2018 Ford Explorer Trim Levels: Base vs. XLT vs. Limited vs. Sport vs. Platinum

For decades, the Ford Explorer has set the precedent for what makes a high quality SUV. You already know the 2018 Explorer provides the convenience and capability your family needs, but which trim level comes with the features you've had your eye on? Our experts at Imlay City Ford have highlighted the key features found on each Ford Explorer trim level available in our new model inventory, and gathered them for you in the following page.

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport

2018 Ford Explorer Base vs. XLT vs. Limited vs. Platinum: Engine Specs

Are you looking for maximum performance? What about advanced efficiency? Maybe you need a balance of the two. No matter what you need, there's a 2018 Ford Explorer that's just right for you. Take a look at the table below to get a better idea of which engine option works best for you.


2.3L Turbocharged EcoBoost® I4

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

3.5L Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost® V6


280 HP

290 HP

365 HP


310 lb.-ft.

255 lb.-ft.

350 lb.-ft.

Towing Capacity*

3,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

Fuel Efficiency*

19 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway

17 MPG City / 24 MPG Highway

16 MPG City / 22 MPG Highway

Trim Availability

Base / XLT / Limited

Base / XLT / Limited

Sport / Platinum

*When properly equipped

2018 Ford Explorer XLT

2018 Ford Explorer Base vs. XLT

If you're looking for the most affordable way to take home the practicality and capability of a 2018 Ford Explorer, the Base and XLT trim levels are the way to go. When comparing 2018 Ford Explorer Base vs. XLT trim packages, those who prefer added comfort and technology will be swayed by the XLT.


Starting at $32,140 MSRP

  • SYNC® infotainment interface
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Trailer Sway Control


Starting at $34,175 MSRP

All Base trim level features, plus:

  • Reverse sensing system
  • Dual-zone electronic climate control
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • LED Signature Lighting

2018 Ford Explorer Platinum

2018 Ford Explorer Limited vs. Sport vs. Platinum

If you want more in the way of technology, performance, and luxury, the Limited, Sport, and Platinum trim levels are perfect for you. Features that differ between the 2018 Ford Explorer Limited vs. Sport vs. Platinum are as follows:


Starting at $42,090 MSRP

All XLT trim level features, plus:

  • SYNC® 3 infotainment interface
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front-row seats, second-row seats, and steering wheel
  • Sony® 12-speaker premium audio system
  • SYNC® Connect and Wi-Fi® Hotspot


Starting at $45,950 MSRP

All XLT trim level features, plus:

  • 3.5L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6
  • Intelligent 4WD
  • Perforated leather seating with red accent stitching
  • Quad chrome exhaust tips


Starting at $53,940 MSRP

All Sport trim level features, plus:

  • Premium Nirvana Leather upholstery with micro-perforation and quilted bolsters
  • Ford Safe and Smart™ package
  • Twin-panel moonroof
  • Premium Sound by Sony® 12-speaker audio system with Clear Phase® technology


Finance or Lease a 2018 Ford Explorer in Imlay City Today!

Now that you're confident you've found the perfect 2018 Ford Explorer for your family, it's time to see how affordable it is to take one home from Imlay City Ford. Our finance specialists will work with you closely, and we also have several special offers and factory-direct incentives for you to take advantage of. Get in touch with our team by calling (888) 577-0437 or by using our online contact form.


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