2017 Ford Explorer Platinum Review, Price

This line of Ford SUVs is known for its bulkiness and power. It comes with massive 20-inch wheels with enhanced surface grip and towing capacity almost hits the 5,000 pounds mark. Its popularity can be judged as Ford sold almost 128,952 units of these SUVs in a span of few months. To continue this growing sales trend, the automaker is all set to roll out its 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum.

Speculations suggest that it is bigger and better, not only from its predecessor but also from its competitors. On this line, 3 FAQs have been answered here to justify this fact.

2017 Ford Explorer Platinum - front

2017 Ford Explorer Platinum – Fresh New Look Promised

The 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum stands at a curb weight of nearly 4,950 pounds. Its wheelbase is around 112.8 inches and overall length is maintained at 198.3 inches. Height is around 71 inches and width is set at 78.9 inches. To understand how massive it is, compare it with the dimensions of its US competitor GMC Acadia and Dodge Durango.

Acadia’s length is 193.6 inches while height is around 66 inches. That is almost 5 inches shorter in all respects. Durango, on the other hand, is longer than Platinum but is a bit shorter when it comes to height and width. With all these added dimensions, Ford Explorer Platinum 2017 has a cargo volume of 21 cubic feet and a passenger volume of 150 cubic feet.

Added muscles keep EPA on the lower side. Platinum will give a rating of 16 mpg in city and 22 mpg on the highway. Certainly, the figures are less than that of Acadia.

2017 Ford Explorer Platinum - interior

How much power can 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum develop?

A first look at this 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum will create an impression that it will have a slow pick up owing to its massive size. But it’s a 2017 version and Ford knows what power means to SUVs. Hence, comes the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under Platinum’s hood. With all the turbochargers in place, the engine will rev a power of nearly 365 hp at 5,500 rpm and a torque figure of around 350 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm can be expected.

A 6-speed dual shift, that is, with both manual and automatic modes, the gearbox will be combined with its engine. This will make Ford Explorer Platinum 2017 reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 6 seconds and 100 mph in about 15.8 seconds. Top speed will range from 123 mph.

2017 Ford Explorer Platinum - rear

Is this why 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum costs $55,000?

More power and extra chassis do add to the price figures, but Ford is going to add a few technical equipment in its new 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum. For instance, an electronic temperature control and rear auxiliary climate control will be placed as standard. This will automatically keep cabin temperature under control based on external climate. Apart from these, Platinum will house:

  1. Auto-dimming rear view mirror and ambient lighting features.
  2. Cargo hooks and cargo nets.
  3. Rain sensing wipers.
  4. Heated seats and heated steering.
  5. Daytime running lights.
  6. Twin-panel moon roof.
  7. Telescopic steering wheel with power tilt features.

Infotainment will have a 500-watt SONY audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Also, the 2017 Explorer Platinum will feature a voice-activated navigation system. All these, along with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and forward collision detection will come as standard in the new 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum.

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