Research the 2018 Ford Explorer with our expert reviews and ratings. Additional new features for the 2018 Ford Explorer include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the 2018 Ford Explorer is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.
- Spacious interior
- Fuel efficient hybrid variant
- An 8.4-inch infotainment screen on most trims
YOU WON’T LIKE
- Choppy ride in SE trim
- Subpar interior fit and finish
- The V-6 engine could use more power
2018 Ford Explorer Release
In a 2017 comparison test that included the rivals, the 2018 Ford Explorer placed fifth. Handling also proved to be another 2018 Ford Explorer weak spot and we found the steering to be numb.
The 2018 Ford Explorer, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the 2018 Ford Explorer doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rear view camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.
The car is the only 2018 Ford Explorer trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.