2014 Ford Explorer Test Drive Review
The 2014 Ford Explorer sees a marked improvement in its combination of power, fuel economy and refinement. (Read More)
2014 Ford Explorer Description
The Ford Explorer is a midsize, three-row sport utility vehicle offered with standard front-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive. The 2014 edition is sold in four trim levels: Explorer, XLT, Limited and Sport.
The 2014 Ford Explorer offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower across the model line. Both front- and four-wheel drive versions of this SUV offer this engine. A second engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 240 horsepower is available on all trim levels except for the Sport. This engine is coupled with front-wheel drive only. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Explorer Sport models come standard with four-wheel drive, and feature a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 365 horsepower.
All 2014 Ford Explorers take regular grade gasoline and are EPA-rated as high as 17/24 mpg city/highway with the base V6 engine. Models outfitted with the smaller four-cylinder are rated as high as 20/28 mpg city/highway.
The 2014 Ford Explorer seats seven. Standard storage capacity is 21 cubic feet behind the third-row seat. With the third row folded, the storage area is 43.8 cubic feet. When the second and third row seats are folded, storage capacity is 80.7 cubic feet. The V6 Explorer has a 5,000-pound tow rating; the inline four-cylinder model has a 2,000-pound tow rating. The Ford Explorer is equipped with automatic headlamps, power side mirrors, LED tail lamps, a rear spoiler and dual chrome exhaust tips. This model also comes with air conditioning, a tilt and telescopic steering column, power windows and door locks, 12-volt outlets and tie-down hooks.
Upgrades to the 2014 Ford Explorer include: fog lamps, aluminum wheels, a reverse sensing system, LED turn signal indicators, and HID headlamps. Also available is a rear view camera, a 110-volt outlet, Ford's voice-activated Sync system, leather seats, wood trim, a Sony 12-speaker audio system, and various safety features including lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and inflatable rear safety belts.