The 2015 Ford Explorer is a disappointing make for an SUV. An SUV is popular for having a lot of room on the inside. The new Explorer doesn’t have this. Back seats offer very little room for adult passengers and when the inside is a tight squeeze, comfort flies out the window.
2015 Ford Explorer Specs
Buyers can choose from four trim levels (base, XLT, Limited and the Sport trim). The 2015 Ford Explorer has been designed with a modern interior, advanced technological features and it comes with a fuel efficient engine. This seems to come standard with a lot of remodeled or redesigned Ford models. A package will be sold to upgrade any model that is chosen. Other changes that the SUV will be seen on the standard and optional gear. Each model will have varying features, the amount of features that the vehicle comes with are added the higher you go up the trims.
Standard features that come across all four models include alloy wheels that are 18 inches, head lights that are automatic, roof rails, air conditioning, cruise control, a rear privacy glass, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 4.2 inch display screen, an aux audio jack and a six speaker audio system that can play CDs. These are all the things that can be expected on the base model.
The second trim level, the XLT, has a few upgrades including fog lamps, parking sensors on the rear, sync and Bluetooth connectivity, a steering wheel that is wrapped in leather, a keyless entry code pad, etc. The higher trim levels have a selection of these features but also come with a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, etc.
Packages that can be chosen (at an extra cost of course) have a rearview camera, a steering wheel with heating capabilities, ventilation is possible on the front seats, a navigation system, driver memory settings, etc.
2015 Ford Explorer Engine Options
Three of the four 2015 Ford Explorer models have a V6 3.5 litre engine under the hood. It generates 290 hp and 255 pound feet of torque. The engine comes with a six speed automatic transmission. Front and four wheel drive options are available for selection for buyers. The front wheel drive models will have hill descent control and hill start assist functionality. Fuel ratings for front wheel drive models are 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. A four wheel drive model has about the same rating as the front wheel drive. Seventeen miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
2015 Ford Explorer Sport trim has its own V6 3.5 litre turbocharged engine mated to a six speed automatic transmission. The Sport trim can only be found as a four wheel drive. The engine has an output of 365 hp and 350 lb. – ft. of torque. It has a fuel rating of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway.
An optional 2.0 litre turbocharged engine can be selected in models that have front wheel drive. it has 240 powers of horse and 270 lb-ft of torque.
2015 Ford Explorer Release Date and Price
The SUV is already available for public purchase. It was released near the end of 2014. Pricing of the new Explorer is between $30,000 and $42,000.