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The 2018 Explorer offers a wide variety of standard and optional features and packages.

2018 Explorer Standard Features

  • Interior:
    • 12-volt powerpoints (four)
    • Audio – AM/FM stereo/ single-CD player with MP3 capability and six speakers
    • Automatic headlamps
    • Auxiliary rear climate controls
    • Power windows and door locks with one-touch-down front window feature
    • Seat – 8-way power driver’s
    • Seats – first-row buckets with two-way adjustable head restraints
    • Seats – second-row 60/40 split fold-flat; third-row 50/50 split fold-flat
    • Steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and five-way controls (two)
    • SYNC with 4.2-inch color LCD screen in center stack, and media hub with smart-charging USB port
  • Powertrain:
    • Engine – 3.5L Ti-VCT V6
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Hill start assist
    • Transmission – 6-speed SelectShift automatic
  • Exterior:
    • Configurable daytime running lamps
    • LED headlamps with halogen reflector high beams
    • Mirrors – power, heated sideview with integrated blind spot mirrors
    • Roof-rack side rails
  • Safety & Security:
    • Trailer sway control
    • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control
    • Airbags – front-passenger knee, front-seat side, and three-row Safety Canopy System with side curtain airbags and rollover sensor
    • Anti-Lock Brake System
    • Battery saver with headlamps-off delay
    • Brakes – four-wheel disc with Illuminated Entry System
    • LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children
    • Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger with dualstage front airbags
    • Rearview camera
    • SecuriLock Passive
    • Anti-Theft System
    • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (excludes spare)
    • MyKey
    • Remote Keyless Entry System

2018 Explorer Optional Features

  • Airbags in second-row console airbags
  • Airbags in Second-row outboard inflatable safety belts
  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • Ambient lighting
  • Audio – audio system from Sony with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics, HD Radio and 12 speakers
  • Audio – Premium system with nine speakers
  • Audio – SiriusXM Radio with six-month trial subscription
  • Dual Headrest DVD by INVISION
  • Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
  • Engine – 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 with six-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine – 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and paddle shifters
  • Enhanced active park assist
  • Front 180-degree camera with washer
  • Hands-free foot-activated liftgate
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Intelligent four-wheeldrive with
  • Terrain Management System and Hill Descent Control
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • Lane-keeping system with lanekeeping aid and lane-keeping alert
  • Power-tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Seats – second-row bucket
  • Seats – Multicontour front
  • SYNC 3 with eight-inch color
  • LCD capacitive touch screen with AppLink, 911 Assist and two smart-charging USB ports
  • Twin-panel moonroof
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • Wheels – 20″ polished aluminum

2018 Explorer Optional Packages

  • Class II Trailer Tow Prep Package – $395:
    • Available on Explorer Base, XLT, and Limited
    • For trailers over 2,000 pounds and under 3,000 pounds with 2.3L EcoBoost engine
  • Class III Trailer Tow Package – $570
  • Required for towing with the Explorer, enabling a towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds, when properly equipped, includes:
    • For trailers over 2,000 pounds and under 5,000 pounds with 3.5L and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engines
    • Class III frame-mounted hitch
    • Four- and seven-pin trailer connectors
    • Engine oil cooler
  • Cold Weather Package ($650):
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Heated Steering Wheel
    • Forward Sensing System
  • Comfort Package:
    • Leather Seating Surfaces
    • Heated Front Seats
  • Driver-Connect Package:
    • SYNC 3 – Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System
    • 8″ LCD Capacitive Touchscreen in Center Stack
    • Applink
    • 911 Assist
    • Apple CarPlay compatibility and Android Auto compatibility
    • Two Smart-Charging Multimedia USB Ports
    • SYNC Connect:
      • Remotely start, lock and unlock vehicle
      • Schedule specific times to remotely start vehicle
      • Locate parked vehicle
      • Check vehicle status
      • Wi-Fi hotspot connects up to 10 devices
    • Two driver configurable 4.2″ color LCD displays in instrument cluster
    • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Safe and Smart Package
    • Rain-sensing wipers, which turn on automatically upon sensing rain drops
    • Auto high-beam headlamps, which automatically turn on the high beams when appropriate in order to help better illuminate the road ahead
    • Blindspot information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, which help drivers see what’s in their blind spot
    • Lane-Keeping System, which helps detect and alert drivers when the vehicle begins to drift out of the lane
    • Adaptive cruise control, which enables the vehicle to modulate its own speed when adaptive cruise control is enabled while braking the vehicle
    • Forward collision warning with brake support, which helps notify the driver of an imminent object ahead and automatically apply the brakes when necessary
  • XLT Sport Appearance Package ($1,595):
    • Metallic-painted grille bars, sideview mirror caps and exterior accent trim
    • Explorer badge on the hood
    • Black roof-rack side rails
    • 20-inch magnetic metallic-painted 10-spoke wheels
  • XLT Technology Feature Bundle:
    • Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
    • Single-CD Player
    • Universal Garage Door Opener (UGDO)
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