2018 Ford Explorer Trim Overview | Elgin, IL

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Ford Explorer Available in Elgin, IL

You've decided the new 2018 Ford Explorer is the perfect full-size SUV for your active family, but have you chosen a trim level that meets your specific needs? To help with your decision, the experts at Hopkins Ford have compiled this detailed new Explorer trim overview. Read on to learn which trim package has the features your daily drive deserves!

When you've finished learning about the five exceptional new Explorer trim levels, visit our new inventory to see the available models at our Ford dealership in Elgin, IL.

2018 Ford Explorer Engine Options

Before you take a look at what you'll find inside the 2018 Ford Explorer, it's important for you to learn more about your engine options and availability. Whether you're looking for maximum towing power or advanced efficiency, there are three dynamic engine options to choose from. The following table will help you decide which Ford Explorer trim packages come with the engine that satisfies your needs.


2.3L Turbocharged EcoBoost® I4

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

3.5L Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost® V6


280 HP

290 HP

365 HP


310 lb.-ft.

255 lb.-ft.

350 lb.-ft.

Towing Capacity*

3,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

Fuel Efficiency*

19 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway

17 MPG City / 24 MPG Highway

16 MPG City / 22 MPG Highway

Trim Availability

Base / XLT / Limited

Base / XLT / Limited

Sport / Platinum

*When properly equipped

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2018 Ford Explorer Base vs. XLT

Are you looking for the most affordable way to take home a new Ford Explorer? The Base and XLT trim levels offer the essential features you and your family need to enjoy trips both long and short.

Ford Explorer Trim Level

Key Standard Features


Starting at $32,140 MSRP

  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Cloth upholstery
  • SYNC® infotainment interface
  • Trailer Sway Control


Starting at $34,175 MSRP

All Base trim level features, plus:

  • Reverse sensing system
  • Dual-zone electronic climate control
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • LED Signature Lighting

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2018 Ford Explorer Limited vs. Platinum

If you want advanced technology and luxurious comfort, then the Limited and Platinum trim levels are for you. From premium upholstery to top-of-the-line infotainment, the Explorer Limited and Explorer Platinum trim packages go above and beyond the typical family SUV.

Ford Explorer Trim Level

Key Standard Features


Starting at $42,090 MSRP

All XLT trim level features, plus:

  • SYNC® 3 infotainment interface
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front-row seats, second-row seats, and steering wheel
  • Sony® 12-speaker premium audio system
  • SYNC® Connect and Wi-Fi® Hotspot


Starting at $53,940 MSRP

All Sport trim level features, plus:

  • Premium Nirvana Leather upholstery with micro-perforation and quilted bolsters
  • Ford Safe and Smart™ package
  • Twin-panel moonroof
  • Premium Sound by Sony® 12-speaker audio system with Clear Phase® technology

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2018 Ford Explorer: Sport vs. Platinum

Are you looking to add modern design details or premium amenities to your drive? The new Explorer Sport and Platinum trim levels are great options to consider. But what are their differences? Check out the feature availability of the 2018 Explorer Sport and Platinum trim packages below.

Engine & Performance


3.5L EcoBoost® V6


365 HP


350 lb.-ft.


6-speed SelectShift® automatic


Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ (TMS not available on Base)

Fuel Economy

16/22 MPG

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

Interior Comfort

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control, rear auxiliary control
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • SYNC® 3
  • 60/40 split-fold second-row bench seat
  • Powerfold® 50/50 split-folding third-row bench seat
  • Unique perforated leather-trimmed, heated seats with red accent stitching (Sport); Leather seats with quilted inserts (Platinum)
  • "Platinum" embroidery, multi-contour first-row seats (Platinum)
  • Remote start and Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start
  • Voice-activated navigation system, Wi-Fi® Hotspot, SiriusXM® satellite radio, and SYNC® Connect
  • Audio system from Sony® with 12 speakers (Sport); Premium Sound from Sony® with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics (Platinum)
  • Heated outboard seats (Platinum)
  • Power-adjustable pedals with memory (Platinum)

Exterior Features

  • Quad chrome exhaust tips
  • Auto LED low beams and halogen reflector high beams
  • LED taillights (Sport includes unique blackout treatment) and configurable daytime running lights
  • LED foglamps
  • Hands-free, foot-activated liftgate
  • Heated exterior mirrors with LED signal indicators and approach lamps (Sport); Powerfold® mirrors (Platinum)
  • High gloss black roof rack side rails (Sport); satin chrome roof rack side rails (Platinum)
  • Rain-sensing wipers (Platinum)


  • Trailer Tow Package - Class III
  • Rearview camera with washer
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
  • Safety Canopy® System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Traction Control
  • Belt-Minder®
  • SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System
  • SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Reverse Sensing System and Forward Sensing System
  • Remote keyless/illuminated entry
  • Hill Descent Control™
  • Industry-first inflatable rear outboard safety belts (Platinum, optional on Sport)
  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support (Platinum)
  • Blind Spot Information System® with cross-traffic alert (Platinum)

2018 Ford Explorer Specials & Pricing

While performance and features are important when deciding on the best Ford Explorer trim for you, price is another factor to consider. Check out starting MSRPs of each new Explorer trim below.

  • Base - $32,140 MSRP
  • XLT - $34,175 MSRP
  • Limited - $42,090 MSRP
  • Sport - $45,950 MSRP
  • Platinum - $53,940 MSRP

Don't forget to check out our 2018 Explorer specials to see if you can save on your next Ford SUV at our dealership in Elgin, IL. If you have any questions, reach out to the Hopkins Ford team by calling (877) 930-4997.

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