Friday, March 28, 2014


The Ford Explorer is a large SUV that can seat the whole family and has been on the market for more than two decades. he Ford Explorer is a sport utility vehicle produced by the American manufacturer Ford since 1990. It is manufactured in Chicago, Illinois. It was also assembled in Hazelwood, Missouri until the plant closed on March 10, 2006. The Ford Explorer was instrumental[neutrality is disputed] in turning the SUV from a special interest vehicle into one of the most popular vehicle types on the road. The model years through 2010 were traditional body-on-frame, mid-size SUVs. 

For the 2011 model year, Ford moved the Explorer to a more modern unibody, full-size crossover SUV/crossover utility vehicle platform, the same Volvo-derived platform the Ford Flex and Ford Taurus use. It is slotted between the traditional body-on-frame, full-size Ford Expedition and the mid-size CUV Ford Edge. Although outwardly similar, the fifth generation Explorer, Ford Edge and Ford Escape do not share platforms. The fifth generation Explorer does, however, share platforms with the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT.

The 2014 FORD EXPLORER is more of an all-weather wagon than a rock-climbing utility vehicle. Today, it comes with either four- or six-cylinder engines (one a turbocharged EcoBoost offering), and with front- or all-wheel drive paired with a standard automatic transmission. The competitor most frequently cited is the Explorer's long-time archrival, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, although the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander are actually closer matches than the somewhat smaller Jeep.

The latest Ford Explorer was introduced in the 2011 model year as an all-new crossover vehicle. Ditching the frame-rail design, the car-based Explorer arrived with seven-seat capability, electronic assistance for its all-wheel-drive system, and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine teamed with a six-speed automatic. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine became an option for the 2012 model year, and delivers up to 28 mpg on the highway--some 25 percent better than any Explorer before it.

The latest Explorer is among our top-rated vehicles for families, for its interior and fuel economy as well as for its carlike handling and excellent safety record. The current Explorer also includes all the latest connectivity systems, including a navigation system with Sirius Travel Link and Sync, which uses Bluetooth to enable voice control of some vehicle systems. There's also MyFord Touch, a system that uses steering-wheel or voice controls to direct audio, navigation, and phone with a large LCD touchscreen to display the interface. It's been controversial, with some publications and customers pointing out glitches and difficulties in getting used to the system, but it is an option.

The Ford Explorer Sport is new in the 2013 model year. It's not a two-door version of the crossover, as the name might have implied in the past. Instead, it's a twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder-powered version of the Explorer with lots of luxury features. It could almost be considered an Explorer "SHO," but it's positioned more as a replacement for the old V-8 versions.

With Ford's turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, the Ford Explorer Sport is outfitted with a 350-horsepower six-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive, as well as suspension and steering improvements, making it the closest thing to a performance-oriented Explorer we're likely to see. Its 0-60 mph times are a full two seconds quicker than the standard V-6 Explorer, too--while towing remains as high as 5,000 pounds.

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