2017 Ford Explorer: What Do You Want

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You’re going to want to wait for the 2017 model version of the Ford Explorer if you’re keen to have the Sync 3 infotainment interface updated to the latest possible system, since that’s what they are mostly going to do about it. It’s the most significant change that’s ever been done to this midsize crossover since its last full redesign, so naturally Ford could make a big deal out of it.

For the unfamiliar, the Sync 3 system replaces what even the automaker acknowledges was the glitchy, insufficiently sorted MyFord Touch system; the one that went horribly wrong. You know you can count on the Sync 3 system now since its main aim is to simplify user experience and the updated navigation/entertainment/communications interface could well enhance the driving experience, if that’s safe to say.

We could also be expecting the front fascia of the car to have a revised nose with a new hood and grille as well as larger headlamps, all in which helps to improve aerodynamics. There’s also a reshaped lift gate, fascia and tail lamps modernized the tail. In terms of mechanical changes, it’s so minor you wouldn’t even notice the difference. The 3.5-litre V6 with a six-speed automatic would remain standard in Base, XLT, and Limited models.

There’s really nothing much that we could see from the changes except for Sync 3’s update, being the largest that we could be noticing. It’s also worthy to note that the 2017 Explorer should offer most every feature a midsize crossover shopper in this price range could want. If you’re still not convinced what Sync 3 could bring for optimizing your driving experience, do note that it employs Blackberry-related software and is more intuitive, has a cleaner layout and more advanced features. That should be already sufficient enough if we’ve picked on your interest.

We’ll get on to delivering more updates as they come, so do stay tuned for more.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.