In a crowded field, one vehicle is redefining the expectations for the SUV: the 2018 Ford Explorer. But for one trim, the term “redefining” is far too subtle.

While some SUVs above the crossover classification have earned a reputation for being awkward and unwieldy, the Ford Explorer Sport has carved out a legacy of its own. As muscular and flashy as it is safe and smooth, the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport puts the ‘S’ in SUV. Read about why it’s got us so excited below.

Highlight Reel: the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport Trim


Don’t be fooled: sport isn’t just in the name. Everything about the new Explorer Sport exudes athleticism — from the standard quad chrome exhaust tips to the high-gloss black grille with matching black bars. Sharp exterior sculpting gives this midsize SUV a chiseled, imposing profile.

And we haven’t even opened the doors yet.

The Explorer Sport may be rugged on the outside, but inside it’s surprisingly sumptuous. Available design components like leather-trimmed seating and a twin-panel moonroof make for a luxurious ride every time you leave the driveway. And with a third-row Powerfold® bench seat to go along with up to 81.7 cu. ft., space versatility has never seemed so accessible.


The Ford Explorer Sport makes other midsize SUVs look out of shape. But there’s no shame. After all, it’s not easy to compete with an available 365-horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost® engine. This year’s model pairs crossover-like handling with unrestrained acceleration. And with a Terrain Management System™ that supplements available Intelligent 4WD, the Explorer Sport shows a wild side that rivals its off-road specialist competitors.   

Safety and Technology

The Explorer Sport may be strapping, but it’s no dumb jock. Standard remote start and an available Sony® audio system are just a few of the bells and whistles you’ll find during your search for yours. And since you can’t enjoy a sporty ride without peace of mind, it’s a good thing Explorer Sport offers a variety of active safety systems. The Blind Spot Information System BLIS® with Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning are just a few.

Get into the Game in Rochelle, IL

Ready to join the action and see what all the fuss is about? Find the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport in our new SUV inventory. If you like what you’ve seen already, visit our dealership in Rochelle, Illinois, for a test drive today. The ultimate SUV experience is yours to explore.