Ford's best-known SUV model gets a significant update for 2016, with new styling, a new four-cylinder EcoBoost four-cylinder engine for its base model and a new Platinum top-end trim.
The new look lends the Explorer a slick, European appearance, and the 2.3L turbo four-cylinder is now available with four-wheel drive, where the outgoing 2.0L motor could only be matched with front-drive.
The 2.3L makes 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, while the base engine, a 3.5L V6, is good for 290 hp and 255 lb-ft. At the top of the range is a Sport model powered by a turbocharged version of that 3.5L that cranks out 365 hp and 350 lb-ft. All three come with a six-speed automatic transmission; the base V6 and four-cylinder come standard with front-drive but can be optioned with Ford's "intelligent" 4WD with Terrain Management System. The turbo V6 is a 4WD-only model.
Fuel consumption ratings are 12.6/8.5 L/100 km with the 2.3L and FWD, 13.1/9.1 for 2.3L/4WD; 13.9/12.0 for the base V6 with FWD and 14.4/12.6 with 4WD; and 14.9/10.7 for the Sport model with its EcoBoost V6 and 4WD.
Explorer starts out as a base model with the 3.5L non-turbo engine, SYNC, LED headlights and taillights, backup camera with washer, 18-inch wheels, and cloth seats.
XLT adds dual-zone automatic climate control, intelligent keyless entry, nine-speaker sound system, remote engine start, keyless entry kepad, and leather-trimmed shifter and steering wheel.
Limited trim gets a power-folding third-row seat, ambient lighting, hands-free power tailgate, 20-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, perforated leather upholstery, 12-speaker stereo, and a front-mounted parking camera with washer.
Sport trim gets the turbocharged V6, standard 4WD, unique 20-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension, and sport-styled seats.
Finally, Platinum models come with a dual-pane sunroof, trim-specific 20-inch wheels, upgraded sound system, active park assist, and upgraded leather upholstery.
Prices range from $33,499 to $59,099.
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