Date: August 30, 2022
The Ford Explorer is one of the most popular mid-size SUVs in America. In fact, it’s the third best-selling SUV in the country for a reason. It has a reputation for being reliable, spacious, and affordable—and that’s true whether you’re buying a used model or new one. But which version should you buy? Is it the right SUV for you? Let’s find out...
The 2019 Ford Explorer has a few new features, such as a 12-inch Sync 3 touchscreen, a voice-activated smart cruise control, and a new electric-assist steering system. There are also some significant engine updates, including an optional new 2.3L turbocharged engine that produces 280 horsepower. Also, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 produces 365 horsepower. The XLT also gains a standard power liftgate.
Like most SUVs, the Explorer is more expensive to buy than a standard sedan. However, you’ll get more for your money, too. A mid-size SUV like the Explorer has more space than a sedan, making it a better choice if you have a large family or like to bring lots of stuff along when you go out. If you’re going with a Ford Explorer, you might want to wait until the 2019 model comes out. The Explorer could cost you slightly less if you choose to buy a used model.
The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Also available is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that outputs 365 hp and 350 lb-ft. A third engine option is the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 with 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
The Pros - Ford Explorers are extremely spacious, so if you have a big family, you’ll love this SUV. If you often have a lot of stuff to bring along when you’re going out, an Explorer will also be a better choice than a sedan. You’ll also appreciate its standard all-wheel drive. It’s great for those occasional rainy days when you don’t want to get your car stuck in the mud. The Cons - Explorers are not known for being fuel-efficient, so plan to spend a lot on gas. You also have to take care to not overload your vehicle since the Explorer doesn’t have a lot of cargo space. Plus, with its all-wheel drive, you might have to keep an eye on the weather forecast to avoid getting stuck in the mud.
As with any vehicle, the best way to care for your Explorer is to maintain it well. That means keeping up with your oil changes, tire rotations, and other vehicle maintenance. Make sure to store your vehicle properly when it’s not in use – especially during the winter – to reduce the chances of it being damaged. Finally, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for your vehicle. Your insurance company can help you decide how much coverage you need based on your particular situation.
If you’re looking for a mid-size SUV that’s spacious, has all-wheel drive, and offers great value, the Ford Explorer is a great choice. Just make sure you can afford the higher cost of ownership that comes with owning an SUV.
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