Explorer Overview

The 2014 Ford Explorer – An Overview from a Ford Dealer in Louisville, Kentucky

The 2014 Ford Explorer is incredibly capable. It starts with the structure – strong and supportive, thanks to high-tech materials and advanced forming technology. To help you handle everything from rugged off-roading to snow-covered roadways, there’s the available Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System.™ For your peace of mind, Curve Control, an enhancement to AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control,™ delivers enhanced control in turns. Open the door. The Explorer offers up to seven-passenger seating capacity and seats that fold down for cargo space on demand – up to 80.7 cubic feet of space. You expect capability in an SUV. Explorer delivers it.


Terrain Management System

The available Terrain Management System allows you to easily shift on the fly into one of four settings to match the terrain you’re driving in:

• Normal – biases torque to the front wheels and sends it to the rear only as needed
• Mud/Ruts – switches the throttle to a more aggressive mode, limits upshifting and desensitizes stability control allowing the tires to spin as needed
• Sand – the throttle throws maximum torque to the wheels, placing the transmission in lower gears for as long as possible, which allows the wheels to spin aggressively
• Grass/Gravel/Snow – places the throttle in a setting to minimize wheelslip


Intelligent 4WD

Working in concert with the 4WD is the Terrain Management System™ which allows you to easily shift on the fly into one of four settings to match the terrain you’re driving on. Take your pick of Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand or Grass/Gravel/Snow. The 4WD System also includes Hill Descent Control,™ which makes tackling off-road downhills much easier. Just push a button, tap your brakes and the Explorer will maintain a steady speed on its own, letting you concentrate on steering. On top of these features, the Intelligent 4WD System in the Explorer weighs less than traditional 4WD systems.


Three Rows. Seating for up to Seven.

The Explorer can carry up to seven passengers. The second row features a 60/40 split-fold-flat bench, while the third row has a 50/50 split-folding seat with generous passenger space. Behind the third row, there is up to 21 cubic feet of cargo volume. For cargo space on demand, the second and third rows can fold flat for 80.7 cubic feet of cargo room.


Curve Control

Curve Control will slow you down as much as 10 mph per second when it senses that you’re going too fast for a particular curve. Employing throttle reduction and four-wheel braking intervention, it’s always active in helping you maintain control around the curves. Additionally, it can function on dry or wet pavement and is expected to be particularly useful when entering or exiting freeway off- or on-ramps with too much speed. Curve Control, standard on all the Explorer models, is an enhancement to AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control.™


Cargo Capacity

When it comes to configurable cargo space, the Explorer delivers big time. Both the second- and third-row seats fold flat for up to 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third-row seats folded down, there is 43.8 cubic feet of storage capacity behind the second-row seats. With the second- and third-row seats in the upright position, there is 21.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Plus, there is a storage area in the floor for smaller items. Providing cargo space on command, the available class-exclusive* PowerFold® third-row 50/50 split-folding seat folds flat at the touch of a button.


Power Fold Third-Row Seat

At the touch of a button, the available, class-exclusive* PowerFold third-row seat can fold flat for additional cargo room. Simply push a button for a flat load floor. When in the upright position, it comfortably seats two passengers.


Strong and Lightweight structure.

Thanks to advanced high-tech materials and assembly processes, the structure in the 2014 Explorer is both lightweight and strong. For starters, the A- and B-pillars are constructed of high-strength boron steel for greatly increased roof crush strength. The front-end support structure features first-in-class technology, constructed using a lightweight composite (40 percent glass-filled polypropylene with a glass-mat overlay), which matches the lateral stiffness of magnesium while reducing weight.


Power Liftgate.

The available power liftgate is just one more ingenious feature in the 2013 Explorer. It can be opened and/or closed by pushing the vehicle key fob, pressing a button located on the instrument panel or on the bottom of the tailgate. Additionally, you can program the extension height of the liftgate (useful if you park in a space with a low ceiling). It’s a little thing that makes a big difference.




