In 1991, Ford proudly launched the first Ford Explorer. This quality and rugged SUV replaced the legendary Ford Bronco. While Ford anticipated that it was likely to do well, as they took into consideration many of the needs of consumers, it was difficult to predict the wild popularity that it has gained through the years. Consumers were introduced to a quality SUV that was not only rugged but could also accommodate a number of people. It was designed to be tough and to be able to drive in many terrains. Due to the number of people that this vehicle could accommodate and the ability that it possessed to maneuver through just about any environment, it became a highly desired SUV for families looking for comfort, reliability, and durability. As a result, it gained popularity, and by 1994, it was the 9th best-selling vehicle on the market. It has gone through five generations of improvement, which have only further enhanced the quality, power, and technology of this impressive vehicle. Today, the 2019 Ford Explorer is the culmination of these upgrades and serves as an excellent choice for drivers looking for a midsize crossover SUV.
5 Generations You Say?
Leading up to its 2019 model, the Ford Explorer has had a rich history since its debut in 1991. Each upgrade, redesign, and enhancement it has received during this time has lead to the impressive qualities of the all-new 2019 Ford Explorer. So, let’s take a closer look at the five generations of the Ford Explorer, and see what makes this midsize crossover SUV so special.
1991-1994: The First Generation
The launch of the Ford Explorer occurred in 1991 and was so successful that it remains popular today. Ford took into consideration the needs of the consumer and successfully produced this crowd favorite SUV. This vehicle not only satisfied busy families that required a hearty vehicle, but also appealed to anyone that desired something rugged like a truck, but with the comfort of a luxury sedan. It is no surprise that it became the 9th Best Selling vehicle by 1994.
1995-2001: The Second Generation
Ford acknowledged its success with the Ford Explorer and then chose to continue to make improvements to this already stellar vehicle. In 1995, they designed the Explorer so that the front end would be more aerodynamic. This enhancement would serve to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, as well as its exterior design. In addition, they made mechanical changes in addition to giving it a fully independent short and long arm front suspension. To give this SUV more power, Ford added a 4.0 liter SOHC 5 speed automatic V6 engine.
2002-2005: The Third Generation
With the 3rd Generation, Ford gave this vehicle an extensive redesign and the capability to seat up to 7 passengers. This was a great move for Ford, as it was able to accommodate growing families and many found that this development proved to be a very desirable asset if you have ever needed to carpool.
2006-2010: The Fourth Generation
With the introduction of the fourth Generation, Ford continued to improve upon this SUV, making certain that the comfort, safety, and rugged reputation that it acquired continued to evolve. Ford also began to build the Ford Explorer with a stiffer frame and Roll Stability Control. This made certain that the Ford Explorer was not only a rugged, sporty and comfortable vehicle, but one that was safe too. The safety technology of this generation has evolved to become some of the most advanced features available on the market today and can be seen on the 2019 Ford Explorer.
2011-Present: The Fifth Generation
During the fifth generation, the Ford Explorer boasted a 290 HP 3.5 Liter V6 engine that was available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Ford masterfully took all of the most important elements that were important to consumers and created something that was unparalleled in the automotive realm. The technological advances that were made to improve or enhance the comfort and safety of drivers and riders in combination with the mechanical and structural improvements enhanced the caliber of this SUV. This generation closes with the debut of the 2019 Ford Explorer, while Ford looks ahead for the start of the sixth generation of the Ford Explorer which will debut in late 2019.
8 Trims Available with The 2019 Ford Explorer
Many years of Ford’s development, improvements, and customer input have helped to create the quality product that we have today. Ford proudly introduces its 2019 Ford Explorer with these many upgrades in mechanics and technology to satisfy Ford enthusiasts all over the world. Because Ford understands that its customers are all unique and consequently, have unique needs, the Ford Explorer is available in 8 trims for the consumer to choose from. Let’s take a closer look at what is available with a few of those trims:
- Base (FWD)
- XLT (FWD)
- Base (4WD)
- XLT (4WD)
- Limited (FWD)
- Limited (4WD)
- Sport (4WD)
- Platinum (4WD)
But, which trim level should you choose? Well, here are a few of consumers’ favorite trim levels on the 2019 Ford Explorer and their most notable features:
This trim offers a 3.5 L V-6 290 HP engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has 4 wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and side seat mounted airbags, a Safety Canopy System, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-row overhead airbag and a passenger knee airbag, 18-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and Driveline traction control, Advancetrac with roll Stability control and electronic stability. It is loaded with many technological advancements like Bluetooth, a rear camera, and blind spot information system. Truly a pleasing choice for the tech-savvy person or family looking to drive in comfort with all of the conveniences that make this an enjoyable vehicle to drive.
This trim also boasts a 3.5 Liter V6 290 HP engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has 4 wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and side seat mounted airbags, a Safety Canopy System, 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbags, and a passenger knee airbag. It also has voice-activated technology, 18 aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and Driveline traction control, Advancetrac with roll stability control and electronic stability. The technological additions are limitless, with dual temperature control, Bluetooth capabilities, heated seats, a rear parking camera, and many safety alert systems. A fine, safe drive for anyone who desires the ruggedness of a truck, but wants the comfort of a sedan.
The Limited trim on the 2019 Ford Explorer is able to achieve up to 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 miles per gallon in the city. It has 20-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, front multi-contour seats, and an upgraded leather steering wheel. It also has a front view camera with a built-in washer to keep the lens clean and clear. It has a 3.5 L TI-VCT V6 engine, front wheel drive and intelligent 4WD. A 3.L Twin independent variable camshaft timing V6, 6-speed SelectShift automatic and offers up to 290 hp. Many of these technological additions enhance the comfort and safety of anyone driving or riding in this SUV, making it an excellent choice for drivers looking for a powerful and safe vehicle.
Visit Your Local Ford Dealer Today!
While the Ford Explorer has always been a great vehicle for many people looking for a rugged but comfortable and dependable ride, it certainly has developed quite a bit over the years. The added technology and safety features with this SUV make this a highly sought after vehicle for Ford enthusiasts. It is apparent that Ford has taken great care, time, and consideration through the years with the many advancements of this SUV. They have been very successful with developing an SUV that will not only please a busy family that would like to ride in comfort, but also an SUV that satisfies those who want durability, toughness, and a smooth ride. Check in with your local Ford dealer today and find out what the 2019 Ford Explorer has to offer!