Big, bold and blocky, the 2019 Ford Explorer is the quintessential SUV, and it has been going strong for nearly three decades. For all its success, it has never thought to rest for even a moment, preferring instead to keep pushing the envelope and redefine what it means to be a utility vehicle.
There’s not much to dislike when looking at a 2019 Ford Explorer. The dynamic grille and distinctive signature LED lights hint at an adventurous lifestyle, which the 20-inch wheels and straightforward character lines enhance even further. This is an SUV that’s meant to go places, and a quick look at the interior shows you’re clearly going to get there in total comfort. Micro-perforated, premium Nirvana leather joins real wood accents and unique stitching to create a truly inviting environment while the heated bucket seats and twin-panel moonroof bolster comfort and the sense of space. Sportiness and sophistication have never looked so good together.
Two turbocharged EcoBoost® engines are offered with the 2019 Ford Explorer alongside a standard 3.5-liter V6 rated at 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder outshines it with 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque as well as better fuel economy while the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 provides the greatest performance with 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on all but the twin-turbo, which gets AWD no matter what. The Ford Explorer can confidently tow small trailers and its firm suspension does a good job of preventing body roll in corners despite the SUV’s weight of 5,000 pounds.
Advanced technology abounds in the 2019 Ford Explorer. At its heart is SYNC® 3, an easy-to-use, voice-activated infotainment system that can also respond to touch with the responsiveness of a smartphone. It offers Alexa support, and with FordPass™ Connect with Wi-Fi hotspot you can connect up to 10 devices to the internet all at once and while on the go. The Explorer also puts safety front and center with various smart features like rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.
The 2019 Ford Explorer is a true all-rounder. Its confidence-inspiring performance, advanced convenience and safety technologies and spacious comfort make it a worthwhile SUV to have in your garage when planning the next family road trip.
This article is presented by Rich Ford in Albuquerque, New Mexico.