2014 Ford Explorer  -  $30,910


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $30,910
Base Invoice: $29,183
Destination Charge: $895
Options: $0
Trim: FWD 4dr Base
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 20 | City: 17 | Hwy: 24
Body Style: FWD 4dr Base
Transmission: Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic
Engine: Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 (FFV)

Pros

Quiet interior; excellent ride quality; world-class safety features; good value; surprisingly good gas mileage with EcoBoost engine


Value Writeup

The Ford Explorer has been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive. Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers.

The Explorer also stands out for being one of the "greenest" choices available. Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot.


Model Highlights

The Explorer is offered in base, XLT and Limited models, and no matter the model, it comes with three well-designed rows of seating and room for up to seven (the second row comes with two bucket seats for adults). While the third row is kid-sized, it's easier to fold than those on just about any other model--thanks to the simple, single-button power-folding system. Parents will also note that LATCH fasteners for child seats are included in the second-row outboard positions. And if you flip both the second and third rows forward, there's a cavernous (and well-shaped) 81 cubic feet of cargo space.

With the EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, fuel economy is one of the best in this class of vehicle: 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. There is one caveat for the EcoBoost engine--it's only available with front-wheel drive, so any shoppers needing the all-weather security of 4-wheel drive will need to step up to the V6. The larger engine isn't all that bad though, with EPA ratings of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The 4-wheel drive system in the Explorer is designed with the urban driving done by most Explorer owners in mind, but it does include a Terrain Management system that cleverly recalibrates the system for snow, sand or mud when needed. With 4-wheel drive, there's also Hill Descent Control, to help maintain composure on steep, slippery slopes.

Standard equipment on the Explorer is more extensive than what's found in most mainstream-brand vehicles. Cruise control, a media hub system, four 12-volt powerpoints, capless fuel-filling and the MyKey control/monitoring feature are all standard on the base model, while optional or standard models on the upper XLT or Limited trims include dual-zone climate control; remote start; power-folding, heated side-view mirrors; reverse sensing; ambient lighting, adjustable pedals, a rearview camera system, push-button start and a 110-volt AC outlet.

Also of note is MyFord Touch, a touch-screen-based interface that combines a host of vehicle, information and entertainment functions in an interface that appears a bit like that of iPads or other tablet computers. The system works together with Ford's Sync interface to interact seamlessly--and with voice commands--with media players, smartphones and music on USB sticks.

All Explorers include both Roll Stability Control and Curve Control sophisticated stability control systems. Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags also cover all three rows, and an SOS Post-Crash System helps alert authorities if the airbags deploy. Even more advanced, safety-related tech features on the Explorer include adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system and brake support and a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert; both are features that could lessen the impact of an accident or help avoid it entirely.


Model News

The Ford Explorer is essentially unchanged for 2014. There are a few new colors and Limited models now come standard with heated second row seats. Otherwise the vehicle remains identical to last year's model.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.0

EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
24 MPG

Cruising Range - City
316.20 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
17 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
446.40 mi

Engine Order Code
998-1

Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6

Displacement
3.5 L/213

Fuel System
Sequential MPI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000

Trans Order Code
44J

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175

Passenger Capacity
7

Passenger Volume
151.7 ft³

Front Head Room
41.4 in

Front Leg Room
40.6 in

Front Shoulder Room
61.3 in

Front Hip Room
57.3 in

Second Head Room
40.5 in

Second Leg Room
39.8 in

Second Shoulder Room
61 in

Second Hip Room
56.7 in

Third Head Room
37.8 in

Third Leg Room
33.2 in

Third Shoulder Room
50.8 in

Third Hip Room
40.7 in

Wheelbase
112.6 in

Length, Overall
197.1 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
78.9 in

Height, Overall
70.4 in

Track Width, Front
67 in

Track Width, Rear
67 in

Min Ground Clearance
7.6 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
80.7 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
43.8 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 3
21 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4534 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Maximum Trailering Capacity
2000 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size
P245/65TR17

Rear Tire Size
P245/65TR17

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
17 X 7.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 X 7.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.9 ft

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.6 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V245000

Mfg's Report Date
APR 25, 2016

Component
SUSPENSION:REAR

Potential Number of Units Affected
75364

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured January 17, 2014 to May 31, 2014. The affected vehicles may have improperly welded rear suspension toe links that may fracture.

Consequence
A fracture of the rear suspension toe link may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension toe links, free of charge. The recall began on November 18, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S18.

Dates of Manufacture
JAN 16, 2014 to MAY 30, 2014

Manufacturer Recall No.
16S18

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
17E048000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 27, 2017

Component
SUSPENSION:REAR

Potential Number of Units Affected
630

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain Wheel Hub Bearing assemblies, part number HB5Z-1104-C, incorrectly listed as being for installation on the rear axles of 2011-2017 Ford Explorer 4X2 vehicles. These bearings assemblies were manufactured without a self retention feature, possibly resulting in the separation of the wheel or wheel end.

Consequence
A loss of the wheel or wheel end can increase the risk of a crash.

Ford will notify the distributors of the hubs specifying that they are to only be used on drive axles. It is believed that none of the hubs were purchased from Ford dealers for the incorrect application. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
16.9%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 (FFV) -inc: Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) system is standard equipment for vehicles w/the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine shipped to Federal Emissions States or Cross Border State dealers and is only available w/a Federal emissions system, (FFV system not available w/code 422 and requires code 936 or 423 if applicable for California Emissions State dealer destinations).Cross border states include AZ, DC, ID, NH, NV, OH, VA, WV Not standard equipment in CA Emissions States.

Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic

3.39 Axle Ratio

GVWR: 6,160 lbs

Front-Wheel Drive

58-Amp/Hr 650CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection

175 Amp Alternator

Towing w/Trailer Sway Control

Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers

Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars

Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

18.6 Gal. Fuel Tank

Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher

Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs

Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs

4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs and Hill Hold Control

Wheels: 17" Steel w/Wheel Covers

Tires: P245/65R17 AS BSW

Steel Spare Wheel

Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo

Clearcoat Paint

Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent

Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent

Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim

Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim

Black Door Handles

Black Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding

Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster

Deep Tinted Glass

Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers

Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip

Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels

Lip Spoiler

Gray Grille

Liftgate Rear Cargo Access

Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks

Roof Rack Rails Only

Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off

LED Brakelights

Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD/MP3 Capable -inc: (6) speakers, media hub w/auxiliary jack and courtesy light

Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System

Integrated Roof Antenna

2 LCD Monitors In The Front

60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Cloth Rear Seat

Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer

Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows

Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints

Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button

Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls

Manual Air Conditioning

Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Auxiliary Rear Heater and Headliner/Pillar Ducts

Illuminated Locking Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents

Full Cloth Headliner

Cloth Door Trim Insert

Leatherette Gear Shift Knob

Cloth Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way power driver w/manual lumbar and recline and 2-way (fore/aft) manual passenger seat w/manual recline,

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors

Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Full Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets

Front And Rear Map Lights

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats

Carpet Floor Trim

Cargo Space Lights

Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins

Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down

Delayed Accessory Power

Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Systems Monitor

Trip Computer

Outside Temp Gauge

Analog Display

Seats w/Cloth Back Material

Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints

Front Center Armrest

2 Seatback Storage Pockets

Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer

4 12V DC Power Outlets

Air Filtration

Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)

ABS And Driveline Traction Control

Side Impact Beams

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags

Low Tire Pressure Warning

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags

Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags

Airbag Occupancy Sensor

Passenger Knee Airbag

Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute

Rear Child Safety Locks

Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

 
ENGINE: 3.5L TI-VCT V6 (FFV)
$0

 
ENGINE: 3.5L TI-VCT V6
$0

 
ENGINE: 2.0L I4 ECOBOOST
$995

 
TRANSMISSION: 6-SPEED SELECTSHIFT AUTOMATIC
$0

 
TRANSMISSION: 6-SPD SELECTSHIFT AUTOMATIC (TR-CG)
$0

 
TRANSMISSION: 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC W/ECOBOOST
$0

 
EQUIPMENT GROUP 100A
$0

 
3.39 AXLE RATIO
$0

 
3.36 AXLE RATIO
$0

 
DEEP IMPACT BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
TUXEDO BLACK METALLIC
$0

 
INGOT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
OXFORD WHITE
$0

 
RUBY RED METALLIC TINTED CLEARCOAT
$395

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, CLOTH BUCKET SEATS
$0

 
TRAILER TOW PACKAGE (CLASS III)
$570

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS SYSTEM
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSION EXEMPTION
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS SYSTEM NOT REQUIRED
$0

 
FEDERAL-EMISSIONS STATE DEALER ORDER
$0

 
ENGINE BLOCK HEATER
$0

 
REAR BUMPER PROTECTOR (DEALER INSTALLED)
$85

 
SPLASH GUARDS (DEALER INSTALLED)
$185

 
REAR CARGO WELL PROTECTOR (DEALER INSTALLED)
$115

 
CARGO SHADE (DEALER INSTALLED)
$135

 
ROOF RACK CROSSBARS (DEALER INSTALLED)
$135

 
SMOKER'S KIT W/ELEMENT (DEALER INSTALLED)
$100

 
LICENSE PLATE BRACKET
$0

 
COV REQUIRED
$0

 
PRICED DORA
$0

 
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO
$195

 
SYNC W/MYFORD COMMUNICATIONS/ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
$295

 
ALL WEATHER FLOOR MATS
$75


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