2019 Ford Explorer

Buyer's Guide

Ford’s Explorer wasn’t the first compact/mid-size SUV, but shortly after its introduction in 1990 it was among the most popular, quickly catching up to the Jeep Cherokee despite that model having had more than a five-year head start.

Call that a testament to Ford’s ability to turn just about any vehicle segment it touches to gold: the Explorer’s explosion onto the marketplace spawned all kinds of competitors from all kinds of manufacturers and created the juggernaut that SUVs have become in North America.

For 2019, Explorer’s changes are minor: the base trim is gone, leaving XLT as the entry point; XLT is now standard with a 2.3L Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder engine and optional with a 3.5L V6, the opposite of last year’s model. All Explorer trims are now 4WD (the XLT used to start out as a front-driver) and come standard with blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert.

New to the option sheet is an XLT Copper package that adds 20-inch wheels, chrome side mirrors and black leather seating to the entry-level XLT trim.

The Explorer is otherwise carried over from 2018. The 2.3L engine makes 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque in XLT and Limited trims, while the optional 3.5L is good for 290 hp and 255 lb-ft in naturally aspirated form. Turbocharging helps the V6 produce 365 hp and 350 lb-ft in the Explorer’s Sport and Platinum trims.

Making the Explorer all AWD all the time means all versions get Ford’s terrain management system, which tailors the behaviour of the 4WD system, transmission and engine controls to a variety of environmental conditions at the twist of a dial on the centre console.

Platinum trim turns the Explorer into a pretty solid luxury vehicle with features like a dual-panel sunroof, heated steering wheel, front and rear exterior cameras, LED headlights, hands-free tailgate, power-folding side mirrors, power-adjustable steering column and pedals, navigation, power-folding third-row seats and heated second-row seating.

While the Explorer is positioned above the Flex in Ford’s SUV lineup, there’s a lot of overlap between the two in terms of interior space and towing capacity; Explorer’s specs line up nicely against cars like the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Chevrolet Traverse, while the Dodge Durango, which seems like a more natural competitor, boasts a bigger tow rating and can be fitted with a muscle car V8 in its SRT variant.

Ford’s fuel consumption estimates for the Explorer are 13.1/9.2 L/100 km (city/highway) with the four-cylinder engine and 15.2/10.9 for Sport and Limited models with their turbo V6.

2019 Ford Explorer Specifications

There are 4 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $43,099 MSRP
11.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
290 hp @6500 rpm
Number of seats 7
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
XLT 4WD $43,099 7 SUV
XLT 4WD 290 hp @6500 rpm 255 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
XLT 4WD 198.3" N/A 70" 112.8"
XLT 4WD
XLT 4WD N/A
XLT 4WD
XLT 4WD
Limited 4WD $50,499 7 SUV
Limited 4WD 290 hp @6500 rpm 255 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
Limited 4WD 198.3" N/A 70" 112.8"
Limited 4WD
Limited 4WD Leather Seats
Limited 4WD
Limited 4WD
Sport 4WD $54,599 7 SUV
Sport 4WD 365 hp @5500 rpm 350 ft-lb @3500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
Sport 4WD 198.3" N/A 70" 112.8"
Sport 4WD
Sport 4WD Leather Seats
Sport 4WD
Sport 4WD
Platinum 4WD $60,999 7 SUV
Platinum 4WD 365 hp @5500 rpm 350 ft-lb @3500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
Platinum 4WD 198.3" N/A 70" 112.8"
Platinum 4WD
Platinum 4WD Leather Seats
Platinum 4WD
Platinum 4WD

News & Features

by Chris Chase
January 14, 2019
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Owner Reviews: 2019 Ford / Explorer

Average Rating

1996 Ford Explorer

by Adrienne_Smith on 10-20-2012
The Ford Explorer really isn't for everyone
My Mum has driven this car from New and has put in a pretty big coin in to keep it going. She was never a frequent driver so it really shouldn't have a lot of wear and tear on it. In fact, my 3 year old Honda CR-V has more mileage on it than her 16 year old car. Having said that, it's seriously falling apart. The wheels and brakes hesitate before doing what you want them to do, to the point of leaving butterflies in your stomach and making your heart stop for a sec. It's also not designed for anyone who is even slightly over weight with short legs. I have to squish against the steering wheel just to reach the brakes. Some might like this car, but I think for someone like me who wants the car to respond when I tell it to. No thanks.
Overall
1.5
Comfort
1/5
Performance
1/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
1/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
1/5
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2012 Ford Explorer

Trim: xlt
by cgn2012 on 10-13-2012
great suv
This suv is great looking and fun to drive. The my ford touch is easy to navigate. The sunroof is large and great with the two shades. There is lots of room to have 7 people in there also.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2002 Ford Explorer

Trim: 4.0L V6 XLT
by ksturgeon95 on 10-13-2012
Had a long, hard life
Ever since buying my 2002 Ford explorer that had 30,000 km's on it; I have always been happy wityh the fact that it's always been reliable, the only big problem this vehicle did have throught its life was the transmission needed to be replaced, other than that this old beast has been nothing but built ford tough! just rolled over 400,000 km's now and still no problems! Very satisfied!
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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