2018 Ford Explorer: A Performance Report


The name Explorer itself suggests the kind of task Ford wanted to delegate to its new SUV. So when the latest 2018 version of Explorer rolled in, it immediately spread the craze, with its robust look and high-end mechanicals. As a front-wheel drive, the 2018 Ford Explorer could easily set the standard of performance with its powertrain clubbed with the latest features, that ease out the driving hazards.

The Powertrain

In the Baton Rouge Ford dealership, we saw the base trim running on a V-6 and turbo four-cylinder engines as optional, the Ford Explorer can get ready for almost any duty on road. The horsepower it generates with both the engine options rise up to 280 and 290 respectively with a 255 lb-ft and 310 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with the front-wheel drive comes as a standard combination for both the engines while the all-wheel drive stays optional.


With its 365-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine, the 2018 Ford Explorer drives in refined way using its power at the right place at right time. Riding it, one feels balanced and comfortable, with all of its three engine choices offering plenty of power to get all the duties performed with equal efficiency.

Acceleration and Power

The standard engine of the 2018 Ford Explorer being a 3.5-liter V6 one with 290 horsepower peps up every ride enough to face all driving conditions with equal brevity, leaving few chances to complain. The Fuel economy by EPA rating counts 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, that though sufficient, is not the best in the class.

Handling and Braking

The brake pedal of the 2018 Explorer is feels softer though its stopping distance of 174-foot proves its efficiency being higher than average among the category of three-row crossovers.

On the highway, the Explorer stays calm and collected making its occupants feel stable all through the ride. Its suspension is smooth and that is the reason why it could always deliver a relaxing road trip every time. However, while driving its size might deceive, you with its poor visibility and one might feel like navigating a larger vehicle while taking wide turning radius.

According to the customers of the Ford dealer serving Baton Rouge, the Sport and Platinum trim the Ford Explorer gets a hill descent control with Ford’s own Terrain Management System that comes with four driving modes: Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Grass/Gravel/Snow that makes handling more agile. The Sport trim on the other hand breathes in an athletic feeling because of its responsive steering wheel and a sport-tuned suspension.

The ride-and-handling balance of the 2018 Ford Explorer exhibits the excellent body control that it can achieve during driving in corners, while its braking performance leaves many of its rivals far behind. If you ask for the typical crossover activities like crawling in a mall parking lot or carting people across the town, this Explorer from Ford won’t disappoint you ever

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Ford Explorer drives like a bigger SUV than it really is. Its rides are well-damped prioritizing comfort over a dynamic handling. That is welcome by most users who need to travel regularly through rough patches of land or drive long road trips often.