CHANGES FOR 2014:
- Explorer Limited FWD no longer available.
- Automatic headlights standard on Explorer base.
Now in its fourth year of production, the unibody Explorer continues on with Base, XLT, Limited, and Sport trims and very little changes versus 2013. The Limited FWD combination has been culled, but automatic headlights have been added to base models.
The non-Sport Explorer uses a 3.5-litre V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine with six-speed automatic. Trim levels are the Base, XLT and Limited, both available with either engine. The V6 comes in front- or four-wheel drive, while the EcoBoost comes in front-wheel drive only. Sport models are available exclusively with four-wheel drive. All models have three rows of seats.
Features on the Base include 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, rear auxiliary climate control, air filtration, MyFord, front and rear floor mats, four 12-volt power points, power windows with driver's auto up/down, power locks, map lights in all three rows, front and rear scuff plates, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system, Ford MyKey, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, media hub with auxiliary jack, Ford SYNC, cloth seats, 60/40 split-fold-flat second row, 50/50 split-fold third row, Foundry Gray grille, dual chrome exhaust tips, automatic headlights, chrome liftgate trim, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors, LED taillights, black roof side rails, body-colour liftgate spoiler, second and third row privacy glass, acoustic windshield glass, trailer swap control, hill start assist, airbags (front, front seat, front driver and passenger knee, side curtain), LATCH, TPMS, and remote keyless entry.
XLT trim adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, MyFord Touch, auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver/passenger auto up/down windows, leather wrapped steering wheel, reverse sensing system, eight-speaker premium audio system, media hub with USB/SD/AV input, satellite radio, 10-way power driver/6-way power passenger seats, chrome bodyside cladding, chrome door handles, satin silver grille, heated mirrors, fog lights, silver roof side rails, keyless entry keypad, and perimeter alarm.
Limited trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels, 110V power outlet, all-wheel drive, push button start, remote start, rearview camera, universal garage door opener, ambient lighting, power-adjustable pedals with memory, cargo net, 12-speaker Sony audio system, leather seating, body-colour grille, power folding mirrors with turn signal indicators, HID headlights, and power liftgate.
Sport trim adds 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, Sport badging throughout, lighted front scuff plates, power tilt/telescopic steering, Blind Spot Information System, sport seats, unique Sport exterior look, blacked out projector headlights, blacked out taillights, sport-tuned suspension. hill descent control, terrain management system, and unique 20-inch wheels.