Ford’s Explorer has been one of the finest crossovers on the road for many years now. If you’ve been thinking about adding one to your garage, now is as good a time as any because the line continues to improve through the second half of this decade. Proof of this is the stellar 2017 XLT model, a machine with oodles of performance and in-cabin refinement.
Let’s begin with what’s under the hood. The 2017 Explorer XLT dazzles with a triumphant 3.5L six-cylinder that will have you burning rubber in no time (should you be so inclined). Jokes aside, you’ll revel in the fact that this motor produces 290 HP and 255-lb.-ft. of torque. As a bonus, the six-speed automatic transmission makes the driving experience buttery smooth.
The 2017 Explorer XLT is also exceptionally well-outfitted in other respects. You’ll immediately notice that the seats are covered in premium cloth that’s an upgrade over lower trims; the cushions are also heated to prevent chills on colder winter days and nights. Also, the side mirrors are powered and warmed for your convenience, and parking assist is built in to make parallel maneuvers easy-breezy once you reach your destination.