2019 Ford Explorer 4DR Limited 4WD G1EXP
2019 Ford Explorer 4DR Limited 4WD G1EXP The 2019 Ford Explorer has a good grasp of family life. The popular explorer is on its way to almost every three-row crossover SUV shopping list, and for good reason. It is spacious, rides well and offers some outstanding features.
But the basic design of the 2019 explorer shows its age, which now extends almost a decade into its life cycle. A new model is on the horizon. For 2019, the Explorer line-up gets a few new trim packages, active safety tech is more widely available, and a power tailgate is new to the popular XLT trim level standard. The Explorer is available in the base, XLT, Limited, sport and platinum trim levels.
Most discoverers leave the Kentucky assembly plant of the car manufacturer with a 3.5-liter V-6, which is rated at 290 hp under hood. A turbo-4, which provides more thrills, is an option on most trims, while a twin-turbo V-6 with 365 HP makes Explorer sport and platinum trim a fun crossover SUV.
Front drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on most trims, but not too far to explore. The explorer is more of a big minivan than a real off-roader. This topic should be clear the first time you see one. This deep-rubbing crossover SUV is without the fender-braided, two-tone look that he once wore.
The explorer seems to be older in the interior, where shorter riders may have difficulty finding a good sitting position under the beefy roof pillars of the SUV and the high Belt line. The seats of row two are not very comfortable, and the third row is best for children. Cargo space is decent, especially with the third row tucked away.
Our main concern with the Explorer is its lackluster safety record, which is hardly to be missed in a vehicle intended for family transport. The IIHS found eyebrow-boosting results in some crash tests and all rivals now offer at least an automatic emergency stop.
Outside, the shape of the researcher is clean and largely unverschönert. Unlike Eddie Bauer’s decades past, the current model does not try to be faux rugged. It is modern enough and smart in certain brighter shades with larger wheels. Luckily, Ford now also includes light alloy wheels as standard equipment on all versions of the Explorer as well as tinted windows.
Explorer Sports has black grids which make them look rather too much like the Explorer-based police vehicle Ford Interceptor. Hey, if that’s your thing — just stay out of our rear-view mirror. Explorer Platinums add LED lights and striking wheels that will help you look like the $55,000 that Ford calculates.
The interior of the researcher avoids the bustling look that can be seen in many other Ford products. The 4.2-inch screen on basic models doesn’t make it a favor, but the optional 8.0-inch touchscreen fits in nicely with the environment. Former discoverers used frustrating capacitive switches, but these have disappeared in favor of much more functional traditional buttons for audio and climate functions.
Basic researchers look a little gloomy with their simple cloth padding and the simple trim, but the synthetic wood panels and dressing seams in limited and higher explorers are more convincing.
Standard rate based and XLT Explorer Trim is a 3.5-liter V-6 rated with 290 PS and 255 pound-foot torque. In most situations, the basic machine ensures adequate walking, but it can feel the level of the climb. A better choice is the optional 2.3-liter turbo-4 with its 280 PS, which is outshone with 310 pound-foot torque. Explorer Sport and Platinum trim strips use a 3.5-liter twin Turbo V-6, which is rated with 365 hp and 350 pound foot to have maximum power and maximum thirst. Thus equipped explorers on average only 18 mpg combined.
Regardless of the engine, all discoverers use a 6-speed automatic transmission. The front wheel drive is standard and the four-wheel drive is optional, except for the twin-turbo V-6, where it is mandatory.
The explorer runs smoothly and attacks large bumps, even with the larger 20-inch wheels on many models. Explorer Sports has special suspension settings that are more solid but not excessive. No discoverer hides its mass so well on a winding road, but they have an exact, direct steering and less body slim than some crossover competitors. The Explorer sport taps the scale to almost 5,000 pounds before the passengers are included in the equation, and there are only so many suspension adjustments that can cancel that.
The Explorer is also not a adventuremobile with the multi-mode traction control system on all-wheel drive models. He sits deep on the ground and his tires have tame, road-oriented stairs.
With the turbo engines, the researcher can drag smaller trailers with confidence. The 2.3-liter is rated with tow 3,000 pounds while the twin Turbo V-6 can haul on sports and platinum trim 5,000 pounds.
In the front, the explorer has a standard 8-way power driver seat. Higher trimmings with power adjustments are also provided for the passenger seat. The standard cloth upholstery feels tough, but not particularly plushy and the optional leather is not much dressing until you step into the expensive explorer platinum with its higher quality skins. The massage of the front seats is optional also on limited and over-trimming.
Unfortunately, the second row of the researcher does not live forward. It is spacious enough, but the standard bench is thinly padded. The optional captain’s chairs of the second row are a wise and popular bet, but they are not so much more convenient. Row three is best for children and it is not particularly easy to reach.
With the second and third rows folded flat, the researcher’s cargo bay opens to transport about 73 cubic feet of equipment. This decreases to an even sensible 39.2 cube with the second row upright. Behind the third row, the researcher can still tow 21 cubic feet.
Discoverers we drove had a solid feeling with interior materials that felt reasonable price. With around $55,000, the Explorer Platinum is found on some crossover SUV SUVs, but its softer leather and sewn dashboard trim can assert itself.
All discoverers contain seven airbags as standard. Airbags that are integrated into the safety belts of the second row are optional. The range-topping Explorer comes standard with a system that preloads the brakes when it detects a collision and an adaptive cruise control, functions that are bundled in a $1,300 package on XLT and higher trim. This active security equipment is common to many competitors of the Explorer standard and must first add a $2,300 options package on the Explorer XLT. It is still not a substitute for automatic Notbremssysteme, which we believe should be obligatory for family-orientated vehicles.
In the IIHS ‘ tests, the researcher earned in most tests “Good” marks — except in the demanding frontal small overlap evaluation. There, the driver’s side ‘ marginal ‘ was earned and the passenger side scored a ‘ bad ‘ rating.
The IIHS also called up the collision avoidance technique of the researcher, only evaluates it as ‘ basic ‘ because it does not automatically apply the brakes.
2019 Ford Explorer 4DR Limited 4WD G1EXP
The base Explorer Trim features a power driver seat, light alloy wheels, cloth pads and a tiny 4.2-inch infotainment screen. We say skip it and jump to explorer XLT, which is not much more to begin with, but can be equipped with an excellent 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, plus a built-in Waze app. While you are at it, an additional $1,300 for collision warnings and an adaptive cruise control is worth the money. At this point, the explorer XLT costs about $39,000 (or $41,000 with all-wheel drive). The 2.3-liter turbo-4 costs $900 and leather seats even more $1,800.
Suddenly the explorer we would buy is $43,000 and its spec sheet is easily on features against the Honda Pilot and Subaru ascent, among others. At least the explorer is often discounted.
The Explorer Platinum is the best to imitate a luxury SUV with soft leather, power-foldable third row and Sony audio system. But it’s also almost $55,000.