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2018 Ford Explorer: New York Auto Show

 What Is It?

You will probably be hard-pressed to identify the styling changes in the 2018 Ford Explorer compared to the current model year. Ford calls it a freshening, and even that may be considered as laying it on pretty thick by many. Without a side-by-side comparison, we didn’t really notice the updated grille and lower air dam. Studying the rear we found the changes there even more illusive.

The technological advancements were easier to unearth. In terms of connectivity, Ford offers an available 4G embedded modem with a Wi-Fi hotspot capable of supporting 10 devices at once. This coverage extends to a 50-ft radius around the vehicle. Also available is Ford SYNC Connect. It provides a connection to your Explorer through the FordPass app, which can remotely start, lock and unlock the vehicle, as well as locate it if it’s missing or lost in a crowded parking lot. This linkup also can provide certain diagnostic information.

For 2018, Ford has gathered the most popular driver-assist features into one available Safe and Smart Package. Although these features will be included as standard equipment in the top-tier trim levels, the new Safe and Smart Package makes its simpler to add adaptive cruise control, blind spot information, cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, auto highbeams and rain-sensing wipers to more affordable Explorer grades.

The 2018 Ford Explorer will still offer five grades and three engine choices: A 280 horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, a 290 hp 3.5-liter V6 and a 365 hp EcoBoost twin-turbo V6.

 How Much?

To be announced. The 2017 Ford Explorer ranges in price from $32,605 to $54,180.

 When Can You Get It?

Fall 2017

 Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

The 2018 Ford Explorer checks all the boxes in terms of choice, space and technology. Although it wasn’t the first SUV, the Explorer democratized the segment with a passenger-friendly approach to what had previously been a segment based almost entirely on utility. A reliable family hauler, it continues to break new ground.

 Other Cars to Consider

2017 GMC Acadia — A satisfying blend of comfort and capability.

 2017 Honda Pilot — Impressive fuel economy from a V6 and loads of interior room.

2017 Dodge Durango — A responsive V8 and better-than-expected towing capacity.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder — Across-the-board competence and standard touchscreen on all grades.

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Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More

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  1. Looking for a 2000-2008 Ford Explorer. Prefer deep burgundy, deep blue or black. Good running vehicle, prefer no rust or wrecks. Mid to high mileage alright. Clean vehicle, smoke ok. Leather seats. Comparitable to the Eddie Bower edition

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