Research the 2018 Ford Explorer with our expert reviews and ratings. Additional new features for the 2018 Ford Explorer include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the 2018 Ford Explorer is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.
Many trims to choose from
Fuel efficient hybrid variant
Active safety features come standard
YOU WON’T LIKE
All-wheel drive is only available with the V-6
Some cheap hard plastic interior components
The V-6 engine could use more power
In a 2017 comparison test that included the Hyundai and Jeep, the 2018 Ford Explorer placed fifth. Handling also proved to be another 2018 Ford Explorer weak spot and we found the steering to be numb.
The 2018 Ford Explorer, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the 2018 Ford Explorer doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.
The car is the only 2018 Ford Explorer trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.”