Let’s get one thing clear right from the start: despite the face-lift/overhaul in 2016, Ford Explorer 2019 is basically the same as in 2011. At the same time, now that you can pick between three engines and multiple configurations, there’s enough refinement to attract the average driver. There are 5 trims to choose from, and the price ranges from 32.365 USD for Explorer, the basic trim, all the way up to 54.165 USD for Platinum, the most feature-packed model.
In my opinion, Sport is the best bang for your buck: for $46K, you get a lovely crossover SUV that doesn’t have any significant drawbacks. But, for most customers out there, it’s a bit too pricey. Today, we’ll focus on the entry-level Explorer while also mentioning the upper models and what they have to offer.
What Does Ford Explorer 2019 Have To Offer?
It’s important to note that regardless of the trim, you’ll always get a 6-speed automatic transmission. Yet, the first three models are available both in FWD and AWD; Sport and Platinum only come with AWD. With the cheapest configuration (Basic), the company offers 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, Sync (Ford’s own OS for the touchscreen), a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, and more.
If you want a power-adjustable seat, along with leather on the steering wheel and satellite radio to listen to while driving, go with XLT, the second trim level. It costs 34.4K US dollars – ~2K more than the basic trim. With it, you can choose between two packages. For blind-spot monitoring, lane assist, (adaptive) cruise control, FCW (forward-collision warning) and auto wipers, pick Ford Safe and Smart.
Driver Content, in turn, is all about digital treats: the Sync 3 interface, additional USB ports, smartphone compatibility, and an 8-inch screen. The fans of power-folding seats, heated/ventilated seats, and the Driver package should consider upgrading to Limited. This trim can be yours for 42.7K. Sport (46.6K) isn’t much different from it (apart from the engine, which we’ll discuss later). For even more luxury features, like leather upholstery, go with Platinum (54K).
Does The Engine Deliver?
Under the hood of the Basic trim, you’ll find a 3.5-lit V6. It is good for 290 horses and 255 lb-ft of torque; a 2.3-lit turbocharged V4 is also available (290HP and 310 torque). The Limited model, in turn, features the V4 as the standard engine (but, it’s compatible with the V6 as well). Finally, if you want to feel that “umph” while driving your Ford Explorer 2019, go with the Sport trim.
It’s packed with a mighty 3.5-lit turbocharged V6 with 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine can go from zero to 60mph in 6.3 seconds. That same engine is built into the hood of the ultimate configuration – Platinum. It’s safe to say that you won’t have any problem with rolling around in the city or getting out of town for the weekend even if you own the Basic Explorer. There’s enough power in there even for off-roading!
As you can see, Ford Explorer 2019 is a highly flexible model. In the most basic trim, it’s quite affordable; the Platinum configuration, in turn, cost 54K, which is the price-tag of an entry-level premium ride. The Sport model features unique suspension and better steering, perfect for the fans of, well, sporty cars (and off-roading). However, if you want more comfort, choose Basic or XLT.
Sadly, the third-row seats are a bit “weird”, for the lack of a better word (not enough headroom; the armrests aren’t comfy at all). The front and second-row seats are perfect, though. The best thing about this car: with the cheapest trim, you won’t feel like you’re driving a mid-range vehicle. Explorer looks, feels, and acts cool and classy, even when hauling a family of 6 and a dog in the back seat.
Whath this video: a good 2019 Ford Explorer review from the Gold Pony Channel: