5th Generation (2011—2019) Explorer Problems

This generations ranks 89th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the body (24%), engine (13%), and the interior (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Paint on Hood Bubbling Around Perimeter 140 complaints at an average of 46,144 miles in the 2013 Ford Explorer.
  2. Power Steering Stopped Working While Driving 16 complaints at an average of 30,131 miles in the 2015 Ford Explorer.
  3. Wrench Light On 53 complaints at an average of 8,096 miles in the 2016 Ford Explorer.

What Explorer Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2019 0 0 4 0.0
2018 4 1 54 2.36
2017 54 4 85 16.09
2016 330 6 86 63.82
2015 160 3 57 42.95
2014 223 2 76 47.13
2013 441 7 88 69.52
2012 123 4 52 33.61
2011 185 5 50 37.36

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