Ford Explorer 0-60 times

Out of all performance specs, nothing but Ford Explorer 0-60 times can better speak about the vehicle's temper. While horsepower and torque blow smoke in the eyes, Explorer zero to sixty specs and average time to run a quarter mile are pretty straightforward metrics allowing to compare against its competitors.

Very often there is no chance of doing Explorer 0-to-60 test personally and making conclusions from the experience of the other drivers is the last thing you want.

Conducting a trustworthy test drive requires following a strict methodology that is intended to eliminate the inconsistent circumstances like weather, tires, surface, engine temperature. It is always better to leave it for professionals.


Increase Horsepower

The cold air part is also important in making more power. Cold air is denser and contains more oxygen molecules than warm air does. So if you can get cooler air into your Ford Explorer engine, your car will be able to mix more fuel with that air, making more power. Combine that with the more air through the larger and less restrictive filter and intake tube and you can see up to a 15-20 horsepower increase. K&N has even reported an estimated increase of 56.96 horsepower out of the 57-2571 intake for 2007-2009 Shelby GT500!


2021 Ford Explorer 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base 4dr 4x2
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 21 City / 28 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0
Base 4dr 4x4
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 20 City / 27 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0
XLT 4dr 4x2
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 21 City / 28 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0
XLT 4dr 4x4
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 20 City / 27 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0
Limited 4dr 4x2
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 21 City / 28 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0
Limited 4dr 4x4
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 20 City / 27 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0
ST 4dr 4x4
400 Hp, 415 Lb-Ft., 4701 Weight, 18 City / 24 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0
Platinum 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 380 Lb-Ft., 4727 Weight, 18 City / 24 Hwy mpg
5.6 sec, 13.9 @ 0

2020 Ford Explorer 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
XLT 4dr 4x2
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 21 City / 28 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16.3 @ 0
XLT 4dr 4x4
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 20 City / 27 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16.3 @ 0
Limited 4dr 4x2
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 21 City / 28 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16.3 @ 0
Limited 4dr 4x4
300 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4345 Weight, 20 City / 27 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16.3 @ 0
ST 4dr 4x4
400 Hp, 415 Lb-Ft., 4701 Weight, 18 City / 24 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16.3 @ 0
Platinum 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 380 Lb-Ft., 4727 Weight, 18 City / 24 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16.3 @ 0

Car And Driver Results

Zero to 60 mph 5.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph 13.3 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph 5.9 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph 3.2 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph 3.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile 13.8 sec @ 101 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph 161 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.86 g
Source: С&D

2019 Ford Explorer 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Sport 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 350 Lb-Ft., 4901 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 99
Platinum 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 350 Lb-Ft., 4901 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 99
Base 4dr 4x4
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16 @ 90
XLT 4dr 4x4
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16 @ 90
Limited 4dr 4x4
280 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 18 City / 25 Hwy mpg
8 sec, 16.1 @ 88
Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 16.3 @ 93
XLT 4dr Front-wheel Drive
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 16.3 @ 93
Limited 4dr Front-wheel Drive
280 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 19 City / 27 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.6 @ 83

2018 Ford Explorer 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Sport 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 350 Lb-Ft., 4901 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 99
Platinum 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 350 Lb-Ft., 4901 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 99
XLT 4dr 4x4
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16 @ 90
Base 4dr 4x4
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 16 City / 22 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16 @ 90
Limited 4dr 4x4
280 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 18 City / 25 Hwy mpg
8 sec, 16.1 @ 88
Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 16.3 @ 93
XLT 4dr Front-wheel Drive
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 16.3 @ 93
Limited 4dr Front-wheel Drive
280 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 19 City / 27 Hwy mpg
8.4 sec, 16.6 @ 83

Car And Driver Results

2017 Ford Explorer 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Sport 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 350 Lb-Ft., 4901 Weight, N/A mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 99
Platinum 4dr 4x4
365 Hp, 350 Lb-Ft., 4901 Weight, N/A mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 99
Base 4dr 4x4
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16 @ 90
XLT 4dr 4x4
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
7.7 sec, 16 @ 90
Limited 4dr 4x4
280 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4629 Weight, N/A mpg
8 sec, 16.1 @ 88
Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 16.3 @ 93
XLT 4dr Front-wheel Drive
290 Hp, 255 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, 17 City / 24 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 16.3 @ 93
Limited 4dr Front-wheel Drive
280 Hp, 310 Lb-Ft., 4443 Weight, N/A mpg
8.4 sec, 16.6 @ 83

Car And Driver Results

Zero to 60 mph 5.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph 15.2 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph 6.1 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph 2.9 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph 4.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile 14.4 sec @ 98 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph 174 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.83 g
Source: С&D


