2017 Ford Explorer

The 2017 Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV that's rugged on the outside, plush on the inside, and fully capable of living up to its name thanks to impressive off-road capabilities. Does that sound like the perfect match for the needs of your family? You can learn more about this intrepid family SUV by reading our review of the new 2017 model year below, and by taking it for a test drive at our Ford dealership in Galion, OH.

2017 Ford Explorer: Engine & Capability

The 2017 Ford Explorer has an engine for all types of performance. There are three powertrain options total, including an EcoBoost V6 engine with the most 'oomph' of the bunch. However, there's also an available turbocharged I4 engine with impressive fuel economy for a large SUV.

Features like Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and intelligent AWD combine with the Terrain Management System to make traversing steep slopes, snow, sand, mud, grass, and gravel a breeze. Some models are also available with sport-tuned suspension for improved performance on pavement.

You'll find engine specs in the table below:


3.5L V6

2.3L Turbo I4

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6


290 HP

280 HP

365 HP


255 lb.-ft.

310 lb.-ft.

350 lb.-ft.

City/Hwy Fuel Efficiency

Up to 17 MPG/24 MPG

Up to 19 MPG/27 MPG

Up to 16 MPG/22 MPG

Tow Rating

5,000 lbs.

2,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

Trim Availability

Explorer, XLT

Explorer, XLT, Limited

Sport, Platinum

2017 Ford Explorer: Interior Comfort

2017 Ford Explorer Interior

The 2017 Ford Explorer seats six to seven, depending on whether you need the three-person second row bench, or prefer second row bucket seats. In either case, you'll love the power-folding third row 50/50-split bench. Fold down both rows, and you'll have up to 81.7 cu. ft. of cargo room. 21 cu. ft. of cargo room is available with all seats occupied.

Some of our favorite available features of the 2017 Ford Explorer's cabin include:

  • An 8-in. touchscreen, as well as large buttons controlling climate and audio
  • Dual-zone climate control with rear controls
  • Heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and heated second row seats
  • Twin-panel moonroof letting in the sun and breeze to multiple rows
  • Quilted leather upholstery and leather-wrapped wood steering wheel

2017 Ford Explorer: Exterior Design

2017 Ford Explorer Exterior

From the outside, the 2017 Ford Explorer perfectly blends luxury looks with a tough, do-anything attitude. Three new colors are also available this year: Canyon Ridge, Smoked Quartz Tinted Clearcoat, and White Gold.

Some exterior features include:

  • Standard automatic LED headlights and LED taillights
  • Available LED signature lights and fog lights
  • Roof racks
  • Tinted second and third row windows
  • Hands-free power liftgate with spoiler
  • Painted bumper elements

2017 Ford Explorer: Technology

You'd expect any modern, family-oriented vehicle to have great modern tech, but the new 2017 Ford Explorer outdoes itself. More than just crystal-clear audio and smartphone connectivity, you'll find impressive driver assistance technology as well.

The impressive technology available within the 2017 Ford Explorer includes:

  • SYNC® infotainment with voice-activated navigation
  • Media bin with a 12-V power outlet (four total outlets throughout cabin), smart-charging USB port, and SD card reader
  • Premium Sony audio with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics™ technology
  • Adaptive cruise control with brake support
  • Blind spot and rear cross traffic monitoring
  • Lane keeping
  • Enhanced park assist

Do you still have questions about the new 2017 Ford Explorer? Call (888) 683-4313 to speak with a product specialist at Donley Ford of Galion about performance specs, feature availability, and pricing on any new Ford Explorer model in our inventory. You can also find great finance and lease specials available to Galion, OH area shoppers when browsing new Explorer regional incentives.

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