2017 Ford Explorer – Release Date, Review and Specs

2017 Ford Explorer review

With significant updates this year, the new 2017 Ford Explorer might perhaps the perfect family-friendly SUV you have been looking for. It promises to be a top-seller thanks to its excellent list of appealing features such as high-tech features, quiet and comfortable ride quality, a powerful V6 power, a generous passenger and cargo space, and abundant driving aides. The Ford Explorer 2017 release date should be expected late this summer, according to recent news from those in the know.

2017 Ford Explorer XLT auto show, side view, alloy wheels

Those looking for large family crossovers often find themselves looking for a large, spacious SUV that can comfortable haul around their brood. Well, the 2017 Ford Explorer isn’t just about hauling or towing, the capacities are exceptional by the way, and it’s about making sure you enjoy the ride quality through a myriad of performance upgrades and upscale interior appointments.  Simply put, it delivers more than you bargained for.

2017 Ford Explorer spy shots

Its hype, you might say, but the new 2017 Ford Explorer provides a wide array of improved features over the previous model that you might think it’s an all-new model on its own right. The changes are subtle on the exterior but a closer look at the interior will certainly give you the right picture of what we’re talking about. The 2017 Ford Explorer interior is vastly different from the existing model in certain aspects such as the technologies, material quality, and interior room.

2017 Ford Explorer exterior, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

Beneath the hood, the top-of-the-line 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum model comes equipped with a 3.5L gasoline engine rated at 365 horsepower @5,500rpm and 350 pounds-feet of torque @3,500 rpm. The fuel economy ratings are impressive for a vehicle with a curb weight of 4,901, and EPA puts them at 16/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

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2017 Ford Explorer Sport exterior, side view, alloy wheels

Besides the smorgasbord of updates and redesigns, the 2017 Ford Explorer is still marred by certain foibles. The exterior visibility, just like the existing model, is mediocre. It feels pretty big behind the wheel similar to other automotive behemoths. The cargo space, relative to other vehicles in its class, is rather modest.

2017 Ford Explorer rear view, taillights, tailpipe, alloy wheels

That said, it’d be judicious to check what other vehicles the segment offers before making a decision. Some of these include the “A” rated Toyota Highlander, 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, and GMC Acadia for 2017. They are worth your consideration if you’re looking for additional interior space, better driving dynamics, and a versatile interior.

2017 Ford Explorer Review of Trims

2017 Ford Explorer exterior, front view, white color, grille

Five trims are offered for the 2017 Ford Explorer: XLT, Platinum. Sport, base, and Limited.

Ford Explorer colors: Shadow Black, Blue Jeans Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Oxford White, and Ingot Silver Metallic. Changes on its release date may be probable.

2017 Ford Explorer Changes to Interior & Exterior Features

2017 Ford Explorer interior, dashboard, gear shift knob, steering wheel

Some of the standard accessories offered for the base Explorer model include a 4.2” display screen a rear privacy glass, LED taillights and headlights, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, rear climate controls, Bluetooth connectivity, folding- and splitting second and third row seats, a CD player, Sync activated entertainment/phone interface, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and automatic LED headlights.

2017 Ford Explorer front angle, headlights and grille

The Ford Explorer XLT 2017 upgrades you with a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, color door handles, a six-way power front passenger seat, heated exterior mirrors, upgraded brakes and suspension system, satellite and HD radio, push button ignition and keyless entry code, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2017 Ford Explorer interior, leather front seats

Options are available in plenty, but the contents are unknown at the moment as Ford is yet to make the whole list public. Keep checking the post in the coming weeks for a holistic update.

2017 Ford Explorer Engine Specs

2017 Ford Explorer sport engine

Under the hood of the 2017 Ford Explorer lurks three engines: standard on the XLT, Limited, and Base models is a 290 – horsepower – generating 3.5L V6 engine; the XLT and Limited are offered with an optional mill – turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine rated at 270 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque; and finally, both the 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum and Sport comes equipped with a turbocharged 3.5L V6 mill good for 350 lbs. ft. of torque and 365 horsepower.


2017 Ford Explorer front view, red color, headlights, grille and badges

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.8 in. (112.8 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 6.3 in. (198.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.9 in. (78.9 in.)
Passenger volume: 150 ft³
Cargo volume: 21 ft³
Curb weight: 4939 lb
Top Speed: 125 mph
0-60: 6,0 sec
MPG: 19/28 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Jeans Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Oxford White, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat and Shadow Black
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs

2017 Ford Explorer Release Date & Price

2017 Ford Explorer release date

Availability for the vehicle is set for late this summer, of course as a 2017 year model. Pricing has been released, and Ford says the base model should go for sale for an MSRP starting from $31,160.

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2017 Ford Explorer exterior, front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Ford Explorer side view, red color, alloy wheels

2017 Ford Explorer rear view, taillights andtailpipe

2017 Ford Explorer auto show, front view, headlights and grille

2017 Ford Explorer exterior, red color, headlights

2017 Ford Explorer rear view, red color, taillights and badges

2017 Ford Explorer auto show, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Ford Explorer interior, lcd screen

2017 Ford Explorer interior, leather rear seats

2017 Ford Explorer interior, gear shift knob

2017 Ford Explorer trunk, cargo space