The 2014 Explorer offers the available 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost® engine, delivering 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque across a wide 1,750–4,000 rpm range. The standard 3.5L V6 engine features impressive fuel economy* and an unsurpassed 290 horsepower among the V6 engines in its class.** With all that power, Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped.† An impressive performance indeed.


A marriage of V6 horsepower and fuel economy.

The V6 engine in the Explorer delivers both abundant V6 horsepower and impressive fuel economy.*

The standard 3.5L twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) V6 engine in the Explorer can be easily described in two words: no compromise. It delivers remarkable 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque.* That means you have the power for merging, accelerating and pulling a trailer. You just may not visit the gas station as much.


Best-in-class 28 hwy mpg* 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost® engine

The EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine combines two different technologies – turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) – to deliver the performance of a much larger engine. It churns out 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque across a wide 1,750–4,000 rpm range. Features include:

• All aluminum
• Direct fuel injection
• Single turbocharger
• Piston cooling jets for durability


Abundant towing capacity

With a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs., when properly equipped, the Explorer can haul a boat, camper or trailer. Power comes from its standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The Class III Trailer Tow Package, required for towing, includes an engine oil cooler and wiring harness. The Explorer has several features that make towing easier. There’s the available rear view camera that provides a video image on the center console screen of the area behind your vehicle. The screen has guides that help you align your vehicle when hooking up a trailer. Hill start assist, included in the available Intelligent 4WD System, helps keep the vehicle from rolling backward, making it easier to pull away when on a slope or hill with a grade greater than five degrees. Standard trailer sway control helps make towing even easier by detecting trailer sway and automatically reducing engine speed and applying asymmetric braking to help counter it.* When it comes to towing, the Explorer is the perfect choice.


Remote Start/Climate Control System

Simply double-click the remote start button to start your vehicle and the available Remote Start/Automatic Climate Control System provides a comfortable interior. In hot weather conditions, the cabin is cooled to 72 degrees and the cooled seats* will be set to high. When it’s cold out, the cabin temperature is also heated to 72 degrees and the heated seats will be set to high as well. Even the rear defrost/heated mirrors will be activated.


Hill Descent Control™

The available Intelligent 4WD System features Hill Descent Control.™ This makes tackling off-road downhills much easier. Just push a button, tap your brakes and the Explorer will maintain a steady speed on its own, letting you concentrate on steering.


Meet the new Explorer Sport

The 2014 Explorer Sport delivers a premium driving experience. Features include:
• 3.5L EcoBoost® engine with impressive horsepower and torque
• Sport suspension
• 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets
• SelectShift Automatic® six-speed transmission with paddle shifters
• Leather-trimmed seats in Charcoal Black or Charcoal Black with Sienna inserts
• Black grille with unique Explorer badging
• Available in White Platinum, Ruby Red, Ingot Silver and Tuxedo Black


The smartest Explorer ever.

The 2014 Explorer features some incredibly innovative and smart features. For example, there are lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist to help keep you in control. Explorer features the world’s first automotive production inflatable rear safety belts that spread crash forces over more areas of the body compared to conventional safety belts. Available adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support scans traffic ahead of you, providing an alert and precharging the brakes if it senses a collision with the vehicle in front of you. AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ features Curve Control to help provide even more control. There are even available headlamps that automatically change modes, going from low beam to high beam to provide enhanced illumination when you need it. In the 2014 Explorer, smart features help provide you with peace of mind.


Lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist – Explorer provides added peace of mind.

Unique features that are designed to help keep you in control behind the wheel:
• Lane-keeping alert warns you through haptic feedback (a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic a rumble strip) should the system detect an unintentional lane departure
• Lane-keeping aid actively applies a steering torque which directs your vehicle back into the target lane should the system detect an unintended lane departure
• A forward-facing camera detects lane markings and communicates with the steering system
• System settings are customizable


Inflatable rear safety belts

Introducing the world’s first automotive production inflatable rear safety belts. Available in the Explorer XLT and Limited models (second-row outboard seating positions), the inflated belt helps distribute crash-force energy across more of the occupant’s torso than a traditional belt, which helps reduce the risk of injury, while providing support to the head and neck. In the event of a frontal or side crash, the inflatable safety belts hold the passenger in the appropriate seating position, helping to reduce risk of injury. These safety belts are compatible with child safety seats. In consumer tests, most respondents said the inflatable rear safety belts felt similar to or softer and more comfortable than conventional safety belts. This can help encourage safety belt usage.



