2019 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Ford Explorer

After holding rank as the best-selling model of its class for nearly three decades, the Ford Explorer keeps the momentum going with a long list of updates for 2019. Check out how Ford has made this fan-favorite even more lovable when we take a look at how the 2019 Ford Explorer compares to the outgoing 2018 model.

Moving the 2019 model year, we've seen some new appearance packages enter the mix. The XLT Desert Copper Package suits the Explorer XLT with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, Ebony Black door trim panels, first- and second-row Ebony Black leather-trimmed seats and third-row Ebony Black vinyl seats with unique stitching.

Also new, the Limited Luxury Package adds to the already-upscale model 20-inch premium painted aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, leather door inserts, multicontour front seats with Active Motion, Nirvana leather seats with micro-perforation and a leather steering wheel.

2019 Ford Explorer


2018 Ford Explorer

$32,365  Starting MSRP $32,140 
5,000 lbs.  Max. Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs. 
Base, XLT, Limited, Sport, Platinum  Power/Heated Side Mirrors XLT, Limited, Sport, Platinum 
XLT, Limited, Sport, Platinum  Blind Spot Information System Platinum

What’s New for the 2019 Ford Explorer?

Across the entire 2019 Explorer lineup, a body-color bumper replaces the 2018 version, which featured a body-color top with black bottom. Several features in the 2018 lineup have trickled down to lower-level trims for 2019.

Power and heated sideview mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors are now found standard on base and XLT models. The XLT also gains a standard power liftgate. Previously offered as part of the Ford Safe and Smart Package, the Blind Spot Information System has been plucked out of the bundle and made standard on XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum models.

The SYNC® Connect system has been renamed FordPass™ Connect and has been made standard on Ford Explorer Limited, Sport and Platinum models. FordPass Connect is also available on the XLT as part of the Driver Connect Package. At the top end of the lineup, paddle shifters have been made standard on the Explorer Sport and Platinum.

New for 2019, the Ford Safe and Smart Package offers a suite of advanced driver assistance features, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, forward collision warning with brake support and a Lane-Keeping System. This package is offered standard for the Platinum and available on XLT, Limited and Sport models.