The Skinny on the 2014 Ford Explorer

The 2014 edition of the Ford’s popular Explorer SUV is a large crossover model available in base, XLT, Limited and Sport trims. Instead of underpinnings based on a truck design, the Explorer has a unibody design which is similar to that of a car’s. Given its seven-passenger capacity, comfortable interior and improved fuel economy when compared to its predecessors, the Explorer is a good choice for those looking for a feature-laden SUV at a reasonable price point.

Trim Options

Standard 2014 Explorer features include 17-inch steel wheels, a V6 engine, integrated blind-spot mirrors, automatic headlamps, roof rails, rear privacy glass, cruise control, air-conditioning, a third-row seat, a trip computer, a sound system with a CD player and six speakers. Buyers will also receive an auxiliary audio jack and full power accessories on the base model.

If you move up to the XLT trim, you’ll get Ford’s Equipment Group 201A package, which adds automatic climate control, a sound system with nine speakers, and a rear-view camera along with the Driver Connect features, including electronic controls and heated front seats. Models with this trim have upgraded and added features when compared to the base, such as 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and a keyless entry code pad.

The Limited trim has the bundled features of the base and XLT with more upgrades, including 20-inch wheels, a remote engine start, pedals with memory that are power adjustable, and a 110-volt outlet. You can add Ford’s 302A package to this trim to get automatic high beams, xenon headlamps, a blind-spot warning system and other safety and driving assist features.

A Sport trim model has many features in common with the Limited with some exceptions, such as no 110-volt outlet. It has front sport seats and a different type of 20-inch tires than what comes with the Limited models. Its 401A package adds driving features such as the navigation system and cross-traffic alerts, along with luxury interior upgrades such as driver seat memory.

Under the Hood

With the exception of the Sport model, the 2014 Ford Explorer comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. You can choose optional four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, and there is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine available for those willing to pay a little extra. Note that the Sport model only comes in four-wheel drive and has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is turbocharged.

Take the time to review all the different features available at the four trim levels to ensure you’re getting what you want in your new SUV.