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Families seeking an SUV that’s well equipped across the board in the areas of power, comfort, safety, and style will be instantly drawn to the seven-seat 2017 Ford Explorer.
This year the Explorer’s commanding character and matching performance is accompanied by new style options and improved technology. For the full scoop on this midsize SUV, new vehicle shoppers in State College, Bellefonte, and Port Matilda can read the following vehicle review by The Lake Dealerships in Lewistown, PA.
The 2016 Ford Explorer’s update brought a new EcoBoost® engine and the top-of-the-line luxury Platinum trim, so big changes weren’t expected for the Explorer’s 2017 model year. However, drivers are sure to appreciate the changes Ford did make room for.
Available in five trims—base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum—the 2017 Ford Explorer brings new outer style options to its lineup with the addition of the Sport Appearance Package. Now the Sport body style’s striking black grille and exterior accents can be applied to lower trims like the Explorer XLT.
The 2017 Ford Explorer’s second major update is swapping out MyFord Touch infotainment with Ford’s latest SYNC® 3 system. The new SYNC® 3 touchscreen-based tech platform is incredibly easy to use, responding instantly to smartphone-like swipes and taps to switch music options or control the available navigation system. Voice command technology is built into the system as well, so you can quickly adjust the volume or dial up a friend without taking your hands off of the wheel.
The 2017 Ford Explorer continues to offer three robust engine options that allow you to pick your performance preference. Strong acceleration is the common denominator between all three.
The base engine is a 3.5L V6 with 260 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Two additional turbocharged engines that belong to the EcoBoost® family can be selected. The turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine delivers 280 horsepower while returning the model’s highest fuel return at an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway.
Top power is the product of the Explorer’s highest EcoBoost® engine, a dominating 3.5L twin-turbo V6 that delivers 365 horsepower.
All-wheel drive is available on the 2017 Explorer as is the Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ that provides four selectable driving modes for conquering travel conditions year-round, on road and off.
The 2017 Ford Explorer’s interior supports its status as a family-sized getaway ride, skillfully providing space, style, and comfort at its inner SUV layer.
In terms of head-and legroom, measurements, the front, middle, and third rows are generously proportioned. The front and middle seats offer at or above 40 inches of legroom—42.9 in and 39.5 in—which are great capacities for the class.
True fold-flat rear seating rows in the Explorer make it easy to haul larger items like furniture, and there’s plenty of room with all seats upright, 21 cubic feet of space to be exact, for weekly groceries, camping gear, and more. With both rows folded down, you have an expansive 81.7 ft3 to fill.
The 2017 Ford Explorer also features an available hands-free liftgate that grants you instant access to the cargo area without having to put down the bags you’re carrying. The simplicity of waving your foot under the bumper to open the hatch hands-free makes loading up the SUV much less of an effort.
Seating up to seven and providing steadfast performance, if you’re after a midsize SUV that’s ready for anything, the 2017 Ford Explorer should be at the top of your test drive list. Those seeking a fearless family hauler in Lewistown, State College, Bellefonte, and Port Matilda can check out the 2017 Explorer at their local Ford resource, The Lake Dealerships.
We have a complete selection of Ford Explorer models in stock, ready for you to take for a spin. To schedule your Explorer test drive, get in touch with our Ford experts at The Lake Dealerships today!