Comparison - Ford Explorer Platinum 2018 - vs - MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 2018

General

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Make: 
Average Price: 
$53,940
Updated: 
17 Feb 2018
$28,600
Updated: 
01 Dec 2016
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Year: 
2018
2018
Total Seating: 
7
4
Transmission: 
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
6-speed Manual
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
no
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Doors: 
5
3
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
18.60gals
12.40gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Blue Jeans Metallic
#486478
Ingot Silver Metallic
#C4C4C8
Oxford White
#E4E4E4
Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
#8E1C26
Shadow Black
#242424
Color: 
Absolute Black Metallic
#0D0D0D
Blazing Red Metallic
#700A1B
Brilliant Copper Metallic
#441B10
Chili Red
#941211
Cosmic Blue Metallic
#2A406A
Crystal Silver Metallic
#818181
Jungle Green Metallic
#2E4131
Light Coffee
#3E372F
Light White
#DBDAD6
Midnight Gray Metallic
#222122
Starlight Blue Metallic
#072359

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

Available with plenty of features and three distinctly different engines, the 2017 Ford Explorer has a lot to offer if you're shopping for a three-row crossover SUV. Its outstanding quietness and quality cabin trimmings elevate this practical do-all crossover to the front of the segment.

A household name among American carbuyers, the Ford Explorer has evolved from its long-ago roots as a body-on-frame SUV into the comprehensively modern three-row crossover it is today. Depending on trim level and options (and how deep your pockets are), it can be downright luxurious. Our preference for the Sport arises from the "drives big" nature of other non-Sport trim levels — though comfortable, the soft suspension and numb steering of non-Sport models make their driving experience oddly ponderous.

Aside from that, though, there is an awful lot to credit to the Explorer. You can configure an Explorer that keeps things relatively basic, or you can go all-in on luxury. Versatility is a strong suit, too. You have your choice of three engines. You can get it with a second-row bench or captain's chairs and option the second and/or third row with power-folding functionality. Lots of cargo space is standard.

Pros
Plenty of high-tech features that are easy to use
Optional turbocharged V6 engine delivers plentiful power
Cabin is quiet and comfortable on the highway
Cargo space is generous behind the third row

Cons
Depending on trim level, feels big and ponderous from behind the wheel
Legroom in the second and third rows is subpar

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers.

The 2017 Ford Explorer gets a sport appearance package on lower trims, which is what Explorer buyers are looking for nowadays.

The Ford Explorer's wide offering of powertrains is an asset, we like every step along the way.

The Explorer has a good mix of comfortable seating, versatility, and space for families.

The Explorer scores well on federal tests, but IIHS tests are a different story.

A Sport Appearance Package is here now for buyers who want their 2017 Ford Explorers to look the part.

The 2017 Ford Explorer returns decent economy for a three-row hauler—mostly.

Pros
A nicely executed do-it-all
Excellent ride and handling for an SUV
Fuel-efficient—on paper
Sync 3 is better ...
Sport appearance package is much appreciated

Cons
but Sync 3 still has issues
Real-world mileage question
Platinum prices are in line with luxury vehicles

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2017 Ford Explorer will feature a new XLT Sport Appearance package, as well as interior enhancements. A hands-free liftgate will be standard on Sport models, while Sync 3 will be offered on the XLT and come standard on the Limited, Sport, and Platinum models.

The 2017 Ford Explorer SUV offers three-row seating, can hold up to seven passengers, and is offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.

The 2017 Ford Explorer comes standard with LED low-beam headlights on every trim.

The Ford Explorer was refreshed for 2016, sporting a new look and upgrades to the engine and feature content. The 2017 Explorer doesn’t change much, but adds a new sport package to the XLT trim, as well as additional safety features.

Pros
New XLT Sport Appearance package
Well-appointed Platinum trim

Cons
Cramped third-row seating
Slow acceleration on lower trim models

By: 
motortrend.com

With the exception of a new Sport Appearance package for the XLT trim, the 2017 Ford Explorer SUV carries over unchanged.

