2014 Ford Explorer Research & Reviews

Overview & Reviews

Average Score

4.12/5 Average
16 Total Reviews
This Year's Model Updates:

The 2014 Ford Explorer now has standard automatic headlights on all trim levels. Second-row heated seats are now standard on the Limited trim level.

Pros:
  • Abundant high-tech features
  • Fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Top crash test scores
  • Comfortable ride
  • Upscale cabin
  • Strong turbocharged V6.
Cons:
  • Feels bigger than it is behind the wheel.
  • Less rear seat and cargo room than many rivals

User Reviews:

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  • FORD EXPLORER IS THE BEST SUV FOR THE $$$ - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    All these whiners on the reviews probably don't own one. I pulled the trigger and bought me one. I will agree to those that say that the modern control layout may be confusing at first, but after regular use its a breeze. (If you can't figure how to use touchscreen devices, well, stick to low tech layouts) Steering controls are easy and simple to use unless you have sausages for fingers. And for heaven's sake its a mid size vehicle...If you know your passangers are behemoths, get a van or large vehicle. 3rd row seats are tight for adults but my 5 feet tall kids fit perfectly. MPG are not too bad considering the size of the vehicle. 20/26 avg give or take city/hwy.

  • Ford - First On Race Day - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    Ok, I am in love with this 2014 Ford Explorer Sport. It rides quiet...almost too quiet...you can easily speed and not realize it... The twin turbo and great handling make this beast come alive..and 0-60 in 6 or so seconds is quite invigorating. Interior and ride comfort rival the Lexus LX 570, the explorer has a better third row than the Lexus LX 570 & Toyota Sequoia. Handling is great in the corners and smooth down the road. Body roll is almost non-existent especially compared to the Toyota Sequoia. Lets not overlook the sunroof and moonroof, rear climate controls and AIR CONDITIONED front seats! I do feel like the sound system needs a bit more power and the voice commands on SYNC are not as easy to use as I would have expected. Love that it seats 6-7 easily.

  • Blind spots - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    Make sure you take your time test driving this vehicle. Many blind spots, between looking in your side view mirrors and trying a to see cars coming over your shoulders, it's very dangerous. Also the design of the front end makes it hard to tell when to stop when parking. All said and done, I would not make this same purchase. Again. So much for wanting to buy American!

  • Have owned a 2004 and now the 2014 Limited - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    Really wanted a SUV with at least a reasonable third row seat. With about 12,000 miles on it I'm pretty happy. I do miss my old V8 as I just don't feel the acceleration of the eco-boost is as strong. I did buy all but one of the available additional feature packages. Really like that the second row has heated seats. Ironically I think a better salesman could've talked me in to the final upgrade as it would be nice to have the navigation (vs ford sync which uses your phone) and high-def headlights. My only real criticism is the blind spots, even the hood height makes it a little hard to park. I do like the Blind-Spot systems (mirror blinks).

  • Great Vehicle for Price - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    Had my 2013 Explorer Base - AWD - for a little over a year. The car has performed perfectly for me. Plenty of pick up & power between 3-4RPM but your MPG will hurt. I can average 19-20MPG Compbined City & HWY. The interior blows away the Chevy competition, can't speak towards dodge and other direct competitors. So far the only issue i've had has been with the gas tank. Car infront of me lost its muffler and i couldn't avoid. it struck my gas tank causing the sending unit to fail. a $25 part cost me almost $500 because of the time to take down the sattle style gas tank.

  • Good car worst service by almost all Ford Dealers - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    I bought my Ford Explorer 2013 with about 10,000 miles on it from a car dealer in MA. Besides the manufacturer warranty, that car was a Ford Certified vehicle, which an additional 12,000 miles and 12 months warranty. All was worth less from the first problem with the car. The car started leaking water through the seat belts of the back seat, and here was the moment of truth. Dealers were reluctant to accept the car for service, and when I tried to lure them by including oil change and break service, they gave me two appointments, now for oil change and break job but weeks for the water leak. This experience involved about four dealers one of them is about an hour and a half from my home.

  • Good overall but not great - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    We like our Limited Explorer quite a bit. Good daily driver and good on trips. I would prefer the larger Expedition but the Explorer is all we need. Engine has to struggle to perform but it suffices. I imagine the larger ecoboost performs better but it only comes in Sport model. We paid just over $43k for MSRP of $50k - so good value for what it is. It rides well and has lots of features - but there are downsides as well.

  • Awesome - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    I recently traded a 2007 exployer sport trac for 2014 exployer. The is a major differents in the ride quialty from the 07 to the 14 . Gas milage has been very impressive on the highway my best so far has been 26.5 at a 77mph. cruise with 3 people & the air on. City has been pretty good at about 21. It rides very smooth & there is no problem when you need power to pass. I am very happy so far with my exployer.

  • What is up with Consumer Reports? - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    Recently read the CR annual auto review and they gave the Explorer extremely low marks for gas mileage and the transmission. Having just put over 800 miles on a 2014 XLT/AWD, I'm wondering what exactly are they doing at CR these days to test cars. We were in Denver, Boulder and Estes Park with a 75/25 combination of in town, mtn roads and steep inclines/highway and over three tank refills, I measured 22.4, 20.1 and 21.4 mpg for an average of over 21. (The trip computer measured 20.8 over the 800+ miles.) CR reports 18 mpg over their test cycle of combined driving. That is over 3 mpg difference and I can assure you, their test drive is nothing like the roads we were on.

  • 2014 Explorer leather seats - 2014 Ford Explorer
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    My 2014 has a light tan leather seats. The color from blue jeans absorbs into the seats. I do not have any jeans that haven't been washed several times. I can clean them and a week later the color of jeans are back on them. Ford will not do anything about it. Do not get light colored seats.

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