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2013 Ford Explorer Review

Wednesday, December 26th 2012. | Reviews

The Ford Explorer came into existence back in 1990 as a mid-sized SUV. The Explorer had a big hand to play in making SUVs a popular car type. Since then, the Explorer has seen several changes and improvements and has been recently labeled as a full-sized SUV rather than a mid-sized one. Back in the 90s, the Ford Explorer was subject to controversy as the models fitted with Firestone tires got into terrible accidents due to tire failure. However, Ford has put all that in the past and has improved the vehicle since then. The latest 2013 model is better than ever and here is why:

The Ford Explorer offers more efficient power-plants under the bonnet. You can go for the standard 3.5 liter V6 with 290 BHP and 255 lb-ft of torque with, according to Ford, 20 percent better fuel efficiency compared to the outgoing model. You can also opt for an EcoBoost 2.0 liter turbocharged V4 that produces 237 BHP and 250 lb-ft of torque. The EcoBoost engine offers, according to Ford, around 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Moreover, four-wheel drive is offered only with the more powerful V6, otherwise the 2013 Ford Explorer has a front-wheel drive setup as standard. The Explorer also has a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard, although the XLT and the Limited trim-levels have a manual shift mode as well.

Speaking of trim-levels, the 2013 Ford Explorer has three versions (apart from the Sports version). The amount of features you get naturally depends upon which trim-level you are willing to buy. The most luxurious, and consequently most expensive, trim-level is the Limited edition. The 2013 Ford Explorer Limited version has a long list of features including the usual Ford infotainment system (MyFord Touch and Ford Sync), Sony Audio System with HD radio, 20” painted alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear auxiliary climate control, MyKey, rear view camera and several other standard and optional features as well. Even the Base version is well equipped.

The interior of the new Ford Explorer is made with materials of a higher quality compared to before. There is also more space inside as well, especially since the exterior of the car is bigger than the outgoing model. The exterior, it must be said, looks better than ever with more fluid lines and liberal use of chrome. Furthermore, the new Explorer has a unibody platform rather than the body-on-frame setup of the previous models.

The off-road capability of the Ford Explorer is questionable when compared to other SUVs in the market. But what percentage of buyers really go off-road with this SUV? The Explorer, does however, have an easy-to-use terrain management control knob as an option. The system allows the driver to switch to snow, sand, mud and normal modes with a simple twist of the knob.


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