2015 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 202B
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- 3.5L V6 Cylinder Engine
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- White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
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- Charcoal Black
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- Sport Utility
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews
2015 ford explorer
Edmunds.com Expert Review
The 2015 Ford Explorer isn't as versatile or roomy as some other large, three-row crossover SUVs, but is still a respectable pick in this class, thanks to its high-end cabin and long list of advanced features.
The 2015 Ford Explorer gets a new Appearance package for the XLT trim, as well as some minor changes to standard and optional equipment.Read more
Upscale cabin; abundant high-tech features; comfortable ride; fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine; strong turbocharged V6.
One of the original SUVs, the Ford Explorer has been providing family transportation for nearly 25 years. Today's 2015 model, the largest and most luxurious yet, provides three rows of seating, three different engine choices, decent cargo space for the kids and their stuff and a sleek and handsome profile. As such, this Ford is certainly a good fit for almost any family's garage.
Driving the Explorer on a daily basis is pleasant, thanks to its quiet interior and comfortable ride. You'll also likely be pleased with the interior's high-quality materials and big collection of standard and optional features. For power, the standard V6 should be good for most owners, but Ford also offers a couple of engine options, which is unusual for this class. For enhanced fuel economy, there's a turbocharged four-cylinder that will get you an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined. Or, for quicker acceleration and stronger performance when towing, there's a turbocharged V6 on the Explorer Sport model.
Unfortunately, there are some things that this tenured professor of SUV University doesn't do extremely well. While some crossovers have mastered the ability to drive smaller than they are, the Explorer is a bit the opposite and feels bulky and difficult to see out of and park. The interior isn't very roomy for this class of vehicle, either. Headroom in the second row is limited, and legroom in the optional third row isn't enough for anyone other than small children. Cargo capacity is adequate, but you'll be able to fit more stuff inside most other comparable rivals.
Luckily, there is no dearth of options in this segment. The Toyota Highlander is efficient, powerful and very comfortable. As such, it's one of our top picks. The Dodge Durango features a high-quality interior, along with some great user-friendly tech features. Also worth checking out is the roomier 2015 Chevrolet Traverse (or its twin, the GMC Acadia), the sporty Mazda CX-9 or Ford's own wagonlike Flex. Overall, we think the Edmunds.com "B" rated 2015 Ford Explorer is a respectable choice that can provide you with the right kind of utility and some extra style, but it's worth looking around in this ever-expanding segment before you make up your mind.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2015 Ford Explorer is a large three-row crossover SUV available in four trim levels: base, XLT, Limited and Sport.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, roof rails, cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a 60/40-split second-row seat, 50/50-split third-row seat, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 4.2-inch display screen and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The XLT adds upgraded brakes, foglights, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a keyless entry code pad, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Sync (Ford's voice-activated phone/entertainment interface), a six-way power front passenger seat, satellite radio and a USB port.
For the XLT, the Equipment Group 201A package adds a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker sound system and the Driver Connect package, which includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-inch touchscreen display (MyFord Touch), two USB ports, an SD card reader and upgraded Sync functionality. The 202A package includes all of the 201A equipment, plus leather upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way power driver seat with power-adjustable lumbar. With the 202A package equipped, the Appearance package becomes available, and it adds 20-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door handles, leather seats with suede inserts and unique floor mats.
The Limited gets the XLT 202A's equipment, plus 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, driver memory settings, power-adjustable pedals, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. Optional for the Limited is the 301A package, which includes a power liftgate, a power-folding operation for the third-row seat, an eight-way power passenger seat, a heated and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, ventilated front seats and a navigation system.
To this, the 302A package adds xenon headlights, automatic high-beam control, automatic windshield wipers, an automatic parallel-parking system, lane-departure and lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert and inflatable seatbelts for second-row outboard passengers. Adaptive cruise control with frontal-collision warning and brake priming is a stand-alone option. When the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is equipped, the 302A package becomes the 303A package, but the equipment is the same.
