2014 Ford Explorer Review

The 2014 Ford Explorer is the latest iteration in the famous Explorer line, now in its fourth generation, and it continues the trend of quality crossovers that are suited for customers who need plenty of space. This latest model is an iterative rather than revolutionary upgrade, but the changes all go towards making it the best version of the Explorer to date.

Over time, the Explorer has evolved from its origins to keep up with the requirements and expectations of a large American family. Ford continues to take the best elements of their other vehicles as inspiration for improving the Explorer, giving it a sense of shared heritage with sedans like the Taurus. The exterior appearance is subtly unique, avoiding the overt look of a sedan or a minivan whilst taking elements from both. Thanks to the stylized grille, tall body, and distinctively shaped windows, the car is both recognizable and attractive.

Inside the Explorer, you will find a car that is spacious and comfortably seats up to seven, although getting into the rear row can be a little tricky. The 2014 Ford Explorer has a more efficient sense of interior space than its predecessors, so whether you need to move people or cargo, it is a sound choice. The interior is also upholstered with high-quality materials and both metal and wood-grained interiors are available as upgrades. 

The car doesn't skimp on the things you'd expect, from cruise control to a telescoping steering wheel to power windows, and also features a six speaker stereo system. There are a host of upgrades available such as satellite radio, a heated steering wheel, and twin USB ports. One downside to the interior is the MyFord entertainment system, which has been reported as unwieldy and not quick enough to respond to commands, but despite this the interior features and options are of high quality and add a lot to the vehicle's comfort and utility.

The performance of the 2014 Ford Explorer is one area which really shines. The standard is front wheel drive, with an option for four wheel driver, and both perform very nicely. Powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine, acceleration is fast and responsive. Also available is the EcoBoost 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine for front wheel drive only, which ups the gas mileage considerably. The Explorer Sport model, meanwhile, boasts the EcoBoost twin turbo V6 along with all wheel drive, and this is a beefy engine that really ups the performance. Get your 2014 Ford Explorer in Waldorf, MD at Waldorf Ford today.

The MPG of the standard engine is 17 city/24 highway, dropping to 23 highway with all wheel drive. This isn't bad for the class of vehicle but, if fuel efficiency is a priority and you're willing to sacrifice some acceleration, that EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine turns the Explorer into a much more efficient car, giving 20 city/28 highway. By contrast the Explorer Sport with the twin turbo engine suffers in fuel efficiency, dropping to 16 MPG in the city and 22 on the highway.

Finally, when it comes to safety the Explorer again stands out, with an abundance of airbags in the cabin, four wheel ABS and disc brakes, traction control, and inflatable seat belts for the middle row to help protect kids in the event of a crash. Overall, the 2014 Explorer has gained 5-star ratings in government crash tests and is a very safe vehicle.

The 2014 Ford Explorer is a grand crossover which takes the best elements of the classes that inspire it. With plenty of interior space, pleasant and numerous features, various engine options, and excellent safety, the Explorer is a superb choice for a family car.

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