Take a Trip Under the Hood and Over Terrain with Autotrader and 2017 Ford Explorer

If the expert reviewer's excursion is any indication, you're in for quite a ride.

Autotrader took to the road in a 2017 Explorer to check out the excellent drive-time experience and feature- and amenity-laden build for itself, and the 7-seat crossover wasn't found wanting. The online vehicle research and information leaders were confronted by a vehicle that "stood apart" from rivals as "one of the best in its class," showcasing a "smooth ride" that hearkened to driving a "luxury car," and one with a "sleek design and high-quality interior playing host to cutting-edge technology" at that. The reviewer enjoyed not only a cabin both tranquil on the road and upscale in its feel, but also the fuel-economy fruits of the SUV's 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder engine's labor, along with the thrill of commandeering with an optional 3.5-liter turbo V6 under the hood. Tack on 2017 Explorer's intelligent all-wheel-drive system, and the reviewer's mention of the plus of its terrain responsiveness shows us the makings of an off-road experience to remember.

And there's more to 2017 Explorer than meets the critical eye. Just look at its myriad trims. The base model sits atop large, rugged, 18-inch alloy wheels, accented by front and rear LED lighting, and on the inside, there's a cabin to impress: amenities like Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and USB ports for plugging in mobile devices present, manageable via an expansive 4.2-in display.

Take a step up to 2017 Explorer XLT, and you can cut through the thick of terrain and weather while cutting a figure thanks to fog lights, heated side mirrors and rear parking sensors for reversing convenience, as well as upgraded brakes, the comfort of a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ease of use afforded by push-button start, and satellite radio support for road amusement. 2017 Explorer's optional XLT Sport Appearance Package decks out your ride for prowess, with monster 20-in alloy wheels, a bespoke grille and mirror caps, stylish black side cladding and an equipment-ready roof rack on the outside, and a dark-grey leather front interior, speckled with suede seatback inserts, contrast stitching, and door trim insert accents, among others.

The luxury turn comes with 2017 Ford Explorer Limited. Recline into its standard leather-upholstered, heated and ventilated front seats or heated second-row seats, and you can take advantage of perks like power steering wheel and pedal adjustment, navigation access via the SUV's 8-inch touchscreen, and dual-zone automatic climate control for customizing cabin conditions. Power-fold the third seating row, and you gain an expanded storage space, accessible with ease via Explorer Limited's hands-free power tailgate. If you're looking to indulge your inner roadster with a few of the offerings of Limited, 2017 Explorer Sport proves a spirited ride atop a tuned suspension with standard all-wheel drive as well as 20-inch wheels.

2017 Explorer Platinum tops the line, boasting not only most amenities offered in lower trims as well as luxury materials in cockpit and rear alike, but also a heated steering wheel and dual sunroof for enjoying the range of elements the drive has to offer. And speaking of, the trip's bound to remain smooth thanks to adaptive cruise control, parking assist for perpendicular and parallel spaces in kind, and safety features like blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

If you're interested in seeing that about which the experts are talking, you're in luck: All Star Ford's 3800 Century Way showroom has more than a few models to pique your interest. Plus, we service the Pittsburg, CA area, so whether you're from Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Oakley or nearby, we can put you behind the wheel of a 2017 Explorer to define your road trip. Stop by and see us today!


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