2011 or newer Ford Explorer

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2011 or newer Ford Explorer
Platinum White (not Oxford or Summit)
Under 60,000 miles
Under $18,000
Leather Seats
Accident Free
3rd row seating Nice to haves:
2nd Row Bucket Seats
Anything, but tan seat material

Priorities: Front seat room / Reliability & durability / Price or payments

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 7 years

Maximum price: US $ 18000

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Response from AcuraT

4:24 pm June 11, 2018

If you are only looking at a Ford Explorer, I wish you luck. It is not one of the reliable cars at Ford, getting bad reviews on Consumer Reports and on TrueDelta. TrueDelta says its average reliablity is at 171% - or well over average for the number of issues it has (2011 on).

It is only slightly better in 2016 and 2017 at 149% for average repair frequency.

Going to Consumer Reports, it gets the red circle of double arrow down for overall reliablity in 2012 and 2016, one arrrow down overall for 2011 and 2013, average overall for 2014 and 2015, and slightly above average in 2017 because the car is too young to have issues yet.

If you are bent on getting this car no matter what the slightly better years are 2014 and 2015, where you only have to deal with issues on the climate system, suspension, brakes, exhaust, paint and trim, body integrity, power equipment and in car electronics.

Want something more reliable? Consider the Toyota Highlander where you only have to avoid the 2014 model year which has some real problems with the electrical system as the other years from 2011 on are pretty good. Even the Chevy Travese is better as it shows up as average in Consumer Reports for most years from 2013 on, and above average reliablity for 2016. Toyota is the best in this size of class however.


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Response from LectroFuel

12:28 am June 12, 2018

I wouldn't do it... There's no reason to buy an Explorer over any other reliable midsized crossover like a Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, or Kia Sorento.


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Response from AcuraT

1:52 pm June 12, 2018

Another reason not to get the Explorer - it does very poorly in crash testing.



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Response from LectroFuel

9:59 pm June 12, 2018

Of the 7 2018 small SUVs tested, only the Escape got a poor rating on the small overlap passenger test. I thought they were supposed to be focusing on their SUVs...


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Response from AcuraT

12:27 pm June 13, 2018

Just out today - watch out for engine fires on some Hyndai and Kia models. Fortunately, not the small SUV market except for the Santa Fe which is impacted. No response from the manufacturer as of yet:



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