2018 Ford Explorer  RealSafeCars81Safety Rating

#25 of 2018 SUVs

#45 of all 2018 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Ford Explorer
The Explorer, part 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. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow 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 2018 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 2018 Ford Explorer has a score of 81, implying a 0.04% chance of driver death (3.6% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2018 Ford Explorer has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0403% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.6062%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0403% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.6062% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Ford Explorer is 16% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2018 Ford Explorer is 4% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9571Chevrolet TraverseDodge Grand CaravanFord FlexChrysler PacificaNissan PathfinderFord ExplorerMazda CX-9Dodge DurangoHonda PilotVolkswagen AtlasToyota SiennaKia SedonaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Ford Explorer with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 71 to 95. The 2018 Ford Explorer is safer than the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan, and the 2018 Ford Flex and less safe than the 2018 Toyota Sienna, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the 2018 Honda Pilot, the 2018 Dodge Durango, and the 2018 Mazda CX-9. It is about as safe as the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Kia Sedona.

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