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

Have you decided that the seven-passenger 2018 Ford Explorer is the SUV your family needs, but haven’t quite settled on a trim level? The team at Hutcheson Ford in St. James, MO has created the following page to highlight the key differences between the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum trim levels in the following page. Continue reading to find out which 2018 Explorer trim level boasts the safety, technology, and comfort features your family wants most, or speak directly to a specialist at Hutcheson Ford by calling (573) 265-7015.

2018 Ford Explorer Sport


What are the differences between the 2018 Ford Explorer base, XLT, and Limited?

The 2018 Ford Explorer base, XLT, and Limited trims provide the basic necessities and comfort features your family needs. From the base trim level, to the incredibly comfortable Limited trim, you’ll find practical options to enhance your daily drive. Differences between the base, XLT, and Limited trims can be found in the table below.

2018 Ford Explorer Trim Key Features
Ford Explorer

Starting at $32,140 MSRP

  • 3.5L V6 engine with 290 HP
  • SYNC® infotainment with voice recognition and 4.2-in. LCD screen
  • 8-way power drivers seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Power heated sideview mirrors
Ford Explorer XLT

Starting at $34,175 MSRP

          Ford Explorer features plus:

  • Reverse sensing system
  • 10-way power drivers seat
  • SiriusXM® Radio
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • SecuriCode™ invisible keypad
Ford Explorer Limited

Starting at $42,090 MSRP

          Ford Explorer LXT feature plus:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® I4 engine with 280 HP
  • Forward sensing system
  • SYNC® 3 with 8-in. touchscreen
  • Drivers seat memory
  • Heated and cooled first row seats
  • PowerFold® third-row seat
  • 12-speaker Sony® audio system
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Remote start system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Hands-free liftgate

2018 Ford Explorer Platinum

2018 Ford Explorer Sport vs. Platinum

Do you prefer exhilarating performance or supreme comfort? If the latter is more your style, then the Platinum trim level will provide the luxury features you need for each drive. The Sport trim, on the other hand, includes a sport-tuned suspension and paddle shifters for responsive performance. Key differences between the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport and Platinum trims include:

2018 Ford Explorer Trim Key Features
Ford Explorer Sport

Starting at $45,950 MSRP

  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine with 365 HP
  • Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™ and Hill Descent Control™
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 10-way power drivers seat with power lumbar
  • Heated first-row seats
  • Sony® 12-speaker audio system
  • Sheeting wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Blackout treatment on headlamps and taillamps
Ford Explorer Platinum

Starting at $53,940 MSRP

          Ford Explorer Sport features plus:

  • Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support
  • Blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert
  • Enhanced active park assist with parallel park, park out assist, reverse perpendicular parking and forward and side sensing systems
  • Front 180-degree camera with washer
  • Multicontour first-row seats with Active Motion®
  • Sony audio system with Clear Phase® and Live Acoustics™ technology
  • Power-adjustable pedals with memory


2018 Ford Explorer Special Offers

Regardless of which 2018 Ford Explorer trim level you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of the special offers available at Hutcheson Ford in St. James, MO. From lease deals to finance specials, you’ll find an offer that works for your budget. To claim your offer or to speak to a finance expert, contact our Ford dealership at (573) 265-7015. At Hutcheson Ford, it’s not what we do, it’s how we do it.