2014 Ford Explorer V6 Limited Review
written by James Hamel
Upon its introduction, the Ford Explorer was one of the true trailblazers of the modern day SUV/crossover genre and at that time this iconic nameplate had far fewer competitors to deal with other than the decidedly truck-like 4Runner and Pathfinder. Oh yes, and that pesky Jeep Cherokee too. Fast forward to 2014 and the midsize 7-passenger SUV segment that the Explorer now competes in is overflowing with options like the Dodge Durango, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Mitsubishi Outlander and the list goes on. So given the intensely competitive heat in this segment, can the current 2014 Ford Explorer still cut it in this market?
Styling wise, the 2014 Ford Explorer is a very, very handsome SUV to behold with no awkward lines to be found on the exterior. Older models of the Explorer were always very useful but were never this stylish. Same can be said of the interior with its ultra-high tech available MyFordTouch system which worked very well during this SUV’s time with us. We also felt the interior materials were perfect for anyone with destructive kid and dog passengers.
Driving and Living with the 2014 Ford Explorer for a Week
We drove a 2014 Ford Explorer with all-wheel drive in Limited trim equipped with the 3.5 liter 290 horsepower V6 engine but there are also two Ecoboost motors available to buyers-a 2.0 liter 240 horsepower 4-cylinder and a turbocharged version of our V6 which pumps out 365 horsepower. So if you want to be naughty or nice in your new Explorer, Ford has plenty of engine options for you when it comes to powertrains. But in our experience the midlevel, naturally aspirated V6 proved to be a solid balance of steady torque and decent frugality on the highway.
If you are in the market for a seven passenger family hauler, by all means you really should test drive the latest Ford Explorer. As for competitors worth checking out-we would also recommend the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014 Honda Pilot or 2014 Dodge Durango if you need something even larger.
Why This Ride?
* You really can’t lose with any of the Ford’s latest engines for the 2014 Ford Explorer. They are all great.
* The MyFordTouch infotainment system is a great value add
* A decently sized third row could accommodate adults for a short trip, kids on long ones
* It looks positively stylish for a big family SUV!
* It handles, rides and steers rather well too