2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Ford Explorer

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All 2015 Ford Explorer Styles

Style NameFuel TypeDrive TypeMPGMSRP
4WD 4dr BaseFlexible FuelFour Wheel DriveCity: 17
Hwy: 17
$32,700.00
4WD 4dr LimitedFlexible FuelFour Wheel DriveCity: 17
Hwy: 17
$40,200.00
4WD 4dr SportGasoline FuelFour Wheel DriveCity: 16
Hwy: 16
$43,100.00
4WD 4dr XLTFlexible FuelFour Wheel DriveCity: 17
Hwy: 17
$35,000.00
FWD 4dr BaseFlexible FuelFront Wheel DriveCity: 17
Hwy: 17
$30,700.00
FWD 4dr LimitedFlexible FuelFront Wheel DriveCity: 17
Hwy: 17
$38,200.00
FWD 4dr XLTFlexible FuelFront Wheel DriveCity: 17
Hwy: 17
$33,000.00

2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Front Wheel Drive
Base MSRP: $30,700.00
Invoice: $28,935.00
Hwy MPG: 24 mpg
City MPG: 17 mpg

Value Writeup

The Ford Explorer has been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive. Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers.

The Explorer also stands out for being one of the "greenest" choices available. Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot.

Pros

Quiet interior; excellent ride quality; world-class safety features; good value; EcoBoost engine provides good mileage

Model Highlights

The Explorer is offered in base, XLT and Limited models, but no matter the model, it comes with three well-designed rows of seating and room for up to seven (the second row comes with two bucket seats for adults). While the third row is kid-sized, it's easier to fold than those on just about any other model--thanks to the simple, single-button power-folding system. Parents will also note that LATCH fasteners for child seats are included in the second-row outboard positions. Both the second and third rows flip forward, there's a cavernous 81 cubic feet of cargo space.

With the EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, fuel economy is one of the best in this class: 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. There is one caveat for the EcoBoost engine--it's only available with front-wheel drive, so any shoppers looking for the all-weather security of 4-wheel drive will need to step up to the V6. The larger engine performs admirably however, with EPA ratings of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The 4-wheel drive system in the Explorer is designed with the urban driving done by most Explorer owners in mind, and it includes a Terrain Management system that cleverly recalibrates the system for snow, sand or mud when needed. With 4-wheel drive, there's also Hill Descent Control, to help maintain composure on steep, slippery slopes.

Standard equipment on the Explorer is more extensive than what's found in most mainstream-brand vehicles. Cruise control, a media hub system, four 12-volt powerpoints, capless fuel-filling and the MyKey control/monitoring feature are all standard on the base model, while optional or standard models on the upper XLT or Limited trims include dual-zone climate control; remote start; power-folding, heated side-view mirrors; reverse sensing; ambient lighting, adjustable pedals, a rearview camera system, push-button start and a 110-volt AC outlet.

MyFord Touch, a touch-screen-based interface that combines a host of vehicle, information and entertainment functions in an interface that appears a bit like that of iPads or other tablet computers. The system works together with Ford's Sync interface to interact seamlessly--and with voice commands--with media players, smartphones and music on USB sticks.

All Explorers include both Roll Stability Control and Curve Control sophisticated stability control systems. Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags also cover all three rows and an SOS Post-Crash System helps alert authorities if the airbags deploy. Safety-related tech features on the Explorer include adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system that includes brake support as well as a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.

Model News

The Ford Explorer is essentially unchanged for 2015. The Limited trim will offer optional adaptive cruise control and second-row heated seats.

Pricing

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Exterior Color Interior Colors
 

Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

Manufacturers Code: (RR)

  • Medium Light Stone
 

Oxford White

Manufacturers Code: (YZ)

  • Medium Light Stone
 

Tuxedo Black Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (UH)

  • Medium Light Stone
 

Ingot Silver Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (UX)

  • Medium Light Stone
 

Deep Impact Blue Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (J4)

  • Medium Light Stone

Vehicle

Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year8.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas ScoreN/A
Vehicle
EPA ClassificationStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD

Powertrain

Transmission
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code44J
Trans Type6
Trans Description Cont.Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)4.48
Second Gear Ratio (:1)2.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)1.84
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.41
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)0.74
Reverse Ratio (:1)2.88
Clutch SizeN/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)3.39
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), HighN/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), LowN/A
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy24 MPG
Cruising Range - City316.20 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City17 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined20 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy446.40 mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - CityN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - HwyN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - CombinedN/A
Engine
Engine Order Code998-1
Engine TypeRegular Unleaded V-6
Displacement3.5 L/213
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM290 @ 6500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM255 @ 4000
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)175
Cooling System
Total Cooling System CapacityN/A

