The new Ford Explorer faces an uphill battle in a segment increasingly filled with formidable competition. The midsize SUV market has seen a surge in recent years, with the segment now dominated by stalwart models such as the Honda Pilot, the Toyota Highlander and the Chevrolet Traverse. As a result, Ford has had to craft a compelling package to ensure the Explorer stands out when compared to its rivals.
The Explorer boasts a range of features designed to tantalize prospective buyers, including a number of powertrains and trim levels. At the base end, the Explorer comes equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower. For buyers looking for additional power, Ford offers two V6 engine options: a 3.0-liter EcoBoost that produces 365 hp and a 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 that churns out 290 hp.
In terms of equipment, the Explorer is no slouch. Standard features include an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a hands-free liftgate and a slew of safety and driver-assistance technologies. In addition, higher trim levels come with a host of amenities such as four-wheel-drive, a panoramic moonroof, a B&O sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
In order to best its competitors, the Explorer must prove itself on the road. With its combination of power, technology, and comfort, the Explorer appears to have the chops to go toe-to-toe with the competition. Buyers looking to get the most out of their midsize SUV experience will likely find the Explorer an appealing choice.