2015 Ford Explorer

MSRP $30,700 - $43,100

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2015 Ford Explorer Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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There's no doubt the 2015 Ford Explorer is a superb family SUV with a stunning interior and tons of features. The Ford Explorer has not gone through any drastic changes for the 2015 model year. It gets some changes in the standard features lists with the base trim and has also added a few options. 

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Pros

Two powertrain options to choose from

Excellent acceleration from the V6 engine

Advanced safety features

Cons

Cramped rear seating

Tacky plastic quality in some places

Poor cargo capacity

What's New?

18-inch wheels are standard with the base trim

Revised standard and optional features

New exterior color options


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

122 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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.6 in.

length

197.1 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

70.4 in.

curb weight

4432 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

15.5 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$30,700 onwards

XLT$33,000 onwards

Limited$38,200 onwards

Sport$43,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Ford Explorer in Bronze Alloy Metallic color
Bronze Alloy 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

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Additionally, the Ford Explorer offers two powertrain options and two drivetrain options, which makes it easy for buyers to choose the right one. Furthermore, its crash test rating and safety technology are both outstanding in this class. In the $30,700 price range, it competes with the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Dodge Durango, and the Honda Pilot.


9.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 Ford Explorer Features

9.0/10

Within the FWD trim levels, three trims are available: Base, XLT, and Limited. In addition, there is a Sport trim that is available on the AWD trim level. All trims are offered with either Front Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive options except for the Sport trim, which is available only with All-Wheel Drive. Regarding features, the base model has plenty of them, which is pretty much sufficient considering the price and use case. From the XLT trim up, the interior, infotainment, and comfort features are upgraded quite a bit. 

The Explorer features blind spot information, SYNC voice recognition, in-vehicle connectivity, a 6-way power passenger seat with manual lumbar, 3.5L V6 engine, heated bucket seats, etc. The Sport trim, on the other hand, comes standard with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. The Sport and Limited trim levels also possess a luxurious appearance and superior comfort.

Trim

Base 

XLT

Limited

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$30,700

$33,000

$38,200

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$32,700

$35,000

$40,200

$43,100

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Adds to the Base

Adds to XLT

Adds to Limited

 

Automatic headlights

Upgraded brakes

20-inch wheels

Different 20-inch wheels

 

Rear privacy glass

The keyless entry code pad

Keyless ignition and entry

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Six-way power driver seat

Ford’s Sync Infotainment Interface

Power-adjustable pedal

Front sport seats

 

2 USB ports

4.2" color LCD configurable display

Remote trunk release

Post-Collision Safety System

We Recommend

If you are considering buying the 2015 Ford Explorer, we recommend the XLT trim level. As one of the most cost-effective trims on this model, it offers the best combination of comfort and infotainment features. Moreover, the price of this trim is around $33,000, which is $3k more expensive than the base model, however, the features provided are remarkably good. This trim also offers a lot of optional packages to change its appearance and upgrade its technology and comfort features.

2015 Ford Explorer Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2015 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine and doesn't differ in any respect from previous models. There is, however, an option for an EcoBoost Inline-4 2.0L engine on all trims. The Sport trim, the top-of-the-line trim, on the other hand, has a 3.5L EcoBoost engine as standard. Every trim is equipped with a 6-speed SelectShift Automatic as standard. This SUV's transmission operates smoothly, and the overall handling feels controlled. 

As far as visibility, it can also be described as average with nothing to complain about. Despite its standard FWD drivetrain, all Explorer trims are available with an AWD option for a little more price than the regular MSRP. The Sport trim, on the other hand, only comes with AWD. The Ford Explorer also accelerates well, almost as much as Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is the fastest car in its class.

Models

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

MSRP

$30,700

$29,995

$30.495

$29,870

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6,500 RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

250 hp @ 5,700 RPM

Torque

255 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

253 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.0

6.9

7.2

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.1

15.4

15.9

15.2

Explorer has very good acceleration, and it is very close to Jeep Cherokee which is the fastest SUV in the competition in the 0 to 60 mph run. It outperforms the other two competitors with a slight margin in terms of acceleration. However, the power figure remains identical to the Dodge Durango. 2015 Honda Pilot has the least powerful engine in the competition and it is also the slowest SUV in the competition in outright acceleration.

2015 Ford Explorer Fuel Economy

8.0/10

For the Explorer's fuel economy, it can go pretty far per gallon in this category, which is comparatively the best in its class. On the highways, it can run for 28 miles per gallon while in the city it can reach 20 miles per gallon. The 2015 Ford Explorer offers the highest combined fuel economy of any SUV in the competition, rated at 24 miles per gallon. The only thing that does not go in favor of Explorer is its small gas tank that can only hold 18 gallons of gas. Compared to Explorer, all the rivals have bigger tanks, which give them a greater amount of overall fuel range.

