Buyers who want a three-row SUV that drives like a car and isn't too big because it's not been built on a truck platform, often turn to the Ford Explorer. The current fifth-generation 2019 Ford Explorer has been with us now for the best part of a decade, and it's still one of the best choices in its class. As a new generation is on the horizon there will be some good deals to be had on the current model, so here are few more reasons why you ought to give one of the Ford SUVs serious consideration.
The Explorer boasts a whopping 151.7 cu.-ft. of total passenger volume, which is pretty good for a midsize crossover. That translates to 42.9 inches of legroom in the front, 39.5 inches in the second-row, and 32 inches in the third-row. Even with all the seats in use, you'll have 21 cu.-ft. of cargo space in the back. Drop the third-row down when not in use and it then grows to 43.8 cu.-ft., and with all rear seats folded away, there's a cavernous 80.7 cu.-ft. of available cargo space for those occasional large and bulky items.
Buyers have three engines to choose between, which are a 3.5-litre V-6, a very contemporary 2.3-litre turbo-four, and a fabulous 3.5-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6. Horsepower ranges from 280 to 365 horsepower, and torque ranges from 255 lb.-ft. to 350 lb.-ft. Whichever engine you go for, all of them send their power to the front or all four wheels through a tried-and-tested six-speed automatic transmission.
Ford doesn’t bewilder us with a huge array or trim levels to select from. Instead, there are just four different variants that offer something for every buyer in this class. The entry-level model is the Explorer XLT, and then the range goes to the Limited, Sport and finally to the range-topping Platinum.
The overall look of the Explorer's cabin is stylish and practical with everything where it should be and nothing out of place. The standard cloth upholstery is a hard-wearing material to cope with the rigors of family life, but you can also upgrade to durable leather or a plush, premium leather in the top trim.
In the base XLT, there's an infotainment system with a 4.2-inch screen, but most models you’re likely to come across have the SYNC 3 system instead that has a much larger 8.0-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Capability.
There's no such thing as a convertible Explorer, but if you want to see as much of what's going on outside the vehicle as possible, Ford has made a superb twin-panel moonroof available that really does transform the way it feels to be sat inside the 2019 Ford Explorer.
Looking at the Explorer from the outside, you’d never know this was a model that's been around for almost a decade. The dynamic grille and distinct front and rear LED signature lighting work beautifully with the classic SUV shape to present a crossover that looks as though it could have been launched at the last major auto show as a brand-new model for this year.
For more details about the sensational 2019 Ford Explorer and to experience one for yourself on a test drive, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today here at College Ford Lincoln, the number one choice Ford dealer in Lethbridge, AB for all your automotive needs.