No one can contest how much vehicle safety has come along in just four years. This year, high-tech gear like the rearview camera is standard equipment, so all Explorer models display any stray grocery carts or bicycles that might be in your path. In 2013, shoppers had to pay extra for this feature, so you might not be able to find it in your dealer's used Explorer stock. The new 2017 Ford Explorer also offers a 180-degree front camera that can see around corners and help you turn onto busy highways in a safe manner. Of course, in government crash tests, both models earned perfect five-star ratings for overall protection. 2017 2013 Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded both models with its top score of "Good." 2017 2013
SYNC 3 vs. MYFORD TOUCH
The brand new 2017 Ford Explorer is equipped with the latest incarnation of infotainment, the Sync 3 system. Based on Blackberry technology, it improves upon the 2013 model's MyFord Touch infotainment gear in a number of ways. Firstly, the menu system is simpler, giving you the opportunity to access the feature you need without hunting through pages of buttons. MyFord Touch was based on Microsoft technology, which made the system slower to respond to user inputs, and frustration levels could escalate quickly. Both systems had their perks, of course - namely the complimentary Sync voice command technology. Use voice controls for prompt access to features like hands-free calling, which is certainly convenient when you're stuck in traffic but need to call home and check on the little ones.