The Explorer Sport is equipped similarly to the Limited, but some of the Limited's standard features are optional here. You get different 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, front sport seats (with extra lateral bolstering) and unique interior and exterior trim details. The Sport's 401A package adds keyless ignition and entry, a power liftgate, 110-volt outlet, a front power passenger seat, driver memory settings, power-adjustable pedals, navigation system, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel and the Limited's optional safety features. The adaptive cruise control is again optional.
Other options for the XLT, Limited and Sport include a dual-panel sunroof, second-row captain's chairs and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual headrest-mounted displays.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Ford Explorer lineup offers a wide range of powertrains, allowing one to prioritize performance or fuel economy. As such, EPA fuel economy estimates range from fair to fairly impressive.
All 2015 Ford Explorers, except for the Sport, come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, you have your choice of front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive (there is no low-range gearing). Four-wheel-drive models get hill descent control, hill start assist and Ford's Terrain Management System, a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction electronically for different conditions.
In Edmunds testing, a four-wheel-drive Explorer Limited with the base V6 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, while a lighter 4WD XLT model was slightly quicker at 8.1 seconds -- these are average times for a large crossover SUV. A front-drive V6 Explorer returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway), and four-wheel drive lowers mileage to a still-respectable 19 mpg combined (17/23). We managed to earn 20 mpg on Edmunds.com's 120-mile evaluation route.
Optional on all front-wheel-drive Ford Explorers is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It also uses the six-speed automatic transmission. In Edmunds testing, a four-cylinder-equipped Explorer went from zero to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds, which is on the slow side for the class. Fuel economy, however, is much more impressive at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway).
The Explorer Sport is 4WD only, and it comes with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and the six-speed automatic. The turbo V6 puts out 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and the EPA estimates it will return 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway).
Properly equipped, an Explorer with either of the V6 engines can tow 5,000 pounds. With the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, max towing capacity is only 2,000 pounds.
Every 2015 Ford Explorer comes standard with stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a front passenger knee airbag and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume. The Explorer's stability control system also includes Ford's Curve Control, which can monitor speed carried into a corner and decelerate if necessary.
Rear parking sensors are standard on all but the base Explorer. A rearview camera is standard on the Limited and Sport and optional on the XLT. The Limited and Sport can also be had with impending frontal-collision warning and brake priming (bundled with the adaptive cruise control), lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot warning system (with rear-cross traffic alert) and inflatable seatbelts for second-row outboard passengers.
In Edmunds brake testing, both the 4WD Explorer XLT and the Limited V6 stopped from 60 mph in 118 feet -- a good performance for a large crossover SUV. Meanwhile, the four-cylinder Explorer XLT did it in 130 feet, which is longer than average for this class.
In government crash tests, the Explorer earned a five-star rating (out of a possible five) for overall crash protection, with five stars for total front-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its top score of "Good" for the Explorer's performance in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests. It received the second-lowest rating of "Marginal" in the small-overlap frontal-offset test. Its seatbelts and head restraints earned a "Good" rating for whiplash protection in rear impacts.
Interior Design and Special Features
Considering the price, the Explorer's interior is pretty well-trimmed. Materials are attractive and luxurious, with a soft-touch dashboard and precise-feeling controls. The front seats are very supportive, and the cabin is particularly quiet as well.
The optional MyFord Touch interface contributes to the premium vibe, as it adds a high-resolution display screen (plus two additional screens for the gauge cluster) and touch-sensitive audio and climate "buttons." We haven't been fond of this system in the past, as it was often slow to respond to inputs. However, ongoing year-to-year system improvements have made a difference, and in our most recent tests, MyFord Touch worked reasonably well. We also continue to like the usefulness of the Sync voice commands. That said, some rival infotainment systems are still easier to use.
The Explorer has 80 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, making it less spacious than the Dodge Durango and well below the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. The third row is short on legroom and will fit only small children. The Explorer's second-row seats may be a bit disappointing for families as well, as there's not as much room to install rear-facing child safety seats -- something you'd expect to do with ease in a vehicle of this size. And while the Explorer has the commanding ride height expected in an SUV, its thick roof pillars and tall dash limit outward visibility. Even with all of the available parking aids, it's a handful in tight spaces.
