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Ford Explorer (2017) review: 37 facts and highlights

Ford Explorer (2017)
Ford Explorer (2017)

Why is Ford Explorer (2017) better than the average?

  • greater cargo volume
    2313.5lvs641.69l
  • more airbags
    7vs6.74
  • better fuel economy (city)
    13.84l/100 kmvs14.16l/100 km
  • longer wheelbase
    2.87mvs2.81m
  • better fuel economy (highway)
    9.8l/100 kmvs10.33l/100 km
  • larger engine size
    3.5lvs3.19l
  • lower ground clearance
    198mmvs202.37mm
  • more headroom (rear)
    1.03mvs982.16mm

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General info

1. smaller turn radius

11.86m

The turn radius indicates the smallest circular turn a car can make. With a smaller turn radius it is easier to perform a U-turn in one attempt instead of having to reverse back and forth in order to turn around.

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2. longer drivetrain warranty (years)

5yrs

The drivetrain warranty covers parts of the car such as the engine, transmission, driveshaft etc. This is usually longer than the basic warranty. It lasts either a certain number of years or amount of kilometres driven.

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10yrs

3.Has front-wheel drive
Ford Explorer (2017)

Front-wheel drive is the most common type of drivetrain and offers several advantages. It is cheaper to manufacture (reducing the cost of the vehicle) and also lighter which helps improve fuel economy. Due to having the weight of the engine over the drive wheels it also benefits from increased traction.

4. longer basic warranty (years)

3yrs

The basic warranty of a car covers all aspects other than parts which are subject to normal wear and tear, such as windscreen wipers and brake pads. It lasts either a certain number of years or amount of kilometres driven.

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5yrs

5.Has a petrol (gasoline) engine
Ford Explorer (2017)

A petrol (gasoline) engine offers several advantages over diesel. For example the engines tend to be lighter and cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Petrol engines also tend to have higher horsepower, and the fuel is more readily available.

6. longer drivetrain warranty (km)

100000km

The drivetrain warranty covers parts of the car such as the engine, transmission, driveshaft etc. This is usually longer than the basic warranty. It lasts either a certain number of years or amount of kilometres driven.

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160934km

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Dimensions

1.height

1.78m

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917mm

2.width

2m

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1.6m

3. greater cargo volume

2313.5l

A larger cargo area is more practical as it allows you to transport more things.

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Ford Explorer (2017)

2313.5l

4. longer wheelbase

2.87m

The wheelbase is the distance between the center of the front and rear wheels. A longer wheelbase provides the car with more stability and a smoother ride (although a shorter wheelbase can provide more responsive handling).

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3.3m

5. lower ground clearance

198mm

The ground clearance is the distance between the lowest point of the car and the road surface. A shorter ground clearance lowers a vehicle’s center of gravity - increasing its handling ability and reducing the chance of a rollover. However, a higher ground clearance allows you to go over more uneven terrain.

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106mm

6. more headroom (rear)

1.03m

More headroom in the rear of the car makes for a more comfortable passenger experience, and is especially important for taller people. It is also useful if you are transporting cargo in the rear of the vehicle.

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Ford Explorer (2017)

1.03m

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Engine

1. larger fuel tank

70l

A larger fuel tank means that you have to stop to refill less often.

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117l

2. better fuel economy (city)

13.84l/100 km

Fuel economy is a measurement of fuel efficiency, based on how far you can travel with a certain amount of petrol (gasoline). A lower fuel economy means the car will be cheaper to run.

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3l/100 km

3.Has a turbocharged engine
Ford Explorer (2017)

A turbocharger compresses the air entering the cylinders, allowing more air (and therefore more fuel) to be added - resulting in a more powerful explosion. This leads to an increase in horsepower without increasing the size and weight of the engine.

4. higher maximum torque

345Nm

Torque is a measurement of an engine’s power, closely related to horsepower. More torque indicates a more powerful car, and is also a good indication of its acceleration.

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5. better fuel economy (highway)

9.8l/100 km

Fuel economy is a measurement of fuel efficiency, based on how far you can travel with a certain amount of petrol (gasoline). A lower fuel economy means the car will be cheaper to run.

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3.4l/100 km

6. larger engine size

3.5l

This measurement is the total volume of all the engine's cylinders, also known as the engine displacement. This is one of many aspects of an engine that determine its horsepower, but generally speaking a greater size indicates more power.

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6.2l

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Features

1.Has a rear-view camera
Ford Explorer (2017)

A rear-view camera (also known as a back-up camera) provides a view of behind the vehicle, helping to prevent accidents. It is particularly useful in vehicles with large blind spots such as pickup trucks.

2. more airbags

7

Airbags are designed to cushion occupants in the event of an impact. The standard number is around six as some cars now incorporate additional ones, such as knee airbags, side airbags and side curtain airbags.

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3.Has Bluetooth
Ford Explorer (2017)

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

4.Has in-car system
Ford Explorer (2017)

An in-car system (eg. Ford SYNC, Apple CarPlay) gives you extra functionality, such as navigation, taking phone calls (when linked to your smartphone) and controlling music.

5.Has height-adjustable seat belts
Ford Explorer (2017)

Height-adjustable seat belts permit passengers of different sizes to move the seat belt up or down for improved comfort. They are also especially useful for increasing the safety of children.

6.USB ports

1

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

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