2013 Ford Explorer  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#17 of 2013 SUVs

#24 of all 2013 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Ford Explorer
The Explorer, a mainstay of Ford's lineup since 1991, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 7. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Explorer packs some oomph. The Explorer has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2013 Ford Explorer is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2013 Ford Explorer has a score of 83, implying a 0.038% chance of driver death (3.4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2013 Ford Explorer has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0378% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.314%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0378% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.314% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2013 Ford Explorer is 21% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2013 Ford Explorer is 10% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9864Nissan QuestMazda CX-9Nissan PathfinderC. Town and CountryToyota 4RunnerJeep Grand CherokeeDodge DurangoHonda PilotToyota SiennaGMC AcadiaFord ExplorerChevrolet TraverseComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2013 Ford Explorer with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 98. The 2013 Ford Explorer is safer than the 2013 Nissan Quest, the 2013 Mazda CX-9, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, the 2013 Chrysler Town and Country, and the 2013 Toyota 4Runner and less safe than the 2013 Dodge Durango and the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is about as safe as the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2013 GMC Acadia, the 2013 Toyota Sienna, and the 2013 Honda Pilot.

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