2017 Ford Explorer  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#25 of 2017 SUVs

#43 of all 2017 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. The Explorer has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. The Ford Explorer has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2017 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 2017 Ford Explorer has a score of 83, implying a 0.038% chance of driver death (3.4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2017 Ford Explorer has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0384% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.3816%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0384% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.3816% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2017 Ford Explorer is 20% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2017 Ford Explorer is 8% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9473Nissan PathfinderDodge Grand CaravanChrysler PacificaFord FlexKia SedonaChevrolet TraverseMazda CX-9Dodge DurangoHonda PilotHonda OdysseyToyota SiennaFord ExplorerComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2017 Ford Explorer with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 94. The 2017 Ford Explorer is safer than the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, and the 2017 Ford Flex and less safe than the 2017 Honda Pilot, the 2017 Dodge Durango, and the 2017 Mazda CX-9. It is about as safe as the 2017 Kia Sedona, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2017 Toyota Sienna, and the 2017 Honda Odyssey.

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