Standard equipment on the 2014 Ford Explorer base includes a V6 engine, 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlamps, rear privacy glass, integrated blind-spot mirrors, roof rails, cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a 50/50-split third-row seat, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. A great mix of features at about $30,000 after destination and delivery charges.
Stepping up to the Ford Explorer XLT adds larger alloy wheels, recessed foglamps, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a keyless entry code pad, Bluetooth, Sync, a six-way front passenger seat, satellite radio and a USB port.
There are several option packages available with the XLT trim model. Ford offers the Equipment Group 201A package that includes a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker sound system and the Driver Connect package, provides an auto-dimming rearview mirror, MyFord Touch electronics controls and upgraded Sync functionality. The 202A package includes all of the 201A equipment, and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way power driver seat with power-adjustable lumbar.
The 2014 Ford Explorer Limited provides all of the above items and the additional features include 20-inch wheels, heated outboard second-row seats, remote engine start, power-adjustable pedals with memory, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. Optional for the Limited is the 301A package, which includes a power liftgate, a power-folding operation for the third-row seat, an eight-way power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a navigation system. To this, the 302A package adds xenon headlamps, automatic high beams, an automatic parallel-parking system, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, lane-departure and lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot warning system and inflatable seatbelts for second-row outboard passengers.
The 2014 Ford Explorer Sport is equipped similarly to the Explorer Limited, sans the leather interior (leather may not hold up for those who are involved in a more "active" lifestyle, 110-volt outlet and power-adjustable pedals. It also comes with different 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, front sport seats (with extra lateral bolstering) and unique interior and exterior trim details. The Sport's 401A package adds the power liftgate, navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, inflatable seatbelts, power-adjustable steering wheel and pedals, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, driver seat memory, power front passenger seat and 110-volt outlet. The navigation system and adaptive cruise control can also be purchased as stand-alone options.
All 2014 Ford Explorers, except for the Ford Explorer Sport, are equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 hp and 255 pound-feet of torque along with a six-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, you have your choice of front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models have Ford's Terrain Management System, a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction electronically for different conditions. Hill descent control and hill start assist are also included as a standard feature.