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A Mix of Good & Bad | 2018 Ford Explorer Sport | TestDrive Spotlight

  • Another light facelift for Ford's consumer-focused full-size SUV. What's changed? Read our full review: goo.gl/GHW3mQ
    Usually when the police pick a car, it's a sign that it's a solid, dependable vehicle for consumers as well. The Explorer has quickly become the go-to choice for police forces here in Canada when it comes to SUVs, mixed with Chevrolet's Tahoe. This Sport model is the top middle of Ford's Explorer SUV lineup, coming under the Platinum trim for king of the hill.
    The 2018 facelift also revised the front-end slightly, with changes to the headlight design and fog light location. Aside from that there isn't much else new about the design of this 2018 Ford Explorer Sport. The exterior design certainly resembles that of a Range Rover with the large Explorer lettering along the hood, along with the style of grille they've opted for. No one will be mistaking this for a Land Rover, but it's not a bad design overall.
    One of the biggest exterior features we don't see on other vehicles are the front and rear camera washers, allowing you to clear off either camera with the touch of a button. This comes in handy all the time, especially during the winter months when these cameras can get dirty. Other exterior features include LED headlights and fog lamps, front and rear parking sensors, automatic power folding mirrors, and a power rear lift-gate with foot swipe open.
    Inside is where we feel the Explorer takes some hits, the interior doesn't excite us in terms of design, and we notice some serious quality control issues with the door panelling. Aside from that you do get heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row captains chairs, heated steering wheel, a suite of safety tech like radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and emergency braking.
    A number of options were also selected on this vehicle, including those centre row captains chairs, a dual panel sunroof, dual DVD players mounted in the head rests, roof rails, and all-weather floor mats.
    Our full tour and review of this 2018 Ford Explorer Sport goes over these features, the things we liked the most about this full-size SUV, the areas we feel can be improved, and take it on a road test to see how the 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbo V6 engine feels on the road.
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    Category : Auto