When it comes to horsepower, Ford’s 7-passenger Explorer SUV for 2017 delivers at every level. From the standard 290-horsepower V6 to the fuel-efficient 280-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder available in the base,...

XLT and Limited trims, Ford places choice front and center. Need more “oomph”? Try out the Sport and Platinum trim’s 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. Capable for sure, the Explorer delivers excellent passing and pulling power and its heavily weighted steering and taut suspension give this big SUV impressive cornering ability, although its high beltline and massive front bumper make maneuvers in tight quarters a bit harrowing. Ford has done an excellent job keeping road, engine and wind noise out of the cabin, and all but the rearmost occupants felt the seating was both comfortable and supportive. The Explorer’s adaptive cruise control works well, but we wish it offered fully autonomous braking like the Honda Pilot, not just collision warning.

Pros
If you’re looking for a family SUV with advanced electronics and safety features, plus a wide range of engines and option choices, Ford’s midsize SUV for 2017 is hard to beat. The Explorer’s advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system makes it more off-road capable than a Honda Pilot or Mazda CX-9.

Cons
If you’re looking for something that’s easy to maneuver and park, and you don’t need a 3rd-row seat, a smaller SUV like the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano or Jeep Grand Cherokee makes a better choice. The Jeep also bests the Explorer both off-road and in towing (7,800 pounds vs. 5,000).

By: 
kbb.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City: 
16.00mpg
25.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
22.00mpg
31.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
16
Cylinders: 
6
V
4
inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.50L
1.60L
Torque: 
350ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
177ft-lbs
at 1 600rpm
Horsepower: 
365hp
at 5 500rpm
181hp
at 5 500rpm
Turning Circle: 
39.80Feet
38.10Feet
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
no
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
no
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
no
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
Audio and cruise controls
More in Convenience: 
driver assisted parking assist
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
adaptive cruise control
Adjustable pedals
Keyless Ignition
electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Cooled storage compartment
Automatic temperature control
Speed control
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Garage door transmitter
Front beverage holders
Rear beverage holders
Air conditioning

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
198.30in
162.20in
Width: 
78.90in
70.30in
Height: 
71.00in
59.90in
Ground Clearance: 
7.80in
6.30in
Front Track: 
67.00in
60.00in
Rear Track: 
67.00in
61.00in
Wheel Base: 
112.80in
102.20in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
41.40
39.00
Front Hip Room: 
57.30in
Front Leg Room: 
42.90in
40.40in
Front Shoulder Room: 
61.50in
52.60in
Rear Head Room: 
40.60
37.00
Rear Hip Room: 
56.80in
Rear leg room: 
39.50in
33.70in
Rear Shoulder room: 
61.00in
52.00in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
81.70cu.ft
42.20cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity: 
5000lbs
2000lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
21.00cu.ft
16.50cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
15.60degrees
Angle of Departure: 
20.90degrees
Curb Weight: 
4458.00lbs
3208.00lbs

Instruments

Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
2 one-touch power windows
Heated mirrors
hands-free entry
2 one-touch power windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
8 -way power driver seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable passenger seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
8 -way power passenger seat
Height adjustable driver seat
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Massaging
passenger cooled seat
driver cooled seat
Split-folding rear seatback
Leatherette
Sport front seats
Height adjustable passenger seat
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
Power folding split-bench third row seats
Split-folding rear seatback
reclining rear seats
multi-level heating
Height adjustable passenger seat

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front stabilizer bar
Strut
Rear Suspension: 
Rear stabilizer bar
Multi-Link
Suspension Info: 
Four-wheel independent suspension
Sport Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Leather steering wheel
Turn signal in mirrors
Heated steering wheel
Front and rear air conditioning
Interior air filtration
Cooled storage compartment
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Leather steering wheel

