2019 Ford Explorer  RealSafeCars81Safety Rating

#38 of 2019 SUVs

#75 of all 2019 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 handle mud, snow, and sand. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2019 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 2019 Ford Explorer has a score of 81, implying a 0.04% chance of driver death (3.6% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2019 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 2019 Ford Explorer is 16% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2019 Ford Explorer is 4% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9574Dodge Grand CaravanFord FlexNissan PathfinderFord ExplorerKia SedonaChevrolet TraverseVolkswagen AtlasMazda CX-9Honda PilotSubaru AscentToyota SiennaDodge DurangoComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2019 Ford Explorer with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 74 to 95. The 2019 Ford Explorer is safer than the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and less safe than the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2019 Dodge Durango, the 2019 Toyota Sienna, the 2019 Subaru Ascent, the 2019 Honda Pilot, the 2019 Mazda CX-9, and the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. It is about as safe as the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2019 Kia Sedona.

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