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity7
Passenger Volume151.7 ft³
Front Head Room41.4 in
Front Leg Room40.6 in
Front Shoulder Room61.3 in
Front Hip Room57.3 in
Second Head Room40.5 in
Second Leg Room39.8 in
Second Shoulder Room61 in
Second Hip Room56.7 in
Third Head Room37.8 in
Third Leg Room33.2 in
Third Shoulder Room50.8 in
Third Hip Room40.7 in
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase112.6 in
Length, OverallN/A
Width, Max w/o mirrors78.9 in
Height, Overall70.4 in
Track Width, Front67 in
Track Width, Rear67 in
Min Ground Clearance7.6 in
Rear Door Opening HeightN/A
Rear Door Opening WidthN/A
Liftover HeightN/A
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3N/A
Cargo Area Width @ BeltlineN/A
Cargo Box Width @ WheelhousingsN/A
Cargo Box (Area) HeightN/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 180.7 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 243.8 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 321 ft³

Chassis

Weight Information
Base Curb Weight4432 lbs
Curb Weight - FrontN/A
Curb Weight - RearN/A
Maximum Payload CapacityN/A
Curb WeightN/A
Total Option Weight0.00 lbs
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.2000 lbs
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.200 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.2000 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.200 lbs
Maximum Trailering Capacity2000 lbs
Suspension
Suspension Type - FrontStrut
Suspension Type - RearMulti-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - FrontN/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - RearN/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - FrontN/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - RearN/A
Tires
Front Tire SizeP245/60HR18
Rear Tire SizeP245/60HR18
Spare Tire SizeCompact
Wheels
Front Wheel Size18 X 7.5 in
Rear Wheel Size18 X 7.5 in
Spare Wheel SizeCompact in
Front Wheel MaterialAluminum
Rear Wheel MaterialAluminum
Spare Wheel MaterialSteel
Steering
Steering TypeRack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), OverallN/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb39.2 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to WallN/A
Brakes
Brake Type4-Wheel Disc
Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line)N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness12.8 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness12.8 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx18.6 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, ApproxN/A

Warranty Information

Basic:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
5 Years/60,000 Miles

Corrosion:
5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
5 Years/60,000 Miles

Crash Test Rating

US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:

Overall Rating: * * * * *

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: * * * * *

Overall Side Crash Rating: * * * * *

Side Barrier Rating: * * * * *


Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: * * * * * Rear Seat Rating: * * * * *

Overall Rollover Rating: * * * *
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 16.9%

Note Regarding Driver Rating:

Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Recall Information

US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
15V464000

Mfg's Report Date:
JUL 23, 2015

Component:
PARKING BRAKE

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
7165

Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 23, 2015, Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 21, 2015, and 2015-2016 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 23, 2015. The affected vehicles have a parking brake that may not fully engage when applied. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."

Consequence:
If the parking brake does not fully engage and the transmission is left in a gear other than 'Park' while on a slope, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will test the operation of the parking brake system, and if necessary, replace the parking brake control assembly, free of charge. The recall began on September 4, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C07.

Dates of Manufacture:
MAY 03, 2015 to MAY 22, 2015

Manufacturer Recall Number:
15C07
US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
16V245000

Mfg's Report Date:
APR 25, 2016

Component:
SUSPENSION:REAR

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
75364

Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured January 17, 2014 to May 31, 2014. The affected vehicles may have improperly welded rear suspension toe links that may fracture.

Consequence:
A fracture of the rear suspension toe link may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension toe links, free of charge. The recall began on November 18, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S18.

Dates of Manufacture:
JAN 16, 2014 to MAY 30, 2014

Manufacturer Recall Number:
16S18
US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
17E048000

Mfg's Report Date:
AUG 27, 2017

Component:
SUSPENSION:REAR

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
630

Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain Wheel Hub Bearing assemblies, part number HB5Z-1104-C, incorrectly listed as being for installation on the rear axles of 2011-2017 Ford Explorer 4X2 vehicles. These bearings assemblies were manufactured without a self retention feature, possibly resulting in the separation of the wheel or wheel end.

Consequence:
A loss of the wheel or wheel end can increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Ford will notify the distributors of the hubs specifying that they are to only be used on drive axles. It is believed that none of the hubs were purchased from Ford dealers for the incorrect application. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.


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