The 2018 Ford Explorer: Refined, Not Remade
The 2018 Ford Explorer
The 2018 Ford Explorer isn’t going to break the formula that made it a perennial favourite in its category. But that’s a good thing. It’s near the end of its model cycle, so Ford is mostly just perfecting at this point. And it’s safe to say that they’ve gotten it right for 2018. Plus, they’ve added some exciting technology to keep the Explorer at the front of the pack.
The Explorer is equal parts rugged and sophisticated. For families and adventurers, the model has proven adept at bridging the gap between city and backroad. For each of these groups, especially families, safety is paramount. That’s why Ford is adding some impressive safety features to the midsize SUV.
Specifically, Ford equipped the 2018 Explorer with the available Safe and Smart Package. The Safe and Smart Package features some of the most advanced technology available today. You get Adaptive Cruise Control which lowers your highway speed to keep you a set distance away from traffic in front of you. Plus, the Blind Spot Information Centre alerts you to vehicles driving where you can’t see them. When traffic clears, your preset speed resumes. On top of that, there’s collision warning and automatic braking. Other features in the Safe and Smart Package include:
- Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane Keeping System
- With steering wheel vibration and automatic steering
- Rain-Sensing Wipers
- Available Auto High Beams
The 2018 ford Explorer will have an embedded 4G modem to allow for WiFi connectivity. SYNC Connect will allow drivers to access vehicle diagnostics and remotely lock/unlock their exploring using the FordPass app. With SYNC3 you can seamlessly connect your smartphone to control messaging and media. As with the 2017 model, Ford will be offering a Sony Audio System that delivers exceptional sound quality in a surprisingly quiet cabin.
If it’s not broken…
The 2018 Ford Explorer won’t receive any adjustments under the hood. Ford is making two engines available: a 280-horsepower 2.3L EcoBoost and 3.5L EcoBoost V6. The latter engine delivers 365 horsepower, making it more than powerful enough to satisfy the more adventurous “Explorers.” And of course, considering they both belong to the EcoBoost family, both engines deliver impressive fuel economy.
For those who prioritize safety and technology, the 2018 Explorer will certainly deliver. However, Given that the engine choices will be the same as 2017, some buyers may be tempted to acquire last year’s models instead. That decision may only become more tempting as incentives for new 2017 models increase.