What Changed in the 2017 Explorer from 2016?

2016 2017 Explorer Hoover

The Ford Explorer saw plenty of updates for the 2016 model year, so you may be surprised to learn just how much changed for the model between the 2016 and 2017 model years. The majority of the 2017 Ford Explorer is the same as the previous model year, but there are a few key changes that Hoover drivers will love.

New Sport Appearance Package

Since the Sport trim on the previous Explorer was such a hit, Ford decided to add a new Sport Appearance Package for the 2017 model. This appearance package will give you stylish black roof racks, a darker grille, and 20-inch wheels. The result is an Explorer that looks more sporty and capable; as a bonus, your vehicle will also stand out better while driving around town. This new appearance package is just available on the XLT trim level, which is more affordable than the Sport. This way, Alabama drivers can enjoy some of the favorite features of the Sport trim without having to pay for the upgrades they don’t necessarily want.

New SYNC 3

The other big change between the 2016 and 2017 Explorer is the addition of the SYNC 3 system. This is the latest version of Ford’s infotainment system, and it replaced MyFord Touch. SYNC 3 takes the features drivers loved in SYNC with MyFord Touch and optimizes them in a new design that is easier to use. It also features next-generation voice-activated technology so you can do more with just your voice and will find yourself rarely having to repeat your commands. The new capacitive touchscreen has your favorite smartphone functions, like pinch to zoom and swiping. It reacts quickly with high-speed performance. Smartphone users will love the fact that this system also adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your 2017 Explorer. SYNC 3 even adds SYNC Connect that lets you use FordPass to access your Explorer remotely to check its status, lock, unlock, and start it.

To compare the 2016 and 2017 Ford Explorer in person or just check out the latest version of this SUV, visit Long Lewis Ford in Hoover, Alabama.