The 2015 Ford Explorer has a very smooth ride quality on the highway, with good composure that gets only a little busier with the Limited model's 20-inch wheels over broken pavement. It's also particularly quiet on the inside, an added benefit for any highway journey. It handles securely in typical driving situations, but overall, it feels larger and less maneuverable than similarly sized rivals.
The same is true of the Explorer Sport, but thanks to its sport-tuned suspension and steering, it reacts more quickly to inputs and generally imparts greater driver confidence. And while the Sport gives up a bit of that cushy ride quality, the ride is still well within the realm of acceptability for this class of vehicle.
The Sport also comes with the turbocharged V6, which offers V8-like acceleration. But the reality is that the base V6 is powerful enough in most situations. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a viable option, too. It may seem a bit small for an SUV this large, but it provides adequate acceleration for daily use and, of course, better fuel mileage than you'd get with the V6.
Factory Installed Options
CHARCOAL BLACK, LEATHER-TRIMMED HEATED BUCKET SEATS
- Power Driver Seat
- Power Passenger Seat
- Leather Seats
- Bucket Seats
- Heated Front Seat(s)
- Driver Adjustable Lumbar
- Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
ENGINE: 3.5L TI-VCT V6
- V6 Cylinder Engine
- Gasoline Fuel
Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.
Convenience & Comfort
- Adjustable Steering Wheel
- Automatic Headlights
- Cruise Control
- Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
- Driver Vanity Mirror
- Engine Immobilizer
- Floor Mats
- Fog Lamps
- Heated Mirrors
- Intermittent Wipers
- Keyless Entry
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
- Passenger Vanity Mirror
- Power Door Locks
- Power Mirror(s)
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Privacy Glass
- Rear A/C
- Rear Defrost
- Rear Parking Aid
- Security System
- Steering Wheel Audio Controls
- Trip Computer
- Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
- Four Wheel Drive
- Gasoline Fuel
- Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode
- AM/FM Stereo
- Auxiliary Audio Input
- CD Player
- MP3 Player
- Satellite Radio
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
- Brake Assist
- Child Safety Locks
- Driver Air Bag
- Front Head Air Bag
- Front Side Air Bag
- Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
- Knee Air Bag
- Passenger Air Bag
- Passenger Air Bag Sensor
- Rear Head Air Bag
- Stability Control
- Traction Control
Seat & Trim
- 3rd Row Seat
- Bucket Seats
- Driver Adjustable Lumbar
- Heated Front Seat(s)
- Leather Seats
- Pass-Through Rear Seat
- Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
- Power Driver Seat
- Power Passenger Seat
- Rear Bench Seat
Tires & Wheels
- Aluminum Wheels
- Temporary Spare Tire
- Tire Pressure Monitor
Value Added Features
- Bluetooth Connection
Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.
- 18.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
- 200 Amp Alternator
- 3.65 Axle Ratio
- 4 12V DC Power Outlets
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control
- 58-Amp/Hr 650CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Premium Cloth Rear Seat
- Air Filtration
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Analog Display
- Auto Locking Hubs
- Automatic Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive
- Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter, Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
- Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Cargo Space Lights
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Chrome Bodyside Insert, Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
- Chrome Door Handles
- Clearcoat Paint
- Cloth Door Trim Insert
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Deep Tinted Glass
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
- Driver Foot Rest
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- Electronic Transfer Case
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench Premium Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
- Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Front Center Armrest
- Front Cupholder
- Front Fog Lamps
- Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Full Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- GVWR: 6,160 lbs
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Auxiliary Rear Heater and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Integrated Roof Antenna
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
- Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
- LED Brakelights
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Lip Spoiler
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Passenger Knee Airbag
- Perimeter Alarm
- Perimeter/Approach Lights
- Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Speed Compensated Volume Control
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Rear Cupholder
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Roof Rack Rails Only
- Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
- Seats w/Premium Cloth Back Material
- Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
- Side Impact Beams
- Silver Grille
- Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Systems Monitor
- Tires: P245/60R18 AS BSW
- Towing w/Trailer Sway Control