2016 Ford Explorer Research & Reviews

Overview & Reviews

Average Score

3.53/5 Average
97 Total Reviews
This Year's Model Updates:

The 2016 Ford Explorer gets revised exterior styling, a new engine option, updated safety features and a new top-end trim level.

  • Abundant high-tech features
  • Upscale cabin
  • Expected improvement in fuel economy from new turbo engine.
  • Less cargo room than many rivals
  • Third row only seats two passengers.
  • Current model feels big behind the wheel

User Reviews:

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  • Road Trip - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    Lots of tech stuff to learn. Good road trip car. Would prefer a larger gas tank. turbo 6 cylinder the way to go for performance and still get acceptable gas milage.

  • Excellent Sport! - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    Great buy! Comfy, stylish, great ride, get one.

  • Do not buy Ford Explorer not worth the money - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    We’ve had older Honda’s over the years with no issues with them besides normal ware and tare when things “should” go wrong and we paid way less for these cars. So once we decide to give Ford a try and we spend a $30K on a car and get a newer car, all within a year of having a new $30,000 Ford Explorer with 20,000 miles on it we’ve a had a ton of problems with it since day 1. It’s pitiful a $30K car is made so cheap and is basically a [non-permissible content removed]. The first two weeks we had it the drive belt snapped in half while we were driving to Dayton. Within the next month both motors on windows broke and needed both motors replaced. Then we take it in to get brakes checked and they tell us all 4 rotors were rusted and had pits in them at like 28,000 miles, wow rust and pits in rotors already when the car is pretty much brand new. We’ve had the car looked at again prior to 36K warranty expiration for belts because it sounds so bad and loud and they supposedly say everything is ok but you watch one of these belts are going to break again. The leather seats in front are so horrible looking and look worn and wrinkled already and the heated seats barely work but it’s past the warranty and they wouldn’t do anything about it when we took it to Ford so we left as is. Then 2-3 weeks ago my passenger side door would not shut and a piece of the chrome handle fell off around the lock and we finally got the door to shut, went to open door the next day and the handle completely came off and lock fell off. I am surprised the whole door has not fell off the cheap ass thing. Really??? a 2 year old car where the handle completely falls off???? And now we are getting a $380 bill to replace all this shit in the door when Ford did not obviously put it together correctly in the first place. And it’s funny almost every ford has recall on their doors except of course the Explorer. This is so freakin ridiculous. Anyone know what we can do about the door issue with all the other recalls going on with all of their other cars??? Should we call Ford Corporate??? Once we fix the door, looks like we will be trading it in for a Honda Pilot and WILL NEVER BUY FORD AGAIN.

  • The Thrill of Driving an Explorer Sport - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    Wow, I love this car and I love working with my Ford dealership, Jim Burke Ford and Nicole Martinez, who helped me decide on the Sport over the rest of the Explorer lineup. This vehicle has passion for the road, even when there is no road because of the full time AWD and the off road settings, and it is better appointed than my previous Mercedes S class, and the cost of ownership is much lower. The Mercedes tuneup runs in the mid $450 range, the Explorer is $39.95 for its services and it is a lot more fun to drive. I tried out the Land Rover and the Lexus, but none of them have the styling and features this vehicle has, and the others are much more to maintain, and frankly, they are ugly in comparison to the new lines of my 2016.

  • Won't buy another - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    This was my first Ford Explorer, 2016 Platinum. I have driven Jeeps and a Tahoe in the past. I am disappointed with this vehicle in that within the first year of purchase under 15,000 miles the transmission went out with a snap ring failure inside the clutch and additional sensor issues. Transmission went out and left me unable to accelerate while driving down a busy highway with kids in the car. It was in the shop over 2 weeks for them taking my car apart trying to figure out how to fix it and get the parts. In addition the headliner was cut too short from the factory and continues to fall down on the passenger side door. We paid the premium price Platinum addition and do not expect to have a headliner that is falling down. It's been to the dealership twice to fix this issue and it is still not resolved. Finally, my tire tread is already worn out and tires need replaced. Really? brand new car, less than a year old, less than 15,000 miles and I need new tires? I drive in town on regular roads. I am assuming the tires from the dealership are crap and Ford's taken the cheap tire approach. I will not purchase a Ford Explorer again and will be trading this vehicle in the near future.

  • Great family SUV....Horrible My Ford Touch system! - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    We love everything about our Explorer Sport with the exception of the My Ford Touch Sync System. We originally gone one in Jan of 2016. Two weeks into having it, the the My Ford Touch system stopped working. We couldn't get the audio feature to turn on, including with pushing the power on/off button on the system. We calling the service dept, they had no idea what I was talking about and basically thought I was stupid because I didn't know how to turn the radio on. We needed to do three master resets of the My Ford Touch Sync System before it started working again. NOTE: when it's not working, voice recognition also doesn't work. Two weeks later it happened again. The audio feature generally turns on automatically. If you had the system turned off, you would just hit the power on/off button and the radio, bluetooth, etc would start playing. When it's acting up, nothing works and no buttons help except for doing the master reset multiple times. We brought it back to the dealership where we purchased it and they said they've never seen this happen. Ultimately they gave us a new Explorer replacement. We've just hit approx 850 miles and now this new Explorer is also experiencing the same exact My Ford Touch Sync System issues....sooooo frustrating. The next time it happens, I'm going to bring it back to the dealership while it's malfunctioning so that they can see the problem and hopefully find a resolution as I don't want to swap this one out again. VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH MY FORD TOUCH!!!

  • Exploring with the new Explorer - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    Nice ride for a truck. Feels very comfortable and safe. Handles well. Took it to the snow and had no problems with the traction. Not happy with the location of the drink holder in the back seat. Easy to step on. Great navigation and wifi hook up. Good storage space and easy to navigate the seats. Good mileage for the size and weight, not happy with the size of the gas tank. The tank is too small.

  • Transmission gave out - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    My husband bought us a 2016 Ford Explorer Sports edition....less than a year later, while driving it to work one morning, the car just stopped accelerating, after restarting the car, I drove fwd, then put the car in reverse, NOTHING. Had a tow truck take it straight to the dealership. A few hours later, got a call from the dealer stating the transmission had given out. Never getting a ford again! So disappointing.

  • Front Driver seat very Uncomfortable - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    First Be ready to re-place the Throttle body Air intake Bet - 9,000- 13,000 mile mine went out in the middle of traffic at 10,000 mile I've read that several other owners parts went out also on the 2016 Explorer. I've had 6 other explorers over the years and my wife has had 3 and the driver seat on the 2016 is the most uncomfortable that we have every had, beside that we love the explorer .

  • almost had it!! - 2016 Ford Explorer
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    just turned 1000 miles on 16 platinum btw I am a died in the wool ford customer !! this is my wifes new car wanted luxury and this is close acceleration,ride and handling are great seating comfort not so good leather is hard and seats are too short testing beforehand would have prevented this problem should have had more wood trim and platinum badging on the interior no storeage on the dash for any carryalong stuff. side pockets useless middle console inadequate leather on front bucket seat already wrinkling up overall a fun car to drive but shouldnt be bought as a luxury car but as a nice ford sport utility

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