2015 Ford Explorer Sport
The 2015 Ford Explorer 3-row SUV is a far cry from the original, rough-and-tumbled Explorer SUVs. Whereas the old Explorer rode atop a truck-based body-on-frame platform, the new model uses uni-body construction that's lighter and more carlike. The old-school engines are also long gone, replaced by state-of-the-art powerplants with such features as direct fuel-injection and turbocharging.
Relative to current rivals, the Explorer stands apart with its smooth ride, sleek design and high-quality interior with cutting-edge technology. This 7-passenger SUV's space and comfort leaves no doubt that the reinvented Explorer is one of the best of its breed.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, offered only with all-wheel drive, is rated at 365 hp and 350 lb-ft, with a fuel economy of 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy. The V6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and shift paddles on the steering wheel for manual control.
Standard Features & Options
The all-wheel-drive Sport comes comes standard with the exclusive twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, and it also features unique 20-in wheels, a blacked-out exterior styling treatment, a sport-tuned suspension and sport front seats, LED taillights, trailer sway control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, a 6-way power driver seat and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with a 8.2-in central display and an auxiliary audio input, fog lights, upgraded brake calipers, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, the SYNC voice-command system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary controls, rear parking sensors and satellite radio, power-folding mirrors with memory, keyless entry/start, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with a touchscreen and a configurable gauge cluster, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker Sony audio system.
The 2015 Ford Explorer is equipped with airbags all around, including front, front-side impact, front-knee and side-curtain airbags covering all three rows. Optional are inflatable rear-seat outboard seat belts to cushion occupants from injury in an accident, which are compatible with child safety seats.
Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, trailer sway control and Hill Start Assist, which keeps the vehicle from rolling backward when stopped on a steep incline.
The 2015 Explorer received a perfect 5-star rating in government crash tests, including five stars for both front and side impacts. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Explorer the highest possible score of Good in almost every category.
Behind the Wheel
By 3-row SUV standards, the Explorer feels solid and connected to the road. Steering is firm and accurate, and the vehicle handles curves exceptionally well. From the driver's seat you'll love the smooth and quiet ride.