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2018 Ford Explorer remains a competitive 3-row SUV

Though hardly the newest in its class, the Explorer is a capable and feature-rich three-row SUV.

CNET Cars staff

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The Ford Explorer is available with seating for six or seven passengers.

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The base 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.

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Explorer Sport models come with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, producing a healthy 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet.

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Ford also offers the Explorer with an I4 engine, a turbo 2.3-liter unit good for 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet.

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The Explorer is available with either front- or all-wheel drive, though AWD is standard on Sport and Platinum models with the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6.

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Regardless of engine, a six-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties.

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The second and third rows of seats fold flat to accommodate as much as 81.7 cubic feet of cargo.

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Second row captain's chairs are available on higher trim levels.

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Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is available and comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Explorer pricing starts at $33,135, including $995 for destination.

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Read our review of 2018 Ford Explorer here.

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