2014 Ford Explorer

MSRP $30,015 - $41,675

Ranked #11 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2014 Ford Explorer Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Ford Explorer has served American families for a while now as one of the best full-size SUVs in the market. The Explorer strives to be fuel-efficient, refined, spacious, and comfortable all at the same time and has won the trust of thousands of happy customers across the US. The 2014 Ford Explorer is widely regarded as the go-to SUV for a lot of potential customers as it offers great value for money. It also has a frugal engine, and top safety scores to boast about. 

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Pros

Great cabin quality

Comfortable ride quality

Top safety scores

Fuel-efficient engine

Massive street-cred

Cons

Mediocre off-road performance

Hard to use infotainment

Middle-row lacks space

What's New?

Standard automatic headlights on all trims

Second-row heated seats are now standard on Limited trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30015

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

129 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

255 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

112.6 in.

length

197.1 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

70.4 in.

curb weight

4534 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

151.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

80.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

446.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$30,015 onwards

XLT$32,900 onwards

Limited$38,100 onwards

Sport$41,675 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Ford Explorer in Bronze Metallic color
Bronze Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2014 Ford Explorer gets standard automatic lights, while rear heated seats are now available from Limited trim onwards. The 2014 model is available in 4 trim levels with the current iteration and the prices start from $30,910 for the ‘Base FWD’ trim and go all the way up to $42,570 for the ‘Sport AWD’ trim. It competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia, and the Mazda CX-9 in the affordable full-size SUV class.


8.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2014 Ford Explorer Features

8.5/10

The 2014 Ford Explorer is available in 4 trim levels as well as 2 drivetrain options for all trim levels except the ‘Sport’ trim. The base trim level comes with a host of standard features while the upper features such as the XLT and Limited trim levels add premium features to the interior. The Sport trim, as the name suggests, comes with sports-oriented features including a higher tuned twin-turbocharged powertrain unit and only an AWD drivetrain as an option.

Trim

Base

XLT

Limited

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$30,910

$33,795

$39,000

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$32,910

$35,795

$41,000

$42,570

Key Features

17-inch steel wheels

Adds to or replaces features from Base

Adds to or replaces features from XLT

Adds to or replaces features from Limited

 

Automatic headlamps

18-inch alloy wheels

Dual-zone automatic climate control

20-inch wheels

 

Rear privacy glass

Fog lamps

12-speaker Sony sound system

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Blind-spot monitors

Rear parking sensors

Leather upholstery

Front sport seats

 

Cruise control

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

8-way power driver’s seat

Unique exterior and interior detailing

 

Air conditioning

Bluetooth

20” wheels

Twin-Turbo powertrain

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The 2014 Ford Explorer Limited trim level is the best available trim level in the lineup as it adds a lot more premium interior features at a price tag just below the $40,000 mark. While the Sport trim is also an impressive one, it costs around $1,500 more than the Limited trim and the bigger engine won’t be a favorable option for everyone.

2014 Ford Explorer Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2014 Ford Explorer comes with two powertrain options with a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 powering the Explorer for the first three trim levels while the ‘Sport’ trim gets the same engine configuration but with a twin-turbocharging setup. The base engine configuration puts out 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque while the twin-turbocharged setup helps the engine create 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. 

Both the engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission setup that works seamlessly to ensure the Explorer is in the right gear every time to help aid your driving experience and comfort. The Explorer is not supposed to be a serious off-roader and nor is it a sports-oriented SUV and hence the drivetrain and gearbox are tuned in a specific way to help it perform the best in the city environment. The Explorer comes equipped with both FWD and AWD drivetrains depending upon the spec that you choose but the ‘Sport’ trim is the only trim level that doesn’t offer an FWD drivetrain. It is fairly responsive to throttle and takes 7.5 seconds to the 60mph mark.

Models

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Mazda CX-9

MSRP

$30,910

$31,670

$35,410

$30,815

Engine

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6,500 RPM

281 hp @ 6,300 RPM

288 hp @ 6,300 RPM

273 hp @ 6,250 RPM

Torque

255 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

266 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

270 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

270 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.5

8.1

7.7

7.4

Quarter-Mile (sec)

16

16.4

15.4

15.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

131

132

132

140

The Ford Explorer’s performance is moderate when compared to the rest of the rivals. The Mazda CX-9 is the best performing SUV clocking 7.4 seconds to the 60mph mark in the class despite being the least powerful in terms of horsepower. Its high torque and lesser curb weight help it accelerate impressively. The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the higher-priced vehicles but performs underwhelmingly and lurks at the bottom of the table, while the most expensive GMC Acadia clocks 7.7 seconds and lies midway in the segment.

2014 Ford Explorer Fuel Economy

8.0/10

For a mid-size SUV, the 2014 Explorer provides a decent fuel economy with a combined fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon which is the highest in the class. The city and highway fuel economy are 17 and 24 MPG respectively. While the fuel economy is almost similar to that of the rest of the SUVs in its lineup, the Explorer’s fuel tank capacity seems to be its drawback.

With an 18.6-gallon fuel tank, the Explorer offers the lowest fuel tank capacity in its class. What this translates to is the fact that despite the good fuel economy figures, it can’t offer an excellent fuel range compared to its rivals. The range seems decent for an SUV but with a larger fuel tank capacity, the Explorer could have been the best option in its class in terms of fuel efficiency and range.

Models

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Mazda CX-9

MPG (City)

17

17

17

17

MPG (Highway)

24

24

24

24

MPG (Combined)

20

19

19

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

18.6

22.0

22.0

20.1

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

316 / 446 / 372

374 / 528 / 418

374 / 528 / 418

342 / 482 / 382

The Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia are corporate siblings of one another and hence share a lot of similarities including the powertrain, fuel economy, and fuel range. They both offer the longest driving range despite an average fuel economy due to their large gas tank on offer. The Ford Explorer is the most frugal of the lot while the Mazda CX-9 has fuel efficiency similar to that of the GM SUVs but employs a much smaller fuel tank.

