2015 Ford Explorer

Original MSRP Range
$30,700 - $43,100
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
16 - 17 MPG City / 22 - 24 MPG Hwy
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2015 Ford Explorer

What We Like

Good fuel economy with 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine; luxurious, high-tech interior; smooth and quiet ride; awesome 6-cylinder EcoBoost power

What We Don't

Snug third-row seat; limited towing ability; all-wheel drive not available with 4-cylinder EcoBoost

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.9/ 5
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Overview

What's New in the 2015 Ford Explorer?

The Explorer remains unchanged for 2015, except for an optional appearance package with a few new visual flourishes.

Which Explorer is the Best?

The XLT trim offers the best value of the bunch. We recommend the fuel-efficient 4-cylinder EcoBoost if you don't need all-wheel drive. If you do, the standard V6 will get the job done.

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Explorer Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Explorer 4WD 4dr Base$32,700 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29017 / 236-Speed Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Explorer 4WD 4dr Limited$40,200 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29017 / 236-Speed Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Explorer 4WD 4dr Sport$43,100 / N/A6 Cylinder Turbo36516 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Explorer 4WD 4dr XLT$35,000 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29017 / 236-Speed Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Explorer FWD 4dr Base$30,700 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29017 / 246-Speed Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Explorer FWD 4dr Limited$38,200 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29017 / 246-Speed Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Explorer FWD 4dr XLT$33,000 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder29017 / 246-Speed Automatic / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Ford Explorer Safety

Is the 2015 Ford Explorer a Safe Car?

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, though a Marginal (second-worst) score was issued in the small-overlap front-impact test.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2015 Ford Explorer vs the competition

2015 Chevrolet Traverse -- The Traverse has more front legroom and more cargo space behind its third-row seat, but its infotainment options are not as robust.

2015 Dodge Durango -- The Durango offers roughly the same interior space as the Explorer, along with an awesome optional V8 and more towing capacity.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe -- The 3-row Santa Fe offers head-turning style along with competitive space and features for less coin.

Used Toyota Land Cruiser -- This recommendation may seem like it's out of left field, but the 3-row, V8-powered Land Cruiser delivers world-class off-road ability and a seriously luxurious interior, plus peerless reliability that inspires confidence.

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