Consumers have been conditioned to expect to shell out boat loads of cash just to grab a nifty package of car features or a few “extra” inclusions. But why must essential conveniences and solid performance come attached to an elevated price tag? Fortunately, they don’t with the exemplary 2015 Ford Explorer base model.
Let’s start inside the cabin, which can be accessed via remote keyless entry. The driver’s seat offers lumbar support, while the 50-50 split-bench third row easily folds down to create more cargo room—up to 43.8 cubic feet. The AM/FM/satellite-prep radio helps with entertainment needs, while the duo of front LCD monitors provides detailed vehicle information at a glance. Also, rear passengers are kept comfortable as a function of the separate air conditioning controls in the back.
Heading to the exterior of the 2015 Ford Explorer, you can’t miss the impressively large 18-inch painted aluminum wheel rims. As you pop the hood, you’re greeted with a beefy 3.5L V6. This engine cranks out 290 HP at 6,500 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM. It doesn’t play around!