2014 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Overview
2014 Ford Explorer Overview
In 2011, the once ubiquitous Ford Explorer, finding itself being outclassed at almost every turn by its competitors, even some within its own company, was selected for a major redesign. This redesign has brought the Ford Explorer back to its former glory, and the 2014 Ford Explorer, in the fourth year of this new generation, continues to keep this model in high regard.
The 2014 Ford Explorer features a modern, stylish look that accentuates its car-like origins. The unibody construction rather than body-on-frame lets the Explorer put a little distance from its more truck-like brethren, creating a vehicle that is as practical and convenient as just about any SUV while being as friendly and comfortable to drive as a typical car.
While third row seating isn’t as spacious as it could be, and cargo space is ample but not overwhelming, there are a great many features to recommend the 2014 Ford Explorer, from its drivability to its choice of engines to its high tech interior features.
Like the previous year’s model, the 2014 Ford Explorer is available in four trim levels. These are the Base model, the upgraded XLT, the Limited, or the performance-oriented Sport edition.
New for 2014
The 2014 Ford Explorer has carried over all of the best features of this new generation, including:
- Efficient EcoBoost Engine Option
- Shiftable All-Wheel Drive Modes
- High-Performance Sport Trim
The 2014 Ford Explorer has a friendly and inviting exterior, looking more like a big, tall car than a small truck. It creates this image while still retaining a classic Ford style that signifies quality and durability. The 2014 Ford Explorer comes in Ruby Red Metallic, Oxford White, Ingot Silver Metallic, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, or Tuxedo Black Metallic.
The Base model comes with a roof rack, tinted glass, a rear spoiler, and 17-inch wheels, while the XLT has 18-inch alloy wheels, with rear parking sensors and foglights. Both the Sport and the Limited feature 20-inch wheels, while the Sport also has additional distinctive exterior trim. Exterior options include a full-power liftgate and dual panel sunroof.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2014 Ford Explorer looks great and is quite roomy and comfortable, although space in the third row leaves a little to be desired. The front features cloth bucket seats with a six-way power driver seat. The rear seats recline and fold back. With both rows of rear seats folded away, you can get as much as 80.7 cu ft of space, with 21 cu ft available when all the seats are in place.
Convenience features include full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls on the wheel, air conditioning and a six-speaker sound system with CD player and MP3 playback. Upgrading to the XLT gets you a six-way power front passenger seat with premium cloth, leather and simulated alloy on the wheel, door, center console and shift knob, XM radio and the Sync system. The Limited edition adds the MyFord Touch touchscreen control system and a Premium 12-speaker Sony stereo system, along with USB and iPod connectivity.
On the Sport trim, you’ll find the Limited features plus an eight-way power driver seat with multi-level heating for the front seats. Options include second row Captain’s Chairs and a rear seat entertainment system.
Features like inflatable second row seatbelts, integrated blind spot mirrors, a blind spot warning system and lane departure alert all provide a great deal of peace of mind when driving the Ford Explorer. In addition, on Insurance Institute of Highway Safety crash tests, the 2014 Ford Explorer scored a best possible rating of “good” on the frontal offset test, side impact test, roof strength test, and rear crash protection test.
Among the wide range of standard safety features on the 2014 Ford Explorer, you’ll find: a four-wheel antilock braking system with front and rear ventilated disc brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist, stability and traction control, front side mounted airbags and front, rear and third row head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, tire pressure monitoring, child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks.
The Ford Explorer looks easy and fun to drive and it is, with a high-quality electric power steering system working well with the lightweight unibody construction of this vehicle. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Ford Explorer, with all-wheel drive optional (standard on the Sport trim). The AWD also gets you hill descent control and hill start assist, as well as the Terrain Management system for selecting driving modes appropriate to the driving conditions. The Sport trim features a sport-tuned suspension.
The standard engine on the 2014 Ford Explorer is a 3.5-liter, V-6, Flex Fuel engine linked to a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The estimated fuel economy is 17/24 mpg city/highway and you get 290 horsepower with 255 lb-ft of torque. Opting for the fuel-saving EcoBoost engine gets you a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine which gets you 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque while upping the estimated fuel economy to 20/28 mpg city/highway. If you go for the Sport trim, you’ll get a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps out 365 horses and 360 lb-ft of torque, with estimated fuel economy of 16/22 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors of the 2014 Ford Explorer
- Dodge Durango
- Mazda CX-9
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2014 Ford Explorer has 10 models that range from $34,600 - $34,600. The 2014 Explorer is a suv with four wheel drive that gets between 17 mpg (city) - 23 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.5L V6 engine. The 2014 Ford Explorer has a seating capacity of 7/6, wheelbase is 112.6 inches, cargo capacity of 21.00/80.70 cu.ft., and ground clearance of 8.30 inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 XLT 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.