2015 Ford Explorer review

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Ford Explorer highlights

Customer rating


  • Cabin feels plush and upscale
  • Plenty of tech features for the year
  • Comfortable ride


  • Cargo space and rear legroom are lacking compared to rivals
  • It feels cumbersome behind the wheel

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 22 highway, 18 combined

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What is new for the 2015 Ford Explorer?

  • Explorer trims have been upgraded with Vinyl Seats, Power Folding Third Row, Rear Seat Heaters, Tow Hitch, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment this year.
  • Sunroof(s) and Leather & Suede Seats features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Base trim now comes with Alloy Wheels and Sync System as standard equipment.
  • The XLT trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2015 Ford Explorer

1. Roomy and comfortable interior

The 2015 Ford Explorer is built with families and groups in mind. With seating for up to seven passengers and 39.8 inches of legroom in the second row and 33.8 inches in the third row, your passengers won't feel cramped during long road trips. The Explorer's seats are well-cushioned and supportive, making even the longest road trips comfortable. When it comes to cargo space, the Explorer has 21 cu-ft behind the third row, 43.8 cu-ft with the third row down, and a massive 80.7 cu-ft with all the rear seats lowered. You can haul ALL the garage sale finds!

2. Impressive towing capacity

Need to tow a boat, camper, or trailer? The Explorer can handle it. With either V6 engine and the available towing package, the 2015 Ford Explorer can tow up to an estimated maximum of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The tow package adds additional features needed for towing, such as an engine oil cooler, trailer connectors, and a frame-mounted hitch. The Explorer lets you bring all your big toys along on your next adventure, whether it's a camping trip or a day at the lake.

3. Advanced driving features

The 2015 Ford Explorer is loaded with advanced driver assistance features that act as a copilot's second set of eyes when you're out on the road. It comes with standard features like a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, as well as available features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. That last one is phenomenal on long road trips with straight roads, as it automatically keeps a fixed distance from the vehicle in front of you.

4. Smooth and powerful engines

The 2015 Ford Explorer has three engines to meet your driving needs. The smallest is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower, plenty of power for everyday driving. If you need more power for towing, check out the 3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower. Then there's the hot rod of the group, a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine that cranks out 365 horsepower and enough torque to make short work of highway on-ramps. All are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, driving the front or all four wheels. From steep hills to highway passing power, the Explorer doesn't break a sweat.

5. High-tech features

The 2015 Ford Explorer is packed with technology features that make your driving experience more enjoyable. It comes standard with Ford's SYNC® system, which allows you to control your music and make hands-free calls with voice commands. Other available features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a Sony® premium audio system, and a dual-panel moonroof that lets in plenty of natural light. The available power liftgate opens at the push of a button, so you don't have to fumble with unlocking and opening it when your hands are full of groceries.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2015 Ford Explorer is a spacious, comfortable, and reliable SUV. Customers like the third row, the backup camera, and the leather seats.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Explorer an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Explorer 23rd out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Ford Explorer features and specs

Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sony Sound System
  • Sync System
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Sony Sound System
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.6"/M 39.8"/R 33.2"

Head room

F 41.4"/M 40.5"/R 37.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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