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
no
Video monitor: 
yes
no
More Entertainment: 
USB connection
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
Memory card slot
Surround audio surround audio (discrete)
Sony premium brand speakers
500 Watts Stereo Output
1 subwoofer(s)
12 total speakers
6 Months of provided satellite radio service
Sony premium brand stero system
MP3 decoder
6 Speakers
USB connection
Adjustable speed sensitive volume control
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
no
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Privacy glass
Rear window wiper
Variable intermittent wipers
Roof rack
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Intermittent rear wiper
Roof rack
Rear window wiper
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
20 in
17 x 7.0
Wheels more: 
Underbody mounted spare tire
All season tires
Temporary spare tire
Run flat tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
255.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
50
Diameter: 
R20
Width: 
205.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R17

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front ventilated disc brakes
Ventilated front disc brakes
Rear brakes: 
rear ventilated disc brakes
solid rear disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
no
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
no
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Post-collision safety system
Airbag Deployment Notification*
BLIS Plus Inflatable Rear Seatbelt Package
Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning w/Brake Support
Rear height adjustable headrests
Rear center 3-point belt
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Dual front with head protection chambers side-mounted airbags
Pre-Collision Safety System
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Turn signal mirrors
Fully automatic headlights
Outside temperature display
Electronic stability
Knee airbag
Overhead airbag
Occupant sensing airbag

Options

Packages: 
Equipment Group 600A
John Cooper Works Interior Package
Cold Weather Package
Fully Loaded Package
City Pack
John Cooper Works Exterior Package
Premium Package
Loaded Package
Sport Package
Exterior Options: 
Roof Rack Crossbars
Running Boards
20" Premium Painted Machined Aluminum Wheels
Splash Guards
License Plate Bracket
Rear Bumper Protector
Wheel Lock Kit
White Bonnet Stripes
Stealth Mode (Badge Delete)
Power Folding Mirrors
19" Y-Spoke Silver Alloy Wheels
18" Anthracite 5-Star Double Spoke Wheels
Adaptive Light Control
Chrome Line Exterior
Black Sport Stripes
Sport Stripes White
Red Sport Stripes
Black Headlight Housings
Black Bonnet Stripes
Xenon Headlights
White Turn-Signal Lights
Door Mirror Caps in Chrome
Moonroof
Auto-Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors
Piano Black Exterior
All-Season Tires
18" Turbo Fan Wheels
18" Black 5-Star Double Spoke Jet Black Wheels
18" Twin Spoke Black Burnished Light Alloy Wheels
17" 5-Star Double Spoke Black Light Alloy Wheels
18" Turbo Fan Matte Anthracite Light Alloy Wheels
19" Black Cross Spoke Crusher Wheels
17" 5-Star Triangle Spoke Anthracite Alloy Wheels
Interior Options: 
2nd Row Bucket Seats w/Power-Assist Fold
Cargo Shade
Smokers Kit w/Element
Deep Tray-Style All-Weather Floor Mats
Rear Cargo Well Protector
DVD Headrests
2nd Row Console
Comfort Access System
Universal Garage Door Opener
Inlay Color Polar Beige
Inlay Color Pure Red
Chrome Line Interior
Interior Mirror w/Compass
Flat Load Floor
Satellite Radio w/1 Year Subscription
Harman Kardon Premium Sound
Cargo Net
Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror
Anthracite Headliner
MINI Connected w/Navigation Package
MINI Connected Package
Center Armrest
Heated Seats
Technology Package

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Medium Light Camel, cloth
#9A9789
Color: 
Carbon Black, leatherette
#212121
Gravity Carbon Black, leather
#3E3E3E
Gravity Polar Beige, leather
#C9BEB0
Lounge Carbon Black, leather
#323232
Lounge Championship Red, leather
#070707
Lounge Light Coffee, leather
#463E3A
Parallel Lines Light Tobacco, leather/cloth
#656060
Parallel Lines Pure Red, leather/cloth
#634240