Models

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

MPG (City)

20

19

19

18

MPG (Highway)

28

26

27

25

MPG (Combined)

24

22

23

21

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.6

24.6

24.6

21

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

372/521/446

467/640/541

467/664/566

378/525/441

The Explorer outperforms all of its rivals in terms of fuel economy figures, making it one of the best options for budget-conscious people. However, the smallest tank in the segment takes away from the feeling, and it also offers the least range on the highway. It means you will need more frequent stops on the highways during long journeys.

2015 Ford Explorer Interior

7.0/10

In the interior of the 2015 Ford Explorer, you'll find high-quality materials on the seats, steering wheels, and other areas where you often touch the car. With the driver-friendly design, you can operate the controls without spending a lot of time or attention on them. Although the cabin space is adequate, the rear seats are cramped and certain adults may have difficulty adjusting comfortably.

Additionally, the cabin is very well insulated, so there are no outside sounds. Particularly for the XLT trim, the seating support and adjustments are pretty good. On the other hand, the top trims, which are the Sport and Limited trim, have a very sophisticated interior compared to the base model. Apart from that, some packages can change the accent of the interior as well as add more features, which is a must if you are willing to spare the extra cash. The Explorer's cargo space is 21 cubic feet, which is not the biggest in its class, and its competitors have an edge over Explorer in this department.

Models

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

41.4/61.3/40.6

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

40/61.5/41.4

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.5/61/39.8

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.8/58.3/38.6

39.8/62.2/38.5

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

21.0

36.3

17.2

18

While the Explorer offers impressive front space, the Honda Pilot has better legroom for the driver and front passenger. Though it does have less legroom in the rear, it still outperforms its rivals in this class. With 36.3 cubic feet of standard cargo space, the Jeep Cherokee dominates the cargo section here. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated bucket seats (Limited trim & above)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2015 Ford Explorer’s infotainment unit?

Generally, you won't get many entertainment features with the Explorer as standard. There is an 8.0-inch Multi-Function Display Screen, 6 speakers, a Trip Computer, a Remote trunk release, USB ports, etc. Moreover, it contains Bluetooth, navigation, and Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system.

The XLT trim comes standard with the Equipment Group 201A, which includes Ford Sync with voice functionality, a 4.2-inch color LCD configurable display, and an SD card reader. For more infotainment features along with comfort and convenience, you can choose the Equipment Group 301A, which costs approximately $3,000 but adds a lot more entertaining features. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 6-speaker system
  • 2 USB ports
  • 4.2" color LCD configurable display
  •  8.0-inch multi-function display screen
  • Ford Sync with voice functionality

2015 Ford Explorer Exterior

7.0/10

The looks of the 2015 Ford Explorer are enough to convey that this SUV is primarily meant for city and highway driving for families. The curves on this model are not as sporty as you might expect. Despite this, the looks will be appealing to any prospective family buyer. Three new exterior color options are also available this year. The only bad thing about its exterior is its relatively large size, which makes it a little hard to maneuver around crowded areas. Among the exterior features of this vehicle are 19.0-inch wheels, a power liftgate, privacy glass, and roof rails.

Models

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,432

4,545

4,713

4,299

Length (inches)

197.1

189.8

201.2

191.4

Width (inches)

78.9

76.5

75.8

78.5

Height (inches)

70.4

69.3

70.9

70.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.6

8.6

8.1

8

Wheelbase (inches)

112.6

114.8

119.8

109.2

The 2015 Dodge Durango is the longest SUV in the competition and that shows up in the wheelbase too. The Ford Explorer is the second-longest SUV but it falls behind the Jeep Grand Cherokee which is the shortest car in the competition in terms of the wheelbase. The Explorer also offers the least ground clearance in the competition. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • 18.0-inch alloy wheels
  • Powered liftgate
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Roof rails

2015 Ford Explorer Safety

8.0/10

The Ford Explorer has received the highest possible crash test ratings based on IIHS and NHTSA tests. According to the NHTSA, the cabin is strong and safe, along with it being rated a perfect 5-star. Due to its hi-tech safety features such as a Terrain Management System, Blind Spot Information, hill-start, and descent control, etc. 

The IIHS gave it an overall ‘Good’ rating and a “Top Safety Pick” award. However, the only class where the Explorer performed average is the small-overlap front side, where the IIHS gave it a ‘Marginal’ rating. Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Post-collision safety system
  • Low tire pressure warning system
  • Terrain management system
  • Hill-start control
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Hill descent control
  • Blind-spot information system

2015 Ford Explorer Final Verdict

For families looking for a comfortable SUV with a solid cabin that features premium materials, the Ford Explorer makes a great choice. In the Explorer, the cabin is very spacious, except for the rear seats, which are lacking in legroom. However, Explorer's competitors offer even less legroom, so despite having a tight fit for its legs, this vehicle easily wins over its competitors.

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