2018 Ford Explorer vs 2016-2017: Update differences in photo comparison

For the 2018 model year, the 7-year old Ford Explorer has been given a very minor facelift, with upgraded equipment packages, to keep it fresh.

2018 Ford Explorer Sport - front, white2018
U502 Ford Explorer facelift - Platinum2016-17
The front of the Explorer has received the largest update, although if you can't spot it, we won't blame you. There's a new pattern for the grille insert, and the front bumper has been redesigned with new fog lights and fake air intakes underneath.
2018 Ford Explorer Sport - rear, white2018
U502 Ford Explorer facelift - side2016-17
Nothing's really changed along the side.
2018 Ford Explorer Sport - rear2018
U502 Ford Explorer facelift - Platinum2016-17
The lower part of the rear bumper has been tweaked. On the 2018 Explorer Sport, seen here, there's a new diffuser-type element and quad chrome tips for the exhaust setup. The Sport also has smoked tail-light lenses.
2018 Ford Explorer Sport - Sync 32018
U502 Ford Explorer facelift - interior2016-17
The updated Explorer is now fitted with the Sync 3 infotainment and navigation system instead of the awful MyFord Touch unit. There's also an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.


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2018 Ford Explorer vs 2016-2017: Update differences in photo comparison