The Ford Explorer is an SUV with a lot of power. If you're a fan of off-roading or need an SUV that can tow a lot for work, the Explorer might be the vehicle for you.

Drivers around Alexandria, Pineville, and Castor Plunge, LA, can start their research with this page put together by our team at Hixson Ford Alexandria.  

Ford Explorer Performance

This powerful SUV will get you and whatever you need to tow where you want to go. Check out these impressive specs:

Standard Engine

2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 (two additional engine types available)



Torque (lb-ft)


Towing Capacity (lbs.)


EPA-estimated MPG

27 city/29 highway

Safety Features of the Ford Explorer 

 The Ford Explorer offers a wealth of safety features, many of which fall under the Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety suite.

Some of these features are:

  • Rear View Camera: Safely reverse with a view of what's behind you. This camera can help you back into a parking spot or let you know what might be on the road as you back out of your driveway.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps: This system can sense when the lighting is low and switch on your high beams so that you can see where you're going. It can even detect oncoming headlights and automatically dim, so they don't blind other drivers. 
  • Lane-Keeping System: Sensors on your vehicle help you stay between the lines. You will receive alerts if you drift out of your lane. If it happens a few times, the system will suggest it is time for a break.
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control: This system will help you keep pace with the vehicle in front of you. When the sensors indicate that traffic is slowing, it will reduce your Explorer's speed. Then, when the traffic clears, you can continue at the preset speed.   

The Trims of the Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has five trims for drivers to choose from. Each of these trims adds something special to the Ford Explorer's standard power, dependability, and convenience. 

Ford Explorer

  • The base Ford Explorer trim is ready for off-roading with its Terrain Management System™. With up to seven different drive modes, this system is ready to handle whatever the trails might throw at you. 

Ford Explorer XLT

  • The XLT is the second trim level for the Ford Explorer. This trim adds to the first with available Intelligent 4WD (4-Wheel Drive) to allow for a better off-roading experience. 

Ford Explorer Limited

  • The Ford Explorer Limited is the trim for those who want an SUV with a lot of power and a hybrid twist. The Limited also has a SYNC® with Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System, so your hands can stay on the wheel when you need help with directions.

Ford Explorer ST

  • The Explorer ST is a more powerful trim option than the previous three. With a 3.0L EcoBoost® engine, this trim is built for those who want more pep in their ride. This trim also offers an available twin-panel moonroof, so you and your passengers can enjoy the open sky when you hit the trails. 

Ford Explorer Platinum 

  • The Platinum trim is the most technologically advanced. Available on the Platinum is the Premium Technology Package that includes a 10.1-inch LCD capacitive portrait touchscreen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability for navigation, music, and more. 

Each Ford Explorer trim has a lot to discover. Whatever you decide, the Explorer's towing and off-roading abilities are up to the task. 

Hixson Has It: Has a New Culture, New Attitude & an Easier Way

Hixson Ford Alexandria wants to help make the research process easy, so you can get behind the wheel of your next SUV as soon as possible.

Drivers interested in off-roading near Alexandria, Pineville, and Castor Plunge, Louisiana, will find these pages useful when shopping for the Ford Explorer. After you're done reading through these Ford Explorer reviews, come by and take a test drive.

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