The 2014 Ford Explorer takes much from its roots when it comes to looks, but the interiors are a far cry from being dated. It is a modern vehicle fitted with high-tech features that offer a luxurious and comfortable daily ride for families.
Ford’s Explorer line of sports utility vehicles has been around since 1991. With decades of innovation under its belt, this line has solidified its status as a top pick in its class.
The 2014 Ford Explorer pays tribute to its heritage by maintaining its original look for this year’s release. But don’t be fooled by the classic-looking exterior. Inside, the cabin uses high-end materials giving it an upscale feel and is spacious enough to be a dependable family hauler.
It is also fitted with an abundant list of high-tech features to make the ride as entertaining as possible. Like other Ford offerings for the crossover class, the Explorer is fitted with an 8-inch MyFord Touch system that serves as the central control station for audio, phone connectivity and navigation functions.
More than the look, Ford Explorer is valued for the performance of its turbocharged engines – available in the four-cylinder or the V6 versions. Both versions offer composed handling and precise steering. Fuel efficiency is decent.
The 2014 Ford Explorer is touted as one of the safest cars of the Ford family. It rated well in government crash tests with a five star for overall crash protection, for total front-impact protection and for total side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave it the highest possible score for frontal-offset, side impact and roof strength tests.
The 2014 Ford Explorer is classified as a large crossover SUV. It is available in four trim levels: base, XLT, Limited and Sport. The look for this year is leaning more towards being car-like than its predecessors which were closer to trucks. It has sharp angles and straight lines but the lanky body is still appealing and very Ford-like with its expansive glass areas and the three-bar grille.
Standard equipment include 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlamps, roof rails and power tailgate.
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|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:||The standard powertrain configuration for the 2014 Ford Explorer is a 3.5-liter V6 that outputs 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It is available in either a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive.
It handles well in various terrains and offers an enjoyable cushy ride on long drives.|
|Interiors and Special Features:||The roomy interiors of the 2014 Ford Explorer make it the perfect family vehicle with seating capacity for up to 7 passengers. It offers a comfortable ride with the standard features that come with the most basic models such as rear privacy glass, cruise control, full power accessories, 50/50 split third row seat, power folding seats, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.|
|Safety features:||The 2014 Ford Explorer is one of the safest vehicles in Ford’s line up. It is equipped with the familiar safety features you’d find in other SUVs such as: front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a front passenger knee airbag, stability and traction control.
On top of that, it has inflatable rear seat belts, hill descent control, hill start assist, blind-spot detectors, trailer say control and MyKey – a parental control system that limits vehicle speed and stereo volume for young drivers. The built-in stability system also features Ford’s Curve Control, which monitors speed carried into a corner and decelerates it as necessary.
All-wheel drive models are also equipped with Ford’s Terrain Management System – a four-mode system that optimizes traction for different conditions.
Overall, the 2014 Ford Explorer is a great contender in the world of crossover SUVs. It banks on its long history in this category plus is already known for its safety. With the generous list of features and an upscale interior, it remains a popular choice for today’s modern families.|
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|Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front|
|Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format) and colour screen|
|Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted|
|Wheel opening mouldings|
|Brake assist system|
|4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|Cornering brake control|
|Hill holder Hill Start Assist|
|Painted front and rear bumpers|
|Load restraint: hooks|
|Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,650.00|
|Front and rear reading lights|
|3 passenger assist handles|
|Cargo area light|
|Driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|Remote control trunk/hatch release|
|2 12V in front, 1 12V in rear, 1 12V in cargo area|
|MyKey smart key: includes programmable settings|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 5,006, overall width (mm): 2,004, overall height (mm): 1,788, ground clearance (mm): 193, wheelbase (mm): 2,860, front track (mm): 1,702, rear track (mm): 1,702 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,951|
|4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 21.7 and departure angle (degrees): 21.4|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,052, rear headroom (mm): 1,029, front hip room (mm): 1,455, rear hip room (mm): 1,440, front leg room (mm): 1,031, rear leg room (mm): 1,011, front shoulder room (mm): 1,557, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,549, 960, 1,034, 843 and 1,290|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 2,285, all seats in place: 595 and third row seats removed: 1,240|
|Rear door: lifting gate|
|Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged|
|Black exterior door handles|
|Emissions data: CO2: 4,776 kg/yr|
|Engine: 3.5L Duratec V 6 DOHC Ti-VCT with VVT|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 11.7 ; highway= 7.8 ; combined= 10.0 ;|
|Power: 290 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 255 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel system: multi-point injection|
|Fuel tank: 70 litre capacity|
|Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)|
|Low tire pressure monitor|
|Trip computer: includes avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Service interval indicator|
|Multi-function display screen 4.2 and 2|
|Main dashboard display|
|Carpet floor mats|
|Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment, carpet in load area and none|
|Luxury trim: alloy look on center floor console, alloy look on doors, alloy look on dashboard and none|
|LED brake lights and rear lights|
|Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens|
|Headlight control with dusk sensor|
|Daytime running lights|
|Remote keyless power locks ; automatic locking|
|Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag|
|Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center|
|Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Marginal, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 4, 5.00 and 5|
|Passenger knee airbags|
|Third row seat belts for driver and passenger|
|All three rows protected by curtain airbags|
|Trailer stability program|
|Front side airbags|
|2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats, 2 head restraints for 3rd row seats|
|Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|Seating: 7 passengers|
|Front seat center armrest|
|Front driver seat : bucket with 3 power adjustments ; details: power height, manual lumbar and power tilt, front passenger seat : bucket|
|Third row seats: split-folding split bench with seating for two fold flat to floor|
|Rear seats: split-folding split bench with seating for three ; details: manual fore/aft|
|Seat upholstery: cloth|
|Intermediate service 16,000, 12, variable distance/period and 9,942|
|Vehicle speed proportional power steering type|
|Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment|
|Full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console|
|Cupholders in front row, rear seats and 3rd row seats|
|Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs|
|Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)|
|Transmission: SelectShift 6-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor|
|Roll stability control|
|3.390:1 axle ratio|
|AdvanceTrac with RSC stability control|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Version information 17 Mar 2014|
|Trim level: BASE|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: black, power adjustable|
|Laminated side windows|
|Rear window with defroster and fixed-speed wiper|
|Privacy glass on rear and rear side|
|Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side|
|Zone tinted windshield|
|Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows|
|Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe|
|Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows|
|Rear view mirror|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km|
|Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km|
|Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,794, published curb weight (kg): 2,045, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 907, payload allowance (kg): 749, Manufacturer’s own, 2,794 and 2,268|
|Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim|
|Front and rear steel wheels: 17"x 7.5"|
|Front and rear all-season tires 245/65/S|