BLIS® with cross-traffic alert

The available BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert uses sensors in the rear quarter panels to monitor your blind spot and will illuminate an alert display on the appropriate exterior mirror if another vehicle is detected there before you change lanes. Cross-traffic alert can detect approaching vehicles while you’re slowly backing up. BLIS with cross-traffic alert is included in the BLIS Plus Inflatable Rear Safety Belt Package.


Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support

Adaptive cruise control functions similarly to cruise control, but with one exception: When its sensors detect traffic slowing, your vehicle also slows down. After traffic has cleared, your vehicle resumes the preset speed. Collision warning with brake support will alert you if it senses a potential collision with the car in front of you. A “heads-up” display, which simulates brake lights, flashes on the windshield. If you don’t react in time, the brakes will precharge and increase brake-assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness when you brake.


Automatic high-beams

New for 2014 are available automatic high-beam headlamps. Activate them and they automatically change modes, going from low beam to high beam to provide enhanced illumination. Also included are HID headlamps that last longer and use less energy than conventional halogen bulbs.


Trailer sway control

Standard trailer sway control can detect if trailer sway is occurring and automatically decrease engine speed and apply asymmetric braking to help correct the situation.* This provides more control to help you safely tow a boat or trailer.


AdvanceTrac® with RSC®

Standard AdvanceTrac with RSC is the industry’s only electronic stability control system that uses two gyroscopic sensors to monitor both yaw rate and roll rate. This allows AdvanceTrac with RSC to help you maintain control whenever it detects wheelslip, understeer, oversteer or roll motion. It also helps maintain control in adverse road conditions such as ice, gravel or rain.* AdvanceTrac with RSC also features Curve Control, which will slow the vehicle down as much as 10 mph every second when it senses that the vehicle is going too fast for a particular curve. It’s always active in helping you maintain control around the curves.


Rear View Camera

The available rear view camera provides a video image on the center console screen of the area behind your vehicle. The screen has guides and a zoom feature that help you align your vehicle with a trailer when you want to tow.


Groundbreaking technology that lets you do more.


The technology can make your driving experience much more convenient. Take, for example, available SYNC® with MyFord Touch® 27 – the easy-to-use in-car connectivity system. With simple voice commands, you can make phone calls, choose music, control your climate and more without taking your eyes off the road. Another feature, the available voice-activated Navigation System with integrated SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link34, provides weather forecasts, traffic updates, fuel prices – even movie times. Yes, there’s much more to the Ford Explorer than outstanding performance and flexibility.


Available SYNC® with MyFord® or SYNC® with MyFord Touch®

Available voice-activated technology that helps you keep your eyes on the road and stay connected to your world.

Available voice-activated technology that helps you keep your eyes on the road and stay connected to your world.
• Hands-free calling means you never have to miss a call. If your phone rings, you can answer with the push of a button, and you can make a call with the sound of your voice.
• Just plug in your compatible digital music player, USB drive or SD card and browse your music collection using voice commands.
• Say “Bluetooth® audio” and you can listen wirelessly to whatever’s on your phone, even Pandora® internet radio.
• You could have incoming texts read to you with audible text messaging.
• SYNC Services is complimentary for three years and provides turn-by-turn directions , 411 business search, personalized sports scores, news, stock quotes, horoscopes and more.
• Voice/touch climate control means you can just tell SYNC with MyFord Touch your preferred temperature and it will adjust to suit you.
• A screen on the instrument cluster (depending on the model) lets you see key features without taking your eyes off the road.
• 911 Assist® can use your connected mobile phone to call 911.
And that’s just for starters.


