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13.9

Litres / 100 Kms
HWY

9.7

Driving Impression

It's easy to find the limits of the base V6.It's quick enough around town, but on a winding road under acceleration between the curves, there's not enough torque at lower rpm, demanding constant downshifting of the transmission to find it, and the shifts are slow unless you're in Sport mode, which most models have.That mode brings quicker shifts and throttle response.Paddle shifters aren't available at all.

The 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo has sharper acceleration with good low end, so it spurts away from corners.It loves Sport mode.It has a sweet sound: throaty, with amplified engine notes piped into the cabin.If you're the least bit enthusiastic about driving, you need this engine.

The suspension uses MacPherson struts in front with an isolated subframe, and multi links in the rear, with anti-roll bars at both ends.The Sport gets a quicker steering rack, firmer suspension bits, and a strut tower brace with stiffer anti-roll bar in front.

The Explorer's off-road capability is modest.Rugged terrain is not its forte.But it will get you and six friends or family through the snow to a ski resort, and back down off the icy mountain safely, an achievement maybe not so modest.The system has Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow modes, and electronically varies the throttle and braking to deliver the best traction.

Summary

There are many tough competitors in the class, and Explorer has aged, but it remains a solid choice.Graceful, brawny exterior, sports suspension with the right bits.Can seat six, happily.Vast cargo space.Six-speed automatic, Sync 3 infotainment are the weak spots.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Walkaround

For being in the eighth year of its generation, the smooth styling holds up.It was revised for 2016, so it's not so old, more like distinguished.Distinguished by being classy and subtle, showing restraint at a time when others are going all overboard on edgy and futuristic.

The roofline window-line, from the shoulders up, has timeless beauty.It's the most graceful pillar/roofline in the game.With tinted rear glass and the small roof spoiler, it flows like a hawk.

There's continuous cladding from the front to rear bumpers, over the wheelwells and under the doors, but it's not intrusive.

On a wheelbase of 113 inches, the Explorer is sixteen and a half feet long, and weighs 4900 pounds fully loaded.

Interior

Ford wants the Explorer cabin to be up there with Audi and BMW, and they say they will stay on it until it is.It's at least as handsome as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, while being a bit more contemporary, as revised for 2016.

But if it's going to be tops, the infotainment must be tops, and Ford's Sync 3 isn't.It's way better than the previous painful MyFord Touch, but we wish Sync 3 were simpler.It isn't a better alternative to Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

There are a lot of control knobs and buttons on the dash, intelligently put there for 2016.

With tight door seals, engine mounts that absorb vibration, and acoustic glass all around (except for the Base), it's soft and quiet in the cabin.Forward visibility is good thanks to a high seating position, although there are over-the-shoulder blind spots thanks to those rear pillars.Beauty has a price.

The front seats (heated on most models) are supportive and comfortable, with soft cushions, the right amount of bolstering, and high soft armrests.The rear seats provide plenty of legroom but need more padding; the horizontal cushion is short and slanted awkwardly, and there's not enough width in the center for an adult.

Rear bucket seats are available, which are more comfortable and open the access to the available third row.That reduces the seating capacity to six, but it's a more convenient use that works for many.The dual-panel moonroof really opens things up.

The third row like so many is cramped for adults, but okay for kids, who (if you don't have the rear buckets) climb back there over the forward-flipped second row.

The third row folds forward, with available power, to create a vast 81 cubic feet for cargo with a floor that's nearly flat.There's still 21 cubic feet even with all rows up.

Lineup

The Ford Explorer ($31,990) comes standard with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, air conditioning.

All-wheel drive is available for all models.Front-wheel drive is standard.

Explorer XLT ($34,020) and XLT AWD ($36,170) upgrade with 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, satellite radio, navigation, and 10-way power driver's seat.

Explorer Limited ($42,090) features leather seating, 20-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row, power folding third row, 12-speaker Sony sound system.Limited AWD models come with the 2.3-liter turbo engine.

Explorer Sport ($45,950) and Platinum ($53,940) get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and all-wheel drive.

There's a Sport Appearance Package for lower trims, rendering a more aggressive look with 20-inch wheels, a gray grille insert and black cladding, black roof rack, and gray leather seating with gray suede accents and contrast stitching.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).

