The 2014 Explorer has always held one of the top positions for an SUV in its class. Now the vehicle is even better than before. One of the most innovative additions to the new 2014 Ford Explorer is the Terrain Management System™.
The Terrain Management System™ allows the driver to quickly shift on the move into one of four settings to match the present terrain. This is achieved by turning a rotary dial on the dashboard. Settings 1-4 are listed below:
- is used for normal, everyday conditions.
- is for use in mud and ruts.
- is for sandy conditions.
- is for slippery conditions like snow, gravel, and grass.
Jonathan Crocker, head of Vehicle Engineering for the 2014 Ford Explorer, decided that some drivers did not understand the conventional four-wheel drive low and high, and would also benefit from a system that was more integrated and less hands-on. In 2011 the Ford Explorer moved from a rear-wheel platform to front-wheel. The principle behind the move was not simply to engage the rear axle in difficult conditions but to integrate and modify the response of different systems for improved performance.
If you are driving your 2014 Ford Explorer under the normal settings, the Terrain Management System™ moves torque to the front wheels and shifts torque to the rear only as required. This is the most economical setting but still allows the vehicle its four-wheel drive function for the best driving conditions.
Should conditions become more difficult and extreme, one can dial the grass, snow, and gravel setting. For example, this setting can be used when the underlying surface is firm and solid, but the top layer of the surface is loose and slippery. Under this setting more torque is applied to the rear wheels,
The transmission, without the aid of the driver, shifts up into a higher gear, and, at the same time, the engine lessens its torque output at the current throttle condition. This action stops the tires from spinning. Simultaneously, the stability control function keeps the steering straight and true.
In the Mud and Ruts setting, the Terrain Management System™ makes the accelerator more aggressive and, at the same time, desensitizes the stability control. This enables the wheels to spin as fast or as slow as need be.
The Terrain Management System™ really shows its mettle in deep, sandy conditions. In these extreme conditions you simply dial to sand on the Terrain Management System™, and it will automatically disable the traction control whilst keeping the transmission in low gear to power effortlessly out of trouble.
The 2014 Explorer is much improved with the Terrain Management System™. It enables the driver to deal with most on-road and off-road conditions safely and efficiently. It also aids fuel economy and comfort. The system is easy to use, and each setting can be quickly dialed whilst the car is in motion. The dial is in easy reach, and each setting illuminates to reassure the driver that he has successfully made his selection; this is especially useful at night.