New Car Review | 2019 Ford Explorer
A 2019 Ford Explorer should make the short list of anyone in the market for a new car. Its innovative appearance, user-friendly features, and options that go the extra mile are good incentives to take a close look at this mid-size crossover SUV.
Car dealerships like Boucher in Kenosha, West Bend, Menomonee Falls, Thiensville, or Janesville provide information on new and used cars in addition to automobile repair services. Explorer vehicles offer many options, so it is helpful for car shoppers to speak with experts to determine which package will best suit their lifestyles.
The 2019 Ford Explorer has room to comfortably seat six or seven people. Seats are arranged in three rows in a spacious cabin. A deep cargo provides adequate volume to accommodate sporting gear and rambunctious dogs. Active families who love outdoor life in Wisconsin will appreciate the Explorer’s roominess. Third-row and second-row seats can be folded down to allow for even more cargo capacity.
If seated at the front of the cabin, passengers will notice the open feel of it. Optional sliding captain chair seating in the second row provides more space and leg room and more comfortable experience than the standard bench. Also, it makes it much easier to access the third row. Interior surfaces vary according to which of the three trim models is chosen.
The most distinctive features one sees when looking at the Explorer’s front are the LED headlamps and dynamic grille design with the trademark logo emblem across the front of it. Signature LED lights complement the rear as well. Low-beam headlights are automatic, becoming operational based on light sensors.
Keeping to its stylish good looks incorporated with utility, the Explorer features a quad-tip exhaust. It has four passenger doors with neat trim underneath and a liftgate in the back. Colors range from ruby red to blue to agate black to Oxford white.
• Engine: 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder
• Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
• 290 horsepower
• Basic model provides cloth upholstery interior
• Manual climate control
• USB port
• Gas mileage: 17 mpg city/ 24mpg highway
Optional Features on Base Model
• Choice of two towing packages
• 2.3-liter turbocharged engine (Ecoboost and 4-cylinder)
A customer-oriented car dealership, such as Boucher in Janesville, can help people decide whether a base model Explorer is sufficient for all their needs or whether they require a higher trim.
Higher Trim Models
XLT 4 Door SUV
This trim offers rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. More optional perks are available for the XLT as opposed to the base version, including hands-free liftgate, dual-zone climate control, and Sync 3.
The Limited offers options for additional luxury while keeping the costs significantly lower than a top-of-the-line new vehicle. The interior features leather upholstery, power-folding split-bench seats for the third row, and a heated steering wheel. Air filtration comes standard for the Limited Explorer.
The Limited luxury package includes 20-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, and a leather steering wheel. It also includes Active Motion on the front seats. It is functional enough to take on a fishing trip to Kenosha and still sufficiently attractive to grace Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls.
Standard Features on Limited Exterior
• Power-folding, driver memory mirrors
• Chrome roof rack side rails
• Foot-activated liftgate
• Chrome bodyside accents with Explorer engraving
• Black bumpers and side claddings
Standard Features on Limited Interior
• Front and rear-view cameras with built-in washers
• 110 volt outlet and four 12 volt powerpoints
• Power door locks, power windows
• Remote start capability
Optional Features on Limited
• Automatic high-beam headlamps
As implied, the Sports trim’s focus is mostly on performance. The suspension is sports-tuned and customers can choose among nine different styles of 20-inch wheels. A powerful engine features a twin-turbo V6.
The Sport trim has a unique look with its black mesh grille, high gloss black roof side rails, blackout treatment of the taillamps, and black exterior handles. The side view mirror also has a black gloss finish and features LED signal indicators and approach lamps.
A Sport Explorer has a Terrain Management System perfect for shifting during off-road driving. Mud/ruts is an example of one of the four settings. The Sport also has independent front and rear suspensions, Electronic Power Assist Steering. Hill Start Assist, and Hill Descent Control. Intelligent 4WD can prove invaluable in certain driving conditions in places like Milwaukee.
Several of the devices that come standard with the Platinum or Limited can be added as an option to the Sport. These include a few advanced safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning. Also optional are front view camera, power tilt steering wheel, 110-volt outlet, and ambient lighting.
Finally, the Platinum offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury with premium leather seats and a panoramic sunroof. Accessories are catered for convenience and extend to the highest quality sound system.
The additional care and quality are evident on first sight of the Platinum model. The grille is finished with satin chrome as are the roof rack side rails. Rain-sensing wipers, LED fog lights, and Automatic Halogen Reflector High Beams round out this SUV’s sleek and sophisticated impression. Not only is the Explorer good for looks though. Many of its features are designed to improve safety for drivers in West Bend, Wisconsin, and other places where inclement weather is common.
Standard interior features for the Platinum trim in addition to those found in the Limited are a Twin-panel moonroof and Platinum-branded floor mats. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and provides secondary audio controls. The seats are Nirvana leather with quilted inserts for extra comfort.
Stand-Out Options for the Explorer
The Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the correct gear. Standard equipment is the Class III trailer tow package, which comes with a frame-mounted hitch, oil cooler, and seven-pin connectors. Hauling horses between Janesville and Thiensville seems like nothing with a properly equipped Explorer.
The Explorer’s airbag technology is second to none with passenger knee airbags and Safety Canopy System that deploys airbags for outboard passengers. An SOS post-crash alert system automatically sounds the horn and switches on emergency flashers if airbags deploy. Finally, Explorers come standard with traction control and Roll Stability Control, ideal for icy or rainy conditions in Milwaukee, for instance.
An optional Smart & Safety Package offers forward collision control with brake support and Lane-Keeping System to guard against drift.
A sport utility vehicle is a sensible purchase. It does not even have to be a top-end luxury or performance model to accommodate the busy lifestyles of people contending with snow and rain, trying to transport livestock or heavy equipment, or simply dealing with day-to-day work commutes. In a class that has become extremely competitive, the Explorer holds its own both in appearance and function. Boucher in Kenosha, West Bend, Menomonee Falls, Thiensville, or Janesville can help you find the perfect Ford Explorer to fit your everyday needs. With 5 different locations, Boucher has over 75 2019 Explorers currently in stock! Stop by your local Boucher Ford store or visit Boucher.com to see our full inventory.