Ford Explorer Reviews, Photos, Prices, Specs

June 30th, 2012 | Category: Ford, SUV | 1367 Views

Ford Explorer Reviews, Photos, Prices, SpecsThe Ford Explorer is a sport-utility vehicle sold in North America and built by the Ford Motor Company since 1990, as a replacement for the smaller but related Ford Bronco II. 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 in turning the SUV from a special-interest vehicle into one of the most popular vehicle types on the road. Model years through 2010 were traditional mid-sized SUVs, with the redesign for the 2011 model year classifying it as a full-sized crossover SUV. It is slotted between the larger Ford Expedition and the smaller Ford Escape. Although outwardly similar, the Explorer and Ford Edge do not share platforms.

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The Explorer has also been involved in controversy, after a spate of fatal rollover accidents involving Explorers fitted with Firestone tires. Both two-door Explorer Sport and four-door models of Explorer have been sold. Part-time four-wheel drive is an available option, and since 1995 this has been a ‘shift on the fly’ system with full protection against being engaged at high speed. A specially modified Special Service Vehicle version is also available from Ford Fleet for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS agencies. Explorer was also the name of a trim package offered on the Ford F-Series trucks from 1968 to 1986. The 2011 Ford Explorer was named North American Truck of the Year.

The Ford Explorer is a mid-size sport-utility vehicle that originally replaced the Ford Bronco II in the early 1990s and was a decade ago one of the best-selling, most recognizable and popular vehicles in the U.S. market, with annual sales approaching a half-million.

Earlier versions of the Explorer that had been sold in the 1990s were quite crude devices that drove like short-wheelbase compact pickups. In fact, there were still a few shared parts with the Ranger. Then 2001 was a pivotal year for the Explorer. That’s when a number of rollover accidents—linked to underinflated or improperly specified Firestone tires—led to the Explorer’s recall. That recall, and the hearings around it, led to the requirement for tire-pressure monitoring and also arguably sped the deployment of electronic stability control.

Explorers became much improved with a full redesign for 2002, when the Explorer got an independent rear suspension. Then in 2006 more safety features were added, and the exterior styling especially was smoothed over. But Explorer sales never quite recovered after the issue, as buyers started to migrate to more carlike crossover vehicles like the Toyota Highlander. Through this era, the Explorer’s interior functionality also got better, with usable seating space for up to seven, and third-row seating that became easier to use.

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Price of Ford Explorer :
It hasn’t been confirmed by the usual routes, but the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport has been priced from $40,720 before destination charges and options, according to Ford’s new-vehicle configurator site, updated this week.

Interior and Exterior of Ford Explorer :
The Sport model comes standard with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic too, and Terrain Management controls that manage traction responses for surfaces from mud, to rocks, to sand, to pavement. The Sport model keeps the highest Explorer tow rating of 5,000 pounds, and gets more chassis and steering-system bracing and its own suspension tuning.

The Explorer Sport takes the basic crossover package and puts a twin-turbocharged spin on it. With a 350-horsepower, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 under its hood, the 2013 Explorer Sport promises performance like that of the Taurus SHO but without those infamous initials stuck on its backside.

The outward changes stamp an “Explorer” name across the nose like the “Flex” now etched on that crossover’s face–and new wheels and polished exhaust tips. The Sport’s infotainment system includes standard SYNC, MyFord Touch, and a media hub with dual USB ports, an SD card slot and a set of RCA jacks. Safety equipment includes a standard rearview camera and options for blind-spot monitors, active park assist, and for a set of inflatable rear seat belts, new to the Ford lineup within the past year.

Review pictures specifications, interior, Exterior of Ford Explorer :

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