2014 Ford Explorer Interior

6.0/10

The 2014 Ford Explorer comes with a feature-rich interior that is both comfortable and practical for a full-size SUV. It is available with both a 7-seater and 8-seater option that can be availed as per your requirements. The overall interior design and quality are pretty modest and worth the price tag. The dashboard design layout is simple and subtle, yet classy in its way. All the buttons and infotainment controls are easily accessible to the driver and the black interior adds to the overall aesthetics.

The second-row seats are both available as pilot seats and bench seats and have a decent amount of space for two to three occupants to be seated comfortably. There is also an optional heating feature for the second-row seats. The third-row seats are 50-50 split-bench seats and spacious enough for two to three kids. Although adults can manage to sit in the third row, being seated for long journeys will prove to be uncomfortable as the third row offers low shoulder room and legroom for three adults to be seated comfortably.

The standard cargo capacity of 21 cu-ft is moderate compared to what its counterparts offer. It offers a maximum cargo capacity of 80.7 cu-ft which adds to its practicality in a major way. The boot can easily accommodate large luggage comfortably even when all seats are in use and folding down the third row of seats should open up more than enough space to carry a week's worth of luggage for an entire family on a road trip. 

Models

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Mazda CX-9

Seating Capacity

7

8

8

7

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Legroom (in)

41.4 / 61.3 / 40.6

40.4 / 61.5 / 41.3

40.3 / 61.6 / 41.3

39.6 / 59.4 / 40.9

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Legroom (in)

40.5 / 61.0 / 39.8

39.4 / 61.0 / 36.8

39.6 / 61.0 / 36.8

39.0 / 58.7 / 39.8

Third Row (Head / Shoulder / Legroom (in)

37.8 / 50.8 / 33.2

37.8 / 57.6 / 33.2

38.4 / 57.8 / 33.2

39.4 / 56.9 /32.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

21.0

24.4

24.1

17.2

The Explorer’s only drawback when compared to the rest of the SUVs in its class is its low shoulder room in the third row. The rest of the cabin space is pretty remarkable for an SUV of its caliber and certainly adds to its worth. The Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia have the largest standard cargo capacity at over 24 cu-ft. The Mazda on the other hand has the smallest trunk and also has the most cramped third row of seats. 

Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Power 10-way driver’s seat including power 4-way lumbar adjust
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Premium leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Voice-activated dual-zone automatic climate control

How intuitive is the 2014 Ford Explorer’s infotainment system?

The 2014 Ford Explorer gets the latest and best of Ford’s MyFord infotainment system and gets a touchscreen infotainment display unit as well. The multimedia features include a 12 speaker Sony audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and WiFi internet access hotspot.

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Sony audio system with 12 speakers
  • MyFord infotainment unit with a touchscreen multi-information infotainment display
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/6 month prepaid subscription
  • HD Radio
  • GPS based turn-by-turn directions
  • AppLink
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

2014 Ford Explorer Exterior

7.0/10

The 2014 Ford Explorer is a handsome SUV with exterior design cues that make it aesthetically more appealing than its counterparts. Its wide grille with halogen projector headlamps that complement its tall boy looks as well as the tall and masculine side profile make it aesthetically appealing as a full-size SUV. The exterior also comes with premium features for the Limited and Sport trim such as 20-inch alloy wheels, blacked-out exterior body elements, and LED tail lamps to name a few.

Models

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Chevrolet Traverse

2014 GMC Acadia

2014 Mazda CX-9

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,534

4,646

4,656

4,323

Length (in)

197.1

203.7

200.8

200.2

Width (in)

78.9

78.5

78.9

76.8

Height (in)

70.4

69.9

70.4

68.0

Ground Clearance (in)

7.6

7.2

7.6

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

112.6

118.9

118.9

113.2

The Explorer has a curb weight of 4,534 lbs, and a wheelbase of 112.6 inches. Having the shortest wheelbase in its class, the Explorer manages to provide you with excellent handling capabilities and stability without compromising the interior space. The Mazda CX-9 offers the highest ground clearance while the Chevy Traverse rides the lowest to the ground, that being said, the difference between all of them is very minute. 

Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps
  • Front Fog Lamps and Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED taillights
  • Heated rearview mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Roof Rack Rails and Lip Spoiler
  • Chrome Door Handles, Bodyside Insert, and Black Bodyside Cladding
  • 20” Alloy wheels on Sport trim level

2014 Ford Explorer Safety

7.0/10

The 2014 Ford Explorer is the safest car in its class when it comes to safety quotient and ratings. As per the NHTSA records, the Explorer has managed to achieve an excellent safety rating of 5 stars and similar ratings from agencies like the IIHS. Apart from its strong chassis integrity and safety quotient, the Explorer also hosts several safety features that include a rear parking sensor, top speed limiter, tire pressure monitoring system, side-impact beams, and a lot more that help makes the Explorer the best option in the class concerning safety.

Some of the standout safety features of the 2014 Ford Explorer are as follows:

  • AdvanceTrac Traction control w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) 
  • Terrain Management System
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Passenger sensing airbags
  • Mykey System
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Back-Up Camera

2014 Ford Explorer Final Verdict

The 2014 Ford Explorer proves to be the best value for money option in its class as it is cheaper than the rest of its counterparts by a small margin and still provides a lot more comfort, fuel economy, and practicality along with excellent safety ratings and interior space. The Ford Explorer strives to be the best option in its class and has won the trust of many customers that explains its high sales figures compared to its rivals.

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