2019 Ford Explorer Trims and Options
As the sun has set on the sedan, it's risen on the SUV. And it shows. Ford sells well over 200,000 Explorers every year. And we're betting 2019 won't be any different. Mid-size SUVs have never been hotter, and the Ford Explorer is one of the hottest, second only to the Toyota Highlander. With all the focus and attention on the Explorer, a bestseller in a bestselling class of cars, we need details to make informed choices. You want the information, you've got some right here in this comparison guide wherein we walk through all trim levels and options of this hotrod of an SUV.
Pump Up the Base
The affordable base Explorer starts at just $32,365. For that price, you get the completely serviceable 3.5-liter V6 engine and front-wheel drive, or chip in another $900 for the optional four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Four-wheel drive, to make your off-roading dreams a reality, is optional for $2,150.
Standard features include cloth upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, rearview camera, MyKey system for parents of teen drivers, SYNC infotainment interface, 4.2-inch color display, Bluetooth, USB port, and six-speaker stereo. Finally, individual options include satellite radio and rear parking sensors.
XLT, Yeah You Know Me
For $34,400, you can get the Explorer XLT. This is the bestselling trim level, and it's easy to see why. The cabin is more stylish and the features more convenient, with leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity key entry, push-button start, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors. This is also the trim where options for customization really multiply.
You want comfort and modernity? The Driver Connect package gives you a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, power liftgate, seven-speaker stereo, two USB ports, and the SYNC 3 touch-screen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Do you live in the frozen north? The Cold Weather package adds heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and front parking sensors. Is keeping the whole family safe at the top of your list? The Safe and Smart package throws in rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning.
Bought a Limited So I Can Really Glow
This trim level might be called the Limited, but you might feel limitless. The Limited starts at $42,795. And you will definitely be stylin'. Now the EcoBoost engine comes standard, along with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, power-folding third row, hands-free power liftgate, 110-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, 12-speaker Sony audio system, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, navigation, Wi-Fi hot spot, and more.
Open up a skylight with a twin-panel moonroof or give the kiddos and in-flight movie with rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The Smart and Safe pumps up both safety and comfort. When you take this one for a test drive, ask to try out the massage chairs!
Sports and Music Are So Synonymous
The Ford Explorer Sport starts at $46,625. The Sport is like a Limited but was made for adventurous outings. This trim level boasts the powerful turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (365 horsepower, 350 pound-feet of torque) and also comes with a sporty suspension, tow package, and off-road upgrades. Grab the Safe and Smart package to go all-out with a 110-volt outlet, two second-row USB ports, Sony stereo, and more comfort and entertainment than you can shake a stick at.
Finally, the cream of the crop is the $54,165 Ford Explorer Platinum. Take everything from the other Explorer trims and add premium Nirvana leather, twin-panel moonroof, upgraded Sony premium sound system. That might be the limit for these trim levels, but the sky's the limit for an Explorer so handsomely decked out.