Ford Explorer Review

Ford Explorer hasn’t had the greatest year, in June we’ve all seen the shocking news that Ford may recall 1.2 million of Explorers (years 2011-2017) due to the potential crash risks. So, buyers beware! But, fortunately, the 2019 Ford Explorer is an updated fifth-generation SUV and there are a lot of noteworthy style and technology updates. Let’ get into it and find out what we can expect from a 2019 Ford.

Ford Explorer Review

List of Pros

  • Top-notch interior materials
  • Noise-cancellation is excellent
  • Very comfortable seats
  • Updated user-friendly Infotainment System
  • Remarkable steering and handling
  • Top-notch cabin materials in upper trims

List of Cons

  • Automatic emergency braking isn’t included  
  • Upper fully-loaded trims are very pricey
  • The third row isn’t suited for adults

Ford Explorer Overview

Experts call the 2019 Ford Explorer a “so-so” choice, certainly within this price range you can do much better. The Edmund’s professional rankings have placed Explorer on the 15 out of 23 examined best mid-sized SUV for this year.

2019 Explorer is specious, though this 7-seater won’t sit seven adults with comfort, the third row space is somewhat limited. The engines are great, there’s even an optional awesome turbocharged V6 engine on the upper premium trims. You can look forward to some new safety features, like the blind-spot alert standard on all of the trims above the base; moreover, the upper trims are equipped with Ford’s Safe and Smart Package. There are 5 trims, starting from the Base, in the middle we have the XLT and Limited and fully-packed lux trims are represented by the Sport and Premium. Overall, Explorer is a very nice car, but, honestly, you can find a better crossover with a lower price tag.


Exterior of Ford Explorer

Explorer is an attractive car with a stylish exterior. Upper trims have up to 8 options of modern beautiful colors: the Ruby Red Metallic along with the great rugged look and fresh design will make you noticeable on a very buzzy road. There is a large gloss black grille with similar grilles down low. A big “Explorer” emblem across a massive hood and a “Ford” emblem right on the grille add a bit of metallic shine to the front. And wheels are really something: with the blacked-out artsy geometric design and going up to 20 inches they add a lot to the overall pricey, lux look.


Interior of Ford Explorer 2019

Exceptionally high-quality cabin materials in the upper trims, roomy comfortable interior, on point-tech and unmatched noise cancellation all create a feeling of elegance and sophistication. You’ll find more than enough cargo space and very comfortable seats that are upholstered with soft leather starting with the Limited trim. Even the base levels have a very well put-together cabin design, though the quality of materials on the base trim have received a lot of criticism.

Interior of Ford Explorer


Here is where Ford shines: due to a trio of powerful engines Ford delivers a solid performance on the road. Explorer comes equipped with the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine packing 290 hp, next we have the option to opt for the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 280 hp or the high performance 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine that is capable of generating 365 hp. Furthermore, smooth acceleration and the car’s handling ability all add to the overall first-rate performance.


The 2019 Explorer is literally packed with useful tech, though some available features will drive the price up. Now, the most interesting tech comes in the form of a) Ford+Alexa app that provides you with mind-blowing amount of skills and will allow you to stay connected anywhere. B) The Ford Safe and Smart package and the c) SYNC® 3 voice-activated tech are hands down best tech features. You can also add a keyless entry with a code on the side door, use a 180-degree camera, hands-free foot-activated liftage and much more.


Choosing between five different levels is not that hard with the Explorer: if you are shopping on a budget, then just take advantage of the easy Explorer customization and add your personal must-haves to the first two trims and the price will be more than reasonable. The price ranges from a very attractive 32 365 USD to the hefty 54 165 USD.


The seats are standardly upholstered with a cloth material and the upper trims come in soft pleasant leather. There are 7 seats, though back row is more comfortable for children. The driver’s seat is highly adjustable and comes either 8 or 10-way adjustable. The Explorer offers 3 sets of LATCH child-seat connections.

Climate control

Explorer will allow you to keep the crossover’s air and climate very comfortable. SYNC 3 will help you to run and adjust the climate comfort, like temperature, defrost controls, speed of the fans or the heated steering wheel.

Infotainment System

The Explorers Infotainment System is exceptionally intuitive and user-friendly. The center console is not overly sensitive to the touch. Menu is made in a way to accommodate even those non-tech savvy drivers.

Storage and Space

Explorer has tons of cargo room, you can adjust and fold the seats in the second or the third row to add to the overall cargo space. Plus, the storage is also thought-through; there are a lot of interior storage with the necessary cup holders, niches and shelves.

Ford Explorer Review 2019


The overall level of comfort is outstanding: the cabin is spacious, the ride performance is superb and the tech is all it can be.

Seat comfort

Seats are comfortable and cushy; moreover, you can opt for the heated and cooled front seats, as well as heated seats in the second row. But, note, that third-row seats are better suited for children, then adults as space there is a bit limited.

Ride comfort

Regardless of where you find yourself in the Explorer, especially if it is the driver’s seat, you’ll appreciate the soft comfy seating with great lumbar support. You’ll love the extremely smooth secure ride and definitely appreciate the quiet inside the cabin.  


Ride quality is great on all of the trims, though there are some complaints about a bumpy rode due to the stiff suspension on the Sport trim.

Safety & Reliability

The NHTSA gave the FX overall ratings of 5 stars. And the IIHS gave Explorer top scores in the moderate-front overlap, side-impact and roof-strength tests, though there are some “Marginal” or even “Poor” marks for the small overlap front driver, the headlights results or the  small overlap front passenger.

Should I Buy the Ford Explorer?

Ford has already introduced the impressive completely revamped 2020 Explorer. They’ve changed a lot –  an much for the better. What that leaves us with is the lowered prices on the 2019 – and that is a great reason to buy this otherwise very expensive crossover.

How Much Does it cost?

32 365 USD – 54 165 USD