2014 Ford Explorer Review

2014 Ford Explorer photo
  1. Original MSRP$30,015 - $41,675
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)20/28 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV

2014 Ford Explorer Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2014 Ford Explorer photo
  1. Original MSRP$30,015 - $41,675
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)20/28 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV
CARFAX RatingsOverall Rating


By Aaron Turpen (Last Updated 12/19/2017)

The 2014 Ford Explorer sees a marked improvement in its combination of power, fuel economy and refinement.

The Ford Explorer was introduced in 1991 and quickly became one of the most popular sport utility vehicles on the market, often carrying the banner as the best-selling SUV in its segment through its model revisions to present. The 2014 Ford Explorer is a crossover SUV which is far more refined than previous editions. Seating for up to seven passengers and great fuel economy are high points of this crossover.


The 2014 Ford Explorer looks like a thoroughly modern crossover, especially in comparison with earlier generations.

The floating roof of the Explorer is split only by the rear pillar with the distinctive, wraparound rear glass creating a flying wedge in the roof line. Sharp lighting and aggressive wheel wells finish the look, adding a muscular element to the Explorer’s appearance.


Although the 2014 Ford Explorer’s interior is well-made and upscale, the second and third rows are cramped and headroom is limited there. Visibility can also be an issue from the driver’s seat, but space in the front row is excellent.

While cargo space isn’t as good as what you’ll find in competitors like the Chevrolet Traverse, the Explorer offers a competitive 80 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded.


The standard engine in the 2014 Ford Explorer is a 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive is available with the base engine.

Acceleration with this base engine is good and mileage is EPA estimated at 20 mpg combined (17/24 mpg city/highway). If you choose a four-wheel drive model, those numbers drop to 16/22 mpg, or 18 mpg combined.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine option is available, which produces a respectable 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This model doesnt accelerate as quickly, but provides excellent fuel economy at 20/28 mpg city/highway (23 mpg combined). This engine is only available on the front-wheel drive Explorer.

A third option, available only on the the Explorer Sport, is a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 producing 365 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. Models with this engine get an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway.

Four-wheel drive options include Ford’s Terrain Management System, which gives four control options for traction optimization in different conditions. The V6-powered Explorer has a tow rating of 5,000 pounds.


The Explorer offers a range of technology upgrades throughout its trim levels. The most sophisticated are based on the MyFord Touch infotainment system, which some automotive journalists have found slow to respond to user inputs and cumbersome to use. Some improvements have made the 2014 MyFord Touch system easier to use, but it still often ranks low in reviews.

The base 2014 Explorer comes standard with automatic headlights, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a six-speaker stereo.

Available features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, Bluetooth, a USB port, Ford’s voice-controlled Sync system, the MyFord Touch infotainment system, navigation, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats and a power liftgate.


The 2014 Explorer receives high marks in crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Explorer a top five-star rating for its overall performance in crash tests.

The Explorer also earned a top score of ‘Good’ in most crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, it received the IIHS’ second-lowest score of ‘Marginal’ in small overlap front crash tests.

Optional driver assistance features on the 2014 Explorer include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.


The Ford Explorer is a crossover that sells well in both the new and used markets. Used buyers will enjoy the value for the packaging offered with the 2014 Explorer and resale values are expected to be lower than average for the segment, making this a less expensive option for some buyers.


Our overall assessment of the 2014 Ford Explorer puts it just ahead of the middle of the pack in the midsize crossover segment. The 2014 Explorer is a good buy for many, as long as you are OK with a few caveats.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Deep Impact Blue Metallic
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Tuxedo Black Metallic
  • Body style

  • Suv
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: P245/65r17
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Black
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Silver
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Fender Lip Moldings: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Black
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 78.9 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 7.6 Inches
  • Angle Of Approach: 21.7 Degrees
  • Width: 90.2 Inches
  • Length: 197.1 Inches
  • Height: 70.4 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 112.6 Inches
  • Break-over Angle: 16.5 Degrees
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 6160 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 67 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 4534 Pounds
  • Angle Of Departure: 21.4 Degrees
  • Front Track Width: 67 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Rear Heat: Independently Controlled
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Urethane
  • Dash Trim: Simulated Alloy
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
  • Center Console Trim: Simulated Alloy
  • Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
  • Door Sill Trim: Scuff Plate
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Entertainment

  • Antenna Type: Mast
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Radio: AM/FM
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Total Speakers: 6
  • Seats

  • 6-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • 4-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Flat-Folding Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat Type: 50-50 Split Bench/Split-folding
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 151.7 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 7
  • Front Hip Room: 57.3 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 61.3 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 56.7 Inches
  • Cargo Volume Third Row Down Only: 43.8 Cubic Feet
  • Hip Room 3rd Row: 40.7
  • Leg Room 3rd Row: 33.2
  • Rear Legroom: 39.8 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 80.7 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 40.6 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 41.4 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 40.5 Inches
  • Head Room 3rd Row: 37.8
  • Shoulder Room 3rd Row: 50.8
  • Standard Seating: 7
  • Seating Rows: 3
  • Cargo Volume: 21 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 61 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.39
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 32 mm
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 6 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 3.5
  • Horsepower: 290
  • Torque: 255
  • Towing Capacity

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 5000 Pounds
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 17
  • Highway (MPG): 24
  • Combined (MPG): 20
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 6


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  4. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  5. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  6. Programmable Safety Key
  7. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  8. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  9. Impact Sensor: Post-collision Safety System
  10. Daytime Running Lights: Optional
  11. Rollover Stability Control: Standard
  12. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  13. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  14. Brake Assist: Standard
  15. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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