2018 Ford Explorer Trim Overview | 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 XLT

2018 Ford Explorer: Base vs. XLT vs. Limited

The three most affordable 2018 Explorer trim levels include the Base, XLT, and Limited. They all offer robust performance and advanced safety systems, but what makes them different? Check out the feature availability of the new Explorer Base, XLT, and Limited trim packages below.

Engine & Performance

Engine

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

2.3L EcoBoost® I4

Horsepower

290 HP

280 HP

Torque

255 lb.-ft.

310 lb.-ft.

Transmission

6-speed SelectShift® automatic

6-speed SelectShift® automatic

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive; optional Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ (TMS not available on Base)

Front-wheel drive; optional Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ (TMS not available on Base)

Fuel Economy

17/24 MPG (FWD)

16/22 MPG (AWD)

19/27 MPG (FWD)

18/25 MPG (AWD)

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

3,000 lbs.

Trim Availability

Standard: Base, XLT

Optional: Limited

Standard: Limited

Optional: Base, XLT

Interior Comfort

  • Manual single-zone climate control (Base, XLT); Dual-zone automatic climate control (Limited)
  • SYNC® (Base, XLT); SYNC® 3 (Limited)
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • 60/40 split-fold second-row bench seat
  • 50/50 split-fold third-row bench seat (Base, XLT); Powerfold® 50/50 split-folding third-row bench seat (Limited)
  • Perforated leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats (Limited)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (XLT, Limited); Heated steering wheel (Limited)
  • Remote start and Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start (Limited)
  • Voice-activated navigation system, Wi-Fi® Hotspot, SiriusXM® satellite radio, and SYNC® Connect (Limited)
  • Audio system from Sony® with 12 speakers (Limited)
  • Heated outboard seats (Limited)

Exterior Features

  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Auto LED low beams and halogen reflector high beams
  • LED taillights and configurable daytime running lights
  • LED foglamps (Limited)
  • Hands-free, foot-activated liftgate (Limited)
  • Heated, power exterior mirrors (Base, XLT); Powerfold® mirrors (Limited)
  • Silver roof rack side rails (XLT); Chrome roof rack side rails (Limited)
  • LED signature lighting (XLT, Limited)
  • Optional XLT Sport Appearance Package (XLT)

Safety

  • 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 (XLT, Limited)
  • Reverse Sensing System (XLT, Limited)
  • Forward Sensing System (Limited)
  • Remote keyless/illuminated entry
  • Optional industry-first inflatable rear outboard safety belts
  • Optional Ford Safe and Smart™ Package (XLT, Limited)


2018 Ford Explorer Platinum

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

Engine

3.5L EcoBoost® V6

Horsepower

365 HP

Torque

350 lb.-ft.

Transmission

6-speed SelectShift® automatic

Drivetrain

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)

Safety

  • 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

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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