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2015 Ford Explorer – Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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Editors Overall Rating

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This rating is provided by our team of editors based on their extensive professional expertise on Trucks, SUVs, Vans, and Wagons.
We liked
  • One of the Best-Selling Midsize SUVs
  • Quiet, Smooth Ride
  • Wide Selection of Trims and Powertrains
We disliked
  • Premium Trims on Pricey Side
  • EcoBoost I-4 a Little Overwhelmed
  • No Low-Range
PRICING Fair Market Pricing
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Fair Market Price is an estimate of a “fair” price that any given new vehicle can be purchased for. This national estimate, updated monthly, reflects recent market conditions (supply and demand) plus a reasonable dealer markup.
$29,021
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MSRP
$30,700
MPG
17 / 24
City/Hwy
ENGINE
3.5L V6
HORSE POWER
290 hp
@ 6,500 rpm
TORQUE
255 ft lb
of torque @ 4,000 rpm
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The Ford Explorer may no longer sell in the staggering volumes it did in the ’90s and early ’00s, but it’s still one of the best-sellers in the midsize SUV class. Part of the recipe for the Explorer’s success is its broad range of trim and equipment options, from basic to lavish.
The 2015 model offers the choice of three engines: a 3.5L naturally aspirated V-6, and two EcoBoost GDI turbo engines: a 2.0L I-4 and a 3.5L V-6, shared with the Taurus SHO and boxy wagon Flex. Both of the V-6s do an adequate job of motivating the Explorer, but the 2.0L EcoBoost, plenty sprightly in smaller models, is a bit overwhelmed in this application, where it’s tasked with moving more than 2 tons of SUV.
Like other models in this class, the price can climb significantly with the addition of options, and you can expect to pay around $45,000 for a fully equipped Limited or Sport model. The mix will get even richer yet with the addition of the Platinum model for 2016. Thankfully, the EcoBoost I-4 gets a displacement (and power) bump for ’16 to 2.3L and 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

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2015 Ford Explorer Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim) - Change
    MPG (City/Highway)
  1. 1.
    25 / 35
  2. 2.
    23 / 34
  3. 3.
    25 / 31
  4. 24.
    2015 Ford Explorer
    17 / 24
    PRICE (MSRP)
  1. 1.
    $22,995
  2. 2.
    $23,660
  3. 3.
    $24,300
  4. 21.
    2015 Ford Explorer
    $30,700
    HORSE POWER
  1. 1.
    325hp
  2. 2.
    2015 Ford Explorer
    290hp
  3. 3.
    290hp

SPECIFICATIONS

2015 Ford Explorer Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim) - Change
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Fair Market Price$ 29,021
MSRP$ 30,700
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage17 City / 24 Highway
Engine3.5L V6
Horse Power290 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque255 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt (optional)
  • Cruise Control
HANDLING, BRAKES & SUSPENSION
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front (optional)
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
SAFETY
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
SOUND & ENTERTAINMENT
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)

5-YEAR TOTAL COST TO OWN

2015 Ford Explorer Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim) - Change
Depreciation
39.8%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$16,592
39.8%
Insurance
$7,010
16.8%
Fuel Cost
$11,904
28.5%
Financing
$3,101
7.4%
Maintenance
$1,985
4.8%
Repair Costs
$668
1.6%
State Fees
$448
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $41,708
What is This?
The overall ownership costs for the 2015 Ford Explorer Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans is $41,708, over 5 years and 70,000 miles.
Value Rating: Below Average

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