The 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum has come a long way from the first body-on-frame SUVs to wear the Explorer name back in the 1990s: Indeed, it offers the kind of modern-day technologies that were unheard of more than 25 years ago, along with a powerful turbocharged engine and a wealth of available luxury features. But there also are similarities, since the new Explorer still provides a robust maximum tow rating, a highly capable terrain-management system, and three rows of flexible and versatile seating.
Which brings us to something else the new Explorer has in common with the old—incredible popularity. As folks may recall, the original Explorer helped kick off the SUV craze when it first launched, while today, the next-gen version has been the best-selling three-row sport-utility for six years in a row. Nor is that streak likely to end this year.