Ford Explorer 0-60 mph acceleration across years

Year of a Model0-60 times1/4 mile times
2021

5.6 sec

13.9 @ 0 mph
2020

7.7 sec

16.3 @ 0 mph
2019

5.7 - 8.4 sec

14.3 @ 99 - 16.6 @ 83 mph
2018

5.7 - 8.4 sec

14.3 @ 99 - 16.6 @ 83 mph
2017

5.7 - 8.4 sec

14.3 @ 99 - 16.6 @ 83 mph
2016

5.7 - 7 sec

14.4 @ 96 - 15.4 @ 92 mph
2015

5.7 - 7 sec

14.4 @ 96 - 15.4 @ 92 mph
2014

5.5 - 7 sec

14.2 @ 97 - 15.5 @ 92 mph
2013

5.5 - 7 sec

14.2 @ 97 - 15.5 @ 92 mph
2012

6.4 - 7.3 sec

15 @ 93 - 15.6 @ 91 mph
2011

6.4 - 7.3 sec

15 @ 93 - 15.6 @ 91 mph
2010

8.4 - 9 sec

16.4 @ 80 - 17.5 @ 79 mph
2009

6.8 - 8.7 sec

15.4 @ 88 - 16.8 @ 79 mph
2008

6.8 - 8.7 sec

15.4 @ 87 - 16.8 @ 79 mph
2007

6.8 - 8.7 sec

15.4 @ 87 - 16.8 @ 79 mph
2006

6.8 - 8.7 sec

15.4 @ 88 - 16.8 @ 79 mph
2005

7.9 - 8.6 sec

15.8 @ 84 - 16.7 @ 80 mph
2004

7.8 - 9.1 sec

15.7 @ 84 - 16.7 @ 80 mph
2003

7.5 - 8.5 sec

16.2 @ 0 - 17.2 @ 0 mph
2002

7.8 - 8.5 sec

16.3 @ 0 - 17.1 @ 0 mph
2001

7.8 - 8.5 sec

16.4 @ 0 - 17.1 @ 0 mph
2000

7.9 - 9.2 sec

16.5 @ 0 - 17.8 @ 0 mph
1999

8 - 9.2 sec

16.6 @ 0 - 17.9 @ 0 mph

Introduction

Ford switched from the traditional body-on-frame construction to a more carlike unibody when it introduced the current generation of explorers back in 2011. 

The Explorer is still competitive while entering the eighth model year of its current generation. Currently, the Explorers third-row seat isn’t tremendously spacious, and it doesn’t have the most significant cargo capacity in its class.

 

0-60 and Engine specs

The base and XLT Explorer trims have a standard fare of a 3.5-liter V-6 providing 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. In most situations, the base engine provides adequate go but can feel winded climbing grades. The optional 2.3-liter turbo-4 with its 280 hp outshined by 310 pound-feet of torque is a better choice. For maximum power and thirst, Explorer Sport and Platinum trims use a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 365 hp and 350 pound-feet. Meaning equipped Explorers average just 18 mpg combined.

All Explorers use a 6-speed automatic transmission regardless of engine. All-wheel drive is optional except with the twin-turbo V-6 where it’s mandatory, whereas, front-wheel drive is standard. 

The Explorer rides smoothly while taking big bumps in stride despite the large 20-in wheels on many models. Explorer Sports’ firmer special suspension settings are not unduly so. On a curvy road no Explorer hides its mass that well, but unlike some crossover competitors, they feature accurate, direct steering and less body lean. There’s only so much suspension tweaking that can cancel out the Explorers 5,000-pound weight which is before passengers are added. 

The Explorer isn’t an adventure mobile even with the multi-mode traction control system on all-wheel-drive models. It tires feature tame, street-oriented treads and it seats low to the ground. 

The Explorer can confidently tow smaller trailers with the turbo engines. The twin-turbo V-6 on Sport and Platinum trims can tow 5,000 pounds while the 2.3-liter is rated to tow 3,000 pounds. 

 

Exterior & Interior 

The Explorer’s shape is clean and largely unadorned on the outside. The current model is modern enough and smart in certain lighter shades with large wheels and doesn’t try to be faux ragged. Now alloy wheels as standard equipment on all versions of the Explorer, as well as tinted windows are included. 

Black grilles make them look like Ford Interceptor police vehicle. Ford charges $55,000 and LED lights, and distinctive wheels help them look worth it.

Unlike other Ford products, the Explorer’s interior avoids the busy look. The optional 8.0-inch touchscreen integrates well with its surroundings, though the 4.2-inch screen on base models doesn’t do it any favors. Earlier explorers’ frustrating capacitive switches have been replaced by much more functional traditional buttons for audio and climate functions.
The synthetic wood trim and dressier stitching in Limited and higher Explorers is more convincing than Base Explorers’ simple cloth upholstery and plain trim. 

 

Verdict

Before its major redesign, the 2018 Ford Explorer gets mild freshening.  Also, a 4G LTE modem and Wi-Fi hotspot, and a new Safe and Smart package combine several active safety and driver assist tech together are available.



Ford Explorer specs