sports wood and leather trim.

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 2018 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 2018 Ford Explorer

Overall Rating

4.4 out of 5 (25 reviews)

A little disappointed

I recommend it because it has almost everything I wanted in a vehicle. Plus a few extra things I didn't know I wanted. there was just a little work that needed to be done.


  • Styling: looks very fancy and luxurious
  • Seat Comfort: hey love the cool and heated seats. I love that the heat goes up the back not just on the bottom as well as the cool. I also like that the back seats have the heat feature
  • Interior Space: I absolutely love all of the seating available in the vehicle. and if you don't want the seating you can turn it into storage with a click of a button


  • Fuel Economy: it is definitely not fuel efficient at all. I did not realize how much I was going to burn in this vehicle
  • Cabin Noise: it definitely is not as quiet inside as I would like. almost always sounds like there's a window open or a door open
  • Braking: considering I had to get the brakes fixed within the first few months of having it yeah that might have been a problem.

- Cari Lowery, 2018 Ford Explorer


it’s very spacious an I’m a tiny person an it’s a beautiful color all white. it brings me smiles every time I’m driving. Great on gas due to it having eco system. I truly believe this suv will allow me to travel the world with my children.


  • Cargo Space: fits 8 people comfortably
  • Fuel Economy: great on gas
  • Dashboard: tells you what’s going on with the car when needed


  • Cabin Noise:

- Beatrice Johnson, 2018 Ford Explorer

Excellent Ride!

I was surprised about the comfort of our Explorer 2018. The car handles great, it does not feel like a 4 cylinder car, it truly pushes out great torque and power. It handles great. It being a 7-seater, fits perfect for my family of 5. We have plenty of space, and the comfort it has, its second to none. I definitely recommend this car and the quality of vehicle CARMAX offers is unrivaled. I'd definitely buy again.


  • Fuel Economy: it definitely gives great mileage.
  • Cargo Space: Great cargo space. The rear seat stows down and provides lots of
  • Seat Comfort: I love the seat comfort it provides.

- Ron Castillo, 2018 Ford Explorer

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