2017 Ford Explorer

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Ford Explorer highlights

Customer rating


  • Standard comfort and convenience
  • Powerful engine options
  • Lots of cargo space


  • Can feel a bit large out on the road
  • Third-row space is tight
  • Dated design is at the end of the fifth generation (2011-2019)

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 22 highway, 18 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)


Do-it-all family SUV

The Explorer is a must-have on your test drive list, and the 2017 is a great place to start. Ford's versatile SUV has some great trim levels to choose from, including Base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. You'll get a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces a solid 290 horsepower. Or if you are a bit more mpg-focused, an optional turbocharged 2.3L makes 270 horsepower. Those looking to max out the horsepower should look for the optional turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine with a stout 365 horsepower. There is definitely a 2017 Explorer for every need.

All Ford Explorer years

What is new for the 2017 Ford Explorer?

  • Explorer trims have been upgraded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Leather & Suede Seats and Seat Massagers features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Platinum trim now comes with Vinyl Seats as standard equipment.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Heated Steering Wheel, Power Hatch/Deck Lid, and Navigation System as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2017 Ford Explorer

1. Three engine options 

Start with the V6 engine that puts out 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque (standard on Base, XLT, and Limited). Or, for those who are a bit more mpg conscious, you can find an optional turbo 2.3L four-cylinder engine making 270 horsepower that gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined city/highway. For those needing a bit more power, search out lots for a turbo 3.5L V6 engine that puts out a healthy 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque (Explorer Sport and Platinum).  

2. Lots of standard features 

Even though it is called the "Base" trim, it has many great standard features. You'll find stuff like automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, rear privacy glass, and handy roof rails. Interior standard features include air-conditioning, rearview camera, cruise control, rear climate controls, a 60/40-split second-row seat, a 50/50-split third-row seat, plus a six-way power driver seat.  

3. Optional extras 

There are some great packages available as well. Use our features filter to find the 201A package, and you'll get upgrades like a larger touchscreen (eight inches vs. the standard 4.2 inches), dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an eight-way power passenger seat, and a nine-speaker sound system. Or you can find the 202A package with upgrades like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and front parking sensors. 

5. Top spec trims  

Those with a need to max out the luxury factor should search our lots for the Explorer Platinum, which has upgraded leather upholstery, a dual-panel sunroof, aluminum and wood interior trim, and a premium Sony® audio system. Or, if you want a sportier experience, look for the Explorer Sport, which has 20-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, and more. Both trim levels also get the largest 365 horsepower engine.  

4. More space for fun 

Seating for seven is a great place to start, with captain's chairs in the second row and a folding bench in the back. However, the 2017 Explorer has a few more tricks to help you maximize the fun on your next outing. With the seats folded, you'll get 21 cu-ft of space behind the third row, with a maximum of 80.7 cu-ft of space. That means more room for friends, family, and gear out on the open road. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2017 Ford Explorer is a car that customers think is spacious and smooth. It handles well in all weather conditions and gets good gas mileage.
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

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

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