Why the Ford Explorer Is the Perfect Family-Friendly SUV

The Ford Explorer has been a beloved three-row SUV since it first hit markets in 1991. In fact, some vehicle enthusiasts believe that the Explorer was one of the vehicles that popularized SUVs in the 90s. Depending on your age, you may remember growing up and seeing Explorers start appearing at the school drop-off or in neighbor’s driveways. Though the Explorer has undergone many redesigns and benefited from many upgrades over the generations, it’s always offered a family-friend interior, rugged capabilities, and a competitive price tag. If you’re looking for a Ford Explorer for sale, we hope you visit our Ford dealership, Faith’s Ford, and check out this terrific three-row SUV.

The sales team over at Faith’s Ford is happy to walk you through the great features of the Explorer. They know the ins and outs of every model year and trim and are ready to work within your budget to get you behind the wheel of an Explorer. While many know the Explorer as a terrific adventure vehicle thanks to its power and towing capacity, inside it, you’ll find an amazing array of family-friendly features. Here are some reasons the 2023 Ford Explorer is a great family-friendly vehicle.

Plenty of Configurable Seating

The Ford Explorer boasts seating for seven, making it ideal for large families or even small ones who let their kids bring buddies along on road trips and soccer practice. Throughout those seven seats, there is a lot to love. First, let’s start with features for the parents. The driver and front seat passenger seats are contoured and offer the available Active Motion feature, providing upper and lower back massage settings. They are designed to fight body fatigue on long trips so you still have the physical energy to chase your kids around when you arrive at your destination.

Moving to the rear seats, the available PowerFold third-row seats let you rapidly fold that back row down flat with the push of a button. This makes it easy to create extra cargo room when needed (like for that cooler full of snacks that keeps kids content on long drives). Speaking of which, lowering the rear seats offers you an impressive 87.8 cu.ft. of available cargo space. Adults and young passengers should be comfortable for extended drives thanks to the well-designed seats throughout the rows of the Ford Explorer.

Creative and Intuitive Cargo

Busy families need to transport all sorts of items from one day to the next. Between bulky sports equipment to small but important school supplies, you’ll find all sorts of things in a family vehicle. The 2023 Ford Explorer has well-planned cargo areas to accommodate everything and help keep you and your family stay organized.

In the trunk, you’ll find the available Cargo Management System that offers so much more than a basic trunk. First, Ford put extra pockets on the side to keep small but fragile items separated from the big stuff so you can stash notebooks, sunglasses, and crushable snacks here. Look beneath the trunk floor, and you’ll find even more storage space, perfect for hiding valuables on road trips when you pull over for spontaneous sightseeing, and nobody can watch the vehicle. Here’s the coolest (and most family-friendly) feature of this cargo area; the reversible load floor features a plastic side, so when you’re loading up muddy sports gear or a wet four-legged friend, just flip that floor to protect the carpeted side from dirt and grime.

A blue 2023 Ford Explorer Limited is shown parked near kayaks and canoes.

Safety Features You Can Count On

Staying focused on the road when you have kids complaining about homework or who stole whose juice in the back is tough. Every parent could use extra help monitoring the roads and keeping everyone safe. The standard Ford Co-Pilot360 safety and driver assistance suite is here to provide an extra set of eyes to look out for you and your family on the road. It boasts many driver assist features to make you the best driver you can be, like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking that will notify you if you’re at risk of hitting a vehicle in front of you and activate the brakes if necessary.

It also offers the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert to let you know when somebody is in that hard-to-see zone and a Lane Keeping System to gently guide you if you drift out of your lane. The team members at Faith’s Ford love showing off the Explorer’s available Active Park Assist 2.0 tool. Using cameras and sensors, this incredible feature will handle tricky parking jobs for you. Just push that Active Park Assist button, and the vehicle will park itself, taking over braking, shifting, and accelerating. When the “I’m hungry!” and “I need to use the bathroom” complaints are coming from the back seat, it’s nice to get a break from difficult parking jobs.

Technology That Helps You Stay On Top of Your To-Do List

From checkups to piano lessons to playdates, there are many things for parents to keep track of, and the 2023 Ford Explorer was designed to make things a bit easier. One way it does this is through the Ford+Alexa app. The team at Faith’s Ford would be glad to show you how to utilize it and sync it up to your smart home devices. Using this app, you can do things like handle Amazon Prime shopping, set reminders, check traffic, and get voice-activated navigation.
A massive available 10.1-inch LCD Capacitive Portrait touchscreen will show your route in large, clear graphics. Plus, you can customize it to display the apps and information you want to see and how you want to see it. One of the team members at Ford’s Faith would be glad to show you how to fully customize this center console to your unique driving needs.

A Hybrid Powertrain for Major Fuel Savings

In 2020, Ford added a hybrid powertrain to the Explorer lineup, meaning drivers can continue to enjoy this family-friendly and rugged vehicle while saving a lot of money at the pump. The hybrid powertrain gets an estimated 27 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway, and 27 MPG combined. When you’re tackling daily carpools and errands, along with taking the family on weekend road trips, gas adds up quickly. The hybrid powertrain lets families save money on fuel and keep it for the things that matter most like that theme park trip your kids keep requesting.

A blue 2023 Ford Explorer King Ranch is shown parked near a fence.

Visit Faith’s Ford and Check Out the Ford Explorer Today

The friendly and professional team at Faith’s Ford is excited to meet with you and show you why the Ford Explorer is the perfect family-friendly vehicle. They are knowledgeable about every trim and model year and would be glad to help pair you with the ideal one for your family. Once you’ve found the ideal model, their finance experts at Faith’s Ford can also help pick out the best payment package for your budget and will help you with every step of the paperwork.

If you’re looking for a vehicle with spacious and configurable seating, excellent safety features, and great connectivity, then it’s time to check out the Ford Explorer. It was designed with busy families in mind and to keep every passenger comfortable and happy, from the front seat to the third row. Families have been enjoying the Explorer since 1990, and we don’t see that stopping any time soon, as the Explorer continues to evolve with the changing automotive landscape with new features and innovations. Let the team over at Faith’s Ford take you for a test drive of the Explorer today.

July 21, 2023
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