2014 Ford Explorer Terrain Management System
The Ford Explorer is one of the few models in the Ford lineup that will not be completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, as it was recently refreshed for the current 2014 model. The SUV received a number of new features with the model updates, including one that increases the all-road capability of the Explorer, and to fill you in on how the 2014 Ford Explorer Terrain Management System works, we’re providing you with a closer look at all that it’s capable of.
The Terrain Management System in the 2014 Ford Explorer comes with four different settings, allowing it to take on common streets and highways, as well as more unconventional roads such as off-road paths and trails. With settings for mud ruts, sand, grass, gravel and snow, there is nothing that the Explorer can’t handle. Perhaps the best part of the system is that it can be quickly adjusted with the simple turn of the system’s dial, which is conveniently located near the center console.
Let’s take a look at what a few of the settings do. If you’ve ever been to any of the off-road vehicle courses in the Kansas City area, you likely know that mud ruts are a very common obstacle—especially in rainy spring weather. Mud is not a problem for the Ford Explorer, however. When the mud rut setting is activated, the SUV increases torque to the rear wheels, slightly delays transmission upshift and modifies the sensitivity and stability control to maintain momentum on the terrain.
Torque, transmission upshift and stability control are just a few of the systems that are adjusted with the turn of the dial. On top of engine and transmission, the brakes are adjusted to keep the wheels from slipping, and to ensure that the Explorer is able to come to a full stop whenever you push your foot to the pedal. It’s one of the features that gives you confidence and keeps you safe while behind the wheel of the SUV—regardless of the terrain that you’re taking on.
The Terrain Management System isn’t the only feature of the 2014 Ford Explorer that gives the SUV all-road capabilities. It’s also made available with Hill Descent Control, which regulates speed on declines to keep you from hitting the gas too hard and putting yourself in a dangerous situation. With impressive performance both on and off road, it comes as no surprise that so many Kansas City residents are turning to the 2014 Ford Explorer.
The 2014 Ford Explorer Terrain Management System is available on all vehicles equipped with Intelligent 4WD. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, we suggest that you schedule a test drive here at Matt Ford. That way you can get behind the wheel and feel how each of the four settings of the system are able to adjust performance. We can assure you that reading about the system is nothing compared to putting it to the ultimate test for yourself.
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