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Ford Explorer MPG

Model Year Body/Powertrain MPG  
2015 2015 4dr SUV 290-hp 3.5L V6 6-sp shiftable automatic AWD 20.9 See details
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With the 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, the 2015 Ford Explorer has been averaging 20.9 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2015 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in heavy traffic (about 45 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 78 miles per hour (40 percent), in the suburbs (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition, the average 2015 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on hilly terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
2013 2013 4dr SUV 290-hp 3.5L V6 6-sp shiftable automatic AWD 21.8 See details
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2012 2012 4dr SUV 290-hp 3.5L V6 6-sp shiftable automatic AWD 18.44 See details
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2012 2012 4dr SUV 290-hp 3.5L V6 6-sp shiftable automatic FWD 21.4 See details
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2011 2011 4dr SUV 290-hp 3.5L V6 6-sp automatic AWD 22 See details
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2011 2011 4dr SUV 290-hp 3.5L V6 6-sp shiftable automatic FWD 15.6 See details
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2009 2009 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 18.5 See details
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2009 2009 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 19.25 See details
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2008 2008 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic AWD 16.6 See details
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2008 2008 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 16.46 See details
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2008 2008 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic RWD 16.5 See details
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2007 2007 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 17.16 See details
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2007 2007 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 17.73 See details
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2006 2006 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 15.07 See details
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2006 2006 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic RWD 18.3 See details
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2006 2006 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 16.4 See details
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2006 2006 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic RWD 18.14 See details
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2005 2005 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 16.4 See details
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2005 2005 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic RWD 17.5 See details
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2005 2005 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 13.25 See details
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2005 2005 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic RWD 18 See details
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2004 2004 4dr SUV 239-hp 4.6L V8 5-sp automatic AWD 16.67 See details
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2004 2004 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic AWD 16.89 See details
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2004 2004 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 13.17 See details
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2004 2004 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic RWD 18.76 See details
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2003 2003 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 14.42 See details
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2003 2003 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 17.57 See details
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2003 2003 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic RWD 17.8 See details
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2002 2002 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 16.06 See details
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2002 2002 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 19.24 See details
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2002 2002 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic RWD 18.17 See details
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2002 2002 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp manual 4WD w/low range 17 See details
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2001 2001 4dr SUV 210-hp 4.0L V6 5-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 11.4 See details
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2000 2000 4dr SUV 292-hp 4.6L V8 6-sp automatic 4WD w/low range 17.81 See details
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We initially went in looking for a commuter vehicle with High mpg... but the sport they had jumped out at us and we were on the hunt for one... in the wife's daily 45 mile drive to work she's averaging 20 mpg which is comparable to the Audi's 4 cylinder and my truck's 8 cylinder. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For such a beast I'm pleased with the gas mileage. I average 19-21 in almost all city/suburban stoplight and rush hour driving. Highway mileage drops fast if you drive over 70. Keep it under 70 and I get about 24. see full Ford Explorer review
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a mid-sized SUV, fuel economy is still as good or better than many 2008 cross-overs, and has all of the luxury features I like. see full Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not really bad, but not that great either. To be expected for a vehicle this heavy see full Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch! see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
wish it was higher. Part of our problem is that wanted and bought a model with the towing package. The lower gearing does impact fuel economy see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous. see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Gets poor fuel economy, but that is expected from a large SUV see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a low output V6 (210hp) I would expect better gas mileage for this 4,400 suv. I average 14 to 18 mpg per tank depending on mix of city/highway. see full Ford Explorer review
 

Ford Explorer Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Ford Explorer's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.