Introduction

The Ford Explorer, about the same size as a Honda Pilot or Chevy Traverse, has made a graceful transition to from a rear-wheel-drive to a front-wheel-drive family hauler (with all-wheel drive available).Though not as rugged as it used to be, it is a mid-size crossover SUV that can tow 5000 pounds and carry seven people, and has a vast 81 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded flat.

The current generation began with model year 2011, with its transition from traditional SUV to car-based crossover, and was last revised for 2016.Mechanically, it's long in the tooth, but there is no question the styling holds up; if anything the Explorer looks classier than those crossovers chasing edges.

Base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 used in other Fords, from Flex to Fusion.It makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, and can accelerate the Explorer to 60 miles per hour in about 8.5 seconds, using the standard 6-speed automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available.

The popular EcoBoost four-cylinder 2.3-liter turbo is available on some models, standard on Explorer Limited AWD.It's the same engine that's in the Mustang and Lincoln MKC.It makes 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and is way better than the V6, starting with its exhaust note.

Offering high performance is the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 making 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque; it comes with Explorer Platinum and Explorer Sport AWD models.If they made an Explorer SHO it would have this engine.The Explorer Sport with this twin-turbo V6 gets 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes and a stiffer chassis.It can't run with a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, but delivers respectable acceleration performance.

The twin-turbo V6 gets an EPA-rated 18 mpg Combined city and highway, just two miles per gallon less than the base V6, at 20 mpg Combined.The EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder rates 22 mpg, but many EcoBoost owners report that their mileage doesn't achieve the EPA rating.

The Explorer earns five stars in its NHTSA crash rating in every category except rollover, but SUVs never ace that one.With the IIHS, the Explorer got top scores in the moderate-front overlap, side impact and roof strength tests, but only Marginal in the small-overlap crash test, which relatively few ace.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Knee airbagsPassenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotSYNC
Memory Card SlotSYNC
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
RadioAM/FM/Satellite-prep
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeatherette
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet4
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
3rd Row Head Room960 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,034 mm
3rd Row Leg Room846 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,290 mm
Front Head Room1,052 mm
Front Hip Room1,455 mm
Front Leg Room1,090 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,562 mm
Front track1,702 mm
Overall height1,778 mm
Overall Length5,037 mm
Rear Head Room1,031 mm
Rear Hip Room1,443 mm
Rear Leg Room1,003 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,549 mm
Rear track1,702 mm
Wheelbase2,865 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.39
Axle ratio3.36
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.80 : 1
Compression Ratio9.50 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Cylinders6
Displacement213 cm^3
Displacement140 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power290 hp
Horse Power280 hp
Max RPM6,500 RPM
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM3,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size3.5 L
Size2.3 L
Torque421 Nm
Torque346 Nm
Total Valves24
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleMetal-look w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City13.9 L/100 km
Combined12.0L/100 km
Highway9.7 L/100 km
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.3 L
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraWith washer
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingTumble forward
Rear heatWith separate controls
RecliningManual
TypeSplit-bench
Roof
Roof rackRails only
Roof rackYes
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
UpholsteryCloth
Security
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
Satellite communications911 Assist
smart device integrationAppLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
FoldingManual
Type50-50
Tires
Diameter18.0"
Diameter18.0"
PrefixP
PrefixP
Profile60
Profile60
Speed RatingH
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
TypeAS
Width245 mm
Width245 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Running boardsYes
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size4.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance100,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place595 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,243 L
Curb weight2,015 kg
EPA interior volume4,296 L
Fuel Capacity70 L
Gross vehicle weight2,794 kg
Ground clearance198 mm
Max cargo capacity2,314 L
Towing Capacity907 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter18
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Roof rack
Spoiler
Trailer sway control
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Manual driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Ford CA Mobility Program
Explorer
$1,000 Jan 2, 2019
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Explorer
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Ford CA Standard APR
All SUVs
N/A N/A 5.99% 5.99% 5.99% N/A Dec 31, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Explorer
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Ford CA Standard RCL
All SUVs
8.19% 8.19% 8.19% N/A N/A N/A Dec 31, 2018
Ford CA Residuals
Explorer Base FWD
53% 44% 36% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Explorer
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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