December was the month of the crossover - with Ford leading the charge, delivering massive year-to-year growth with every day. Its venerable Explorer rang in the new year with staggering sales, proving that true performance knows neither age nor limitations.
According to the NWI Times, the 2018 Explorer (along with its 2017 predecessor) dominated December’s sales chart. Critics report that 25,375 total units were tallied last month - marking a 33% overall growth from November and a 10.1% increase from the previous year. This was a remarkable total, with no other brand managing to deliver such impressive gains. Winter is, traditionally, a season that sees consumer interest wane. Ford’s signature SUV, however, defied all expectations and yielded high amounts.
It also helped to bolster the brand’s overall success. The NWI Times notes that the Big Blue Oval’s entire crossover sector rose - jumping 10.3% from 2016. This ensured an eighth consecutive victory in North America, allowing Ford to dominate its main competitors (Toyota and Dodge).
Our team isn’t surprised. The 2018 Explorer was (and remains) a popular option on our lot - boasting up to 365 HP and 350 lb.-ft of torque. This AWD powerhouse can accommodate up to 5,000 of conventional trailering pounds, making it perfect for every off-road adventure.
Too often do size and speed prove mutually exclusive - with crossovers unable to deliver the nimble responses of their sedan brethren. These platforms (with their massive frames and thick A-Pillars) are ill-suited for the track, and they lumber through every mile. This is the way of things.
With the release of the 2018 Explorer, Ford is offering drivers a new path to take.
According to Digital Trends, the 2018 Explorer delivers surprising speed. Boasting a 3.5L EcoBoost V6, this platform can achieve a 0 to 60 sprint of only 5.8 seconds. This places it far above the competition (with the Subaru BRZ requiring 6.2 seconds and the the Toyota needing 7.2 seconds, respectively); and it promises drivers a rare sense of power. Ford’s signature SUV can now weave deftly down every highway.
How does the Explorer achieve such a fast pace? Digital Trends notes that its robust engine (which generates 365 HP and 350 lb.-ft of torque) offers twin-turbo technology - propelling the platform forward. Direct-injection functionality helps to optimize fuel, while a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission eliminates grinding. When these elements combine, they provide a seamless SUV experience.
Want to give it a try? Visit our dealership today to learn more about the 2018 Explorer!