2014 Ford Explorer was awarded with five stars by NHTSA or in other words gets the top marks in the federal government's new car safety rating program. In fact, model's both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive have achieved the five-star score under the New Car Assessment Program.

This top safety rating was given to the vehicles due to its advanced safety equipment, which includes second-row inflatable safety belts that improved comfort and protection for passengers. This advanced restraint system was created with the aim to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for second-row passengers.

In addition, what also helped for the achievement were the features such as AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Safety Canopy side air curtain technology for all three rows, and dual-stage airbags for driver and front passenger. 2014 Ford Explorer comes as a standard with a tire pressure monitoring system and SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

The new explorer is offered with three engine variants featuring the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost and 3.5L V6 EcoBoost units. The powertrains are matched with 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic transmission. Only the 2.0L I-4 Ecoboost gets a 6-Speed Automatic gearshift. Front Wheel Drive system comes as a standard here, while Ford is also offering the optional Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management, which requires the V6 engine.

2014 Ford Explorer Specifications:

Fuel Economy and Engine Highlights
Engine Type 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost® 3.5L V6 EcoBoost®
EPA-Estimated Ratings (Actual mileage will vary) 17 city / 24 hwy / 20 combined (FWD) 17 city / 23 hwy / 19 combined (4WD) 20 city / 28 hwy / 23 combined 16 city/ 22 hwy /18 combined
Vehicle Highlights
Max Seating Capacity 7
Drive Type Front Wheel Drive (standard) Optional Intelligent 4WD System with Terrain Management System (requires V6)
Transmission 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic® 6-Speed Automatic (2.0L Ecoboost®)
Wheelbase 112.6"
Maximum Towing Capacity 5000 lbs.
Wheels available 17" steel with wheel covers 18" painted aluminum 20" painted aluminum 20" polished aluminum 20" machined aluminum with painted pockets
Engine Specifications
3.5L V6 2.0L EcoBoost I4 3.5L EcoBoost V6
Drive type Front-Wheel Drive (std.) / Intelligent 4WD (opt.) Front-Wheel Drive Intelligent 4WD
Engine type 3.5L Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing (TiVCT) V6 2.0L Turbocharged, Direct Injection Ti-VCT Ecoboost I4 3.5L Twin Turbocharged, Direct Injection Ecoboost V6
Transmission 6-speed SelectShift Automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed SelectShift Automatic
Final drive ratio 3.39 (FWD) / 3.65 (4WD) 3.36 3.16
Horsepower (net @ rpm) 290 @ 6500 240 @ 5500 365 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm) 255 @ 4000 270 @ 3000 350 @ 3500
Compression ratio 10.8: 1 9.3: 1 10.0: 1
Valve lifters Direct acting mechanical bucket Direct acting mechanical bucket Direct acting mechanical bucket
Induction System Naturally aspirated Turbocharged Twin Turbocharged
Fuel delivery Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
Exhaust Quasi dual exhaust with chrome tips Quasi dual exhaust with chrome tips Quasi dual exhaust with chrome tips
Engine block type Cast aluminum Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Cylinder head material Cast aluminum Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
EPA-Estimated Ratings FWD (Actual mileage will vary) 17 city / 24 hwy / 20 combined 20 city/28 hwy/23 combined -
EPA-Estimated Ratings Four Wheel Drive (Actual mileage will vary) 17 city / 23 hwy / 19 combined - 16 city/22 hwy/18 combined
Chassis Specifications
Front suspension MacPherson strut front suspension with 32mm front stabilizer bar
Front shocks Gas-pressurized twin tube
Rear suspension Multi-link independent rear suspension with 22mm rear stabilizer bar
Rear shocks Gas-pressurized twin tube
Brakes Power 4-wheel disc with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Base Curb Weight 4534 lbs
Steering Electronic Power-As
Towing Specifications
Optional Class III Trailer Tow Package - - -
Configuration Axle Ratio GCWR Max Loaded Trailer Weight
3.5L TiVCT V6 FWD 3.39 9980 5000
3.5L TiVCT V6 4WD 3.65 10160 5000
2.0L TiVCT I4 FWD 3.36 6830 2000
3.5L EcoBoost V6 4WD 3.16 10400 5000

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Source: Ford