2017 Ford Explorer Review

Families throughout Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville seeking a talented midsize people mover will find when reviewing the 2017 Ford Explorer that the SUV is more than up for the challenge. The 2017 version features a new sport appearance package as well as Ford's advanced SYNC® 3 infotainment system, making the journey between point A and point B even more of an adventure. 


2017 Ford Explorer: EcoBoost® Power

Under the hood of the 2017 Ford Explorer, one of three energized engines lay in waiting. The first is the Explorer's standard motor, a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower.

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The next motor up is a four-cylinder 2.3-liter offering with Ford's EcoBoost turbocharging technology. EcoBoost allows just as much power to be produced from a smaller engine, amounting to higher efficiency trips. A top EcoBoost edition of the standard engine is also available, and turbocharging ups this motor's power output up to an impressive 365 horses.

The 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost provides the highest return on fuel, achieving an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg for city and highway driving.

Paired with the car's responsive steering and smooth handling, the Explorer's energized engines prove that SUVs can and should be fun to drive.

Like its previous versions, the 2017 Explorer comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional.

The 2017 Explorer features three engine options:                  

  • 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower
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  • 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost with 280 horsepower
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  • 3.6-liter V6 EcoBoost with 365 horsepower
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  • Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
 

SUV Space and Capability

The Explorer's trim range for 2017 remains the same, offering five familiar trim styles: Explorer, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Each of these trims comes with two seating rows standard. When equipped with the available PowerFold® third row bench seat, the Ford Explorer provides roomy accommodations for up to seven travelers.

Cargo is king in an SUV of any size, and the Ford Explorer fulfills this requirement with ease. A split folding function in both the second and third row seats (60/40 in the second and 50/50 in the third) allows drivers desirable flexibility for allocating cargo room as they wish. When all of the Explorer's seats are folded down flush, a flat load surface is created with a spacious 81.7 cubic feet to fill.

The Explorer is your go-to vacation vehicle. When properly equipped with the available Class III Trailer Tow Package, a V6 Explorer version can tow up to 5,000 pounds, pacing your speedboat or small camper with ease.

  • The 2017 Explorer seats five to seven passengers, depending on the version you select.
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  • 81.7 cubic feet of total cargo room is available.
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  • When properly equipped, the 2017 Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Say Hello to SYNC® 3

2017 Ford Explorer InteriorFord's forward-thinking infotainment technology system known as SYNC 3 is now available on the 2017 Explorer. Next-generation voice-activated technology allows you to simply say what you'd like the system to do and your wish is its (voice) command. For example, saying "Call Brian" will connect to Bluetooth® and your phone book to instantaneously start a new outgoing call hands-free.

SYNC 3 also features an enhanced touchscreen that responds faster than previous versions and is more sensitive to light taps and touches. From adjusting the temperature inside the cabin to selecting a new playlist, SYNC 3 allows you to easily manage media and more.

  • The all-new SYNC 3 system affords owners advanced voice-activated technology and rapid response from its updated touchscreen. 

Test Drive the 2017 Ford Explorer at Richmond Ford Lincoln

Ready to get behind the wheel of the new Ford Explorer? Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area drivers can head to Richmond's Hometown Favorite Dealer to check out the 2017 Explorers we have in stock. With a variety of trim levels, colors, and package options available, you're sure to find the Explorer that suits you.

To get started, view our 2017 Explorer inventory online and click on 20-Minute Test Drive to schedule your own personal evaluation at a time that works for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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