5th Gen (2011 – 2018) Ford Explorer Problems

The 5th generation of the Explorer has a cumulative PainRank™ of 35.82. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 2011–2018 Explorer model years have sent in 1353 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the body (25%) followed by the engine (14%) and the interior (12%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2018 1
0.88
2017 35
11.59
2016 281
50.62
2015 130
41.26
2014 196
48.29
2013 406
64.45
2012 119
32.0
2011 185
37.5

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