2016 Ford Explorer Photo Gallery

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Meet the 2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

New 2016 Ford Explorer gets a bolder, blockier, and more mature look. This is what a Ford SUV ought to look like: Stable, planted and solid. "I'll protect your family!"

Explorer is in a very competitive segment, which includes General Motors' "Lambda" SUVs—the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Encore, and GMC Acadia,  the Dodge Durango, the Nissan Pathfinder and Honda's all-new 2016 Pilot.

 

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Rear 3/4

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Out back, the Explorer gets new LED taillights and new tailgate sheetmetal. Kick-to-open electric tailgate (you wave your foot under the bumper rather than actually kicking the Explorer) is an option on higher-trim Explorers.

 

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Dash

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Dashboard is largely unchanged from the outgoing model; MyFord Touch infotainment system still has a high learning curve.

 

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Center Stack

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Ford has ditched the capacitive-touch panel in favor of good old-fashioned buttons. There are a lot of them, but the control layout is pretty easy to learn. This Explorer has navigation with the MyFord Touch system (note the four-zone touch screen). Learning curve is rather high.

 

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Front Cabin

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Interior styling is conservative and functional, and material quality is excellent. 

 

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Front Row

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Base and XLT models get cloth upholstery; leather-trimmed seats, shown here, are optional on the XLT and standard in higher-spec Explorers.

 

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Second Row

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Explorer's second row seating is excellent. This Explorer XLT has a three-place bench, but two-row buckets with a big center console can be had as an extra-cost option. Inflatable seat belts, which have integral airbags that provide improved crash protection for smaller occupants, are optional.

 

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Second Row Power

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Explorer offers optional 110 volt outlets and USB ports in the third row. The USBs are what Ford calls "Smart Charging" USBs; they provide higher amperage to charge large devices like full-size tablets.

 

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Third Row

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Explorer sets the standard for third-row comfort, with adequate leg and headroom and a supportive seat that's mounted high off the floor—no knees-in-your-nose sensation here.

 

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Third Row Access

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Second row seats fold and tumble for easy access to the Explorer's third row.

 

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Luggage Space

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Even with all three seats in place, Explorer still gives you over 21 cubic feet of storage space. Deep luggage well is great for groceries or suitcases standing on edge.

 

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Fold-down Third Row

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

Third row seats fold down into a well in the floor, minivan-style, providing a flat loading surface. With both halves of the third-row seat folded, cargo space is an impressive 43.9 cubic feet.

 

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Second Row Folded

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

With the second row seats folded, Explorer offers 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

 

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Seat Controls

2016 Ford Explorer. Photo (c) Aaron Gold

On higher-trim Explorers, the third-row seats can be folded or deployed electrically, using these buttons inside the cargo bay. Lower-spec Explorers have latches and pull-straps with easy-to-understand instructions printed right on the seats. Effort is light, and I had no problems flipping and folding the seats to my heart's content.

 

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