Available SYNC® voice-activated technology

SYNC is an easy-to-use in-car connectivity system that allows you to stay connected to your world. Simply pair your Bluetooth-enabled phone and your compatible MP3 player or USB drive and SYNC does the rest. Capabilities include:

• Make hands-free calls
• Control your music with simple voice commands
• SYNC with services (if equipped) lets you:
— Receive traffic alerts, turn-by-turn directions and business search right through your vehicle’s stereo
— Hear your favorite content anytime with personalized news, weather, horoscopes, stocks, movie times and sports (if equipped)
— Get helpful travel information through touch or voice commands for airlines, rental cars, hotels, taxis, weather and driving directions for your destination (if equipped)
— Use your laptop or desktop to map out your destination from Google Maps™ or MapQuest®and have the directions sent directly to your vehicle’s SYNC system
• Vehicle Health Report allows you to receive an online report of your vehicle’s diagnostics
• 911 Assist® can connect you directly to a 911 operator through your paired mobile phone after an accident in which an airbag deploys28
• Audible text message


Active park assist

Unlike other systems that employ imaging devices, available hands-free active park assist uses ultrasonic sensors. It’s one of the many revolutionary technology features available in the 2013 Ford Explorer. Simply press a button and the sensors can actually locate a parallel-parking space for you. Once activated and with minimal input from you, your Explorer will be parallel parked.


Sony® Audio System with HD Radio™

The available Sony Audio System features 390 watts of power, 12 high-quality premium speakers and a dual-channel subwoofer. The system includes HD Radio for static-free, razor-sharp sound reception. One especially innovative feature is iTunes® Tagging. You simply hit the “Tag” button when you hear a song you like on your local FM HD Radio station. Song information will be saved for later preview and purchase or direct buy if your device is wireless-enabled and connected to the Internet.


Interior comfort

On the coldest winter mornings, your hands will be toasty warm, thanks to the available heated steering wheel. There are also available perforated, leather-trimmed, heated and cooled front bucket seats that deliver four-season comfort for you and your passenger. The seats are included in the available Luxury Seating Package in the Limited model and feature 10-way power with power lumbar and recline. The driver’s side seat has memory feature for two drivers. Also included in the Luxury Seating Package is the PowerFold® third-row seat that can fold flat for convenient storage.


Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link

The available Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link* provides turn-by-turn directions, giving you your choice of fastest, shortest, or EcoRoute mode that instantly calculates the most fuel-efficient route and can help you achieve better fuel economy. The Navigation System features a full-color three-dimensional bird’s-eye view, provides points of interest and the last destinations entered in the system. With SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link, you’ll also get detailed traffic information, current and forecast weather, gas station locations and prices, sports scores and schedules, and theater locations with movie listings and times.


Available dual-headrest DVD players

The latest in on-the-road DVD technology. Two totally independent systems with seven-inch color LCD wide-screen monitors, top slot-loading player, two dual-channel infrared headphones and remote, game/video ports, wireless FM modulation to vehicle’s stereo system, and CD/MP3 playback capability. Comes in colors and upholstery to complement your vehicle’s interior. This is a Ford Licensed Accessory.


Intelligent access with push-button start

It’s a breeze entering your 2014 Explorer and starting the engine, thanks to the available Intelligent Access with push-button start feature. Simply have the Intelligent Access key in your pocket or purse near the driver’s side door. (The system senses when the key is nearby.) Then touch the door handle to unlock the driver’s side door or all the doors. Once inside, just press the brake pedal and then the start button. Shift into gear and go.




$29,100 Starting MSRP1

MPG City/Hwy 17/242

  • 3.5L TiVCT V6 and 6-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Curve Control
  • Trailer Sway Control


$32,680 Starting MSRP1

MPG City/Hwy 17/242

  • 3.5L TiVCT V6 and 6-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with cruise control, 5-way controls and secondary audio controls


$38,100 Starting MSRP1

MPG City/Hwy 17/242

  • MyFord Touch™
  • Ford SYNC®
  • Front leather-trimmed heated bucket seats


$40,780 Starting MSRP1

MPG City/Hwy 16/222

  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 and 6-speed SelectShift Automatic® transmission with paddle shifters
  • Audio System from Sony®with HD Radio™
  • Unique sport-style leather-trimmed heated bucket seats