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2013 Ford Explorer

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2013 Ford Explorer 4-door SUV
2011 Ford Explorer shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Optional system
Basic

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2013-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2013 models, the seat belts and airbags were modified.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 17 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure and allowing little airbag cushioning for the chest. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right.

Door hinge pillar and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a moderate risk of injuries to the left knee and lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1402
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 34
Footrest (cm) 11
Left toepan (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Parking brake (cm) 18
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 13
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 26
Upper dash (cm) 23
Lower instrument panel (cm) 20

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1402
Head
HIC-15 93
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 3.7
Right 2.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 14
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.87
Right 0.61
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 0.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63
Right 93

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2013-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2013 models, the seat belts and frontal airbags were modified, and a knee airbag for the front passenger was added.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but began to roll toward the right side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger's survival space was not maintained well.

The dummy's head contacted the frontal airbag but then rolled around to the right.

Extensive intrusion of the dashboard and door hinge pillar contributed to a likely risk of injury to the right hip and a possible risk to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CEP1813
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 38
Footrest (cm) 25
Right toepan (cm) 22
Center toepan (cm) 17
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 15
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 25
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 33
Upper dash (cm) 32
Right lower dash (cm) 28

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CEP1813
Head
HIC-15 72
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 6.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 5
Right 8
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 32
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.96
Right 0.77
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 57

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEP1813
Head
HIC-15 13
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.13
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 0.0
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.31
Right 0.26
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 29
Right 20

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 2011 model year and now shares the same basic design as the Ford Flex. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1014
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 16
Right (cm) 14
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 5
Right (cm) 5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1014
Head
HIC-15 261
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.6
Femur force - right (kN) 3.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 5
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.18
Maximum tibia index - right 0.60
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 65
Right 91

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 2011 model year and now shares the same basic design as the Ford Flex. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1013
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -23.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1013
Head HIC-15 69
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 22
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 18
Average deflection (mm) 16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.60
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.10
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 74
A-P moment (Nm) 23

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1013
Head HIC-15 46
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.0
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 17
Average deflection (mm) 14
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.18
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.1
L-M moment (Nm) 56
A-P moment (Nm) 18

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,661 lbs
Peak force 21,347 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.58

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 28
Distance below top of head (mm) 28
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.0
Head contact time (ms) 62
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 540

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional 302A + Adaptive Cruise Control

Applies to 2013-14 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • Autobrake not available.
Basic
Basic
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated