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2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer

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$24,125 — $42,669 USED
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SUV
6-7 Seats
18-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Sport model's performance
  • Interior quality (Platinum trim)
  • Front-seat ergonomics
  • Handling and road manners

The Bad

  • Access to cramped third row
  • Sticker price climbs easily
  • Driver's footwell is too narrow
  • Modest cargo space behind third row
2019 Ford Explorer exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Ford Explorer
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • V-6 engine standard
  • Turbo four-cylinder and turbo V-6 available
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity available
  • Hands-free power liftgate available

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2019 Ford Explorer Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Ford Explorer?

The Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven people. A 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard; a 280-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 are available. Front- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and all trims come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander. The Explorer has been redesigned for the 2020 model year.

What’s New on the 2019 Ford Explorer?

The XLT trim adds blind spot warning and a power liftgate. New packages for the XLT and Limited trims include 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps and leather upholstery, among other features.

What Features in the 2019 Ford Explorer Are Most Important?

The optional Safe and Smart Package includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights. An available Wi-Fi hot spot can support up to 10 devices to keep families entertained on road trips. The Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system remains one of the best in the business and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. An available power liftgate can be opened by waving a foot under the rear bumper.

Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Explorer?

The Explorer offers a lot of technology and is available in a variety of trims from basic to luxurious. This SUV handles and rides well, and the Sport model offers brisk performance. Drawbacks include a cramped third row with not much cargo space behind it. The Explorer is a solid overall choice, if not the latest and greatest in its class. But if you’re interested in the 2019 version, you may want to wait and see what the redesigned 2020 model has to offer; it’s slated to hit dealerships in summer 2019.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
102 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love my Explorers x3

by KimZ from New Columbia on May 11, 2021

This is my 3rd Explorer. Very reliable, handles great, in all weather, roomy, even when packed for vacation or taking our german shepherds for a ride. Read full review

(5.0)

I love my new Ford Explorer

by Sue71 from Fairmont MN on April 27, 2021

i have purchased cars from Fairmont Ford and Gregg Smitherman. I am pleased with the service and knowledge. I like the fact that when we go into the dealership they know who we are and are always ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Ford Explorer currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Ford Explorer has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles Blue Certified: Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 120,000 miles Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Gold Certified: 12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.

  • Powertrain

    Gold Certified: 7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Gold Certified 172-point inspection Blue Certified 139-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Gold Certified: Yes (24/7 for 7 years) Blue Certified: Yes (24/7 for 90 days)

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Explorer received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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