The 2017 Ford Explorer is Supremely Versatile

2017 Ford Explorer with Tow

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There are plenty of three-row SUVs out there that have focused so closely on family-friendliness that they’ve effectively sacrificed the utility that previously defined the class. The 2017 Ford Explorer is not one of them; despite its remarkable comfort and comprehensive list of features, it still provides plenty of towing power, capability, and interior flexibility.


Equipped with either the standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 or the available 3.5L EcoBoost, the 2017 Ford Explorer is capable of towing up to a considerable 5,000 pounds, making hauling heavy cargo between Plainfield and Aurora a breeze. Using the available Class III Trailer Tow Package with engine oil cooler, wiring harness, and tow hitch makes hauling heavy trailers easy, and the following features are included:

  • Hill Start Assist: Prevents you rolling backwards on a slope.
  • Rearview Camera: Makes it easier to back up to a trailer.
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control: Detects trailer sway and automatically adjusts engine speed to eliminate it.

Off-Road Capability

When you look at the lion’s share of modern three-row SUVs, you’ll find that they offer all-wheel drive instead of four-wheel drive, a fact that indicates their inability to really head off-road terrain.

The new Explorer goes in a different direction, and in the process lets you head wherever you wish. The available Intelligent 4-Wheel Drive system with Terrain Management System and Hill Descent Control lets you adventure across challenging terrain without batting an eyelid. It’s the kind of SUV utility that plenty of manufacturers have let fall by the wayside.

Interior Versatility

The new Ford Explorer can carry up to seven passengers across its three rows, and it offers the versality to fit its abundant interior space around your ever-changing needs. A 60/40-split fold-flat second seat and available class-exclusive PowerFold third-row seat lets you switch things up in a flash to take advantage of:

  • Up to 21 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space.
  • Up to 42.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row folded.
  • Up to 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded

Does the 2017 Ford Explorer Offer Enough Utility for You?

Whether you want to tow a trailer between Plainfield and Aurora or take the whole family from Naperville into Chicago, the 2017 Ford Explorer will be ready to go. Contact River View Ford to find out more about anything from utility to trim levels to financing plans.