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Ford Explorer Reviews

The Ford Explorer is a 4-door SUV offered in a 4WD 4dr XLT, 4WD 4dr Sport, 4WD 4dr Platinum, FWD 4dr XLT, FWD 4dr Limited, 4WD 4dr Base, FWD 4dr Base and 4WD 4dr Limited. The powertrains include 2.3-liter 4 turbo (280 hp), 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp) and 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp) engines, and 6-speed automatic transmissions. It is Front or AWD wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 17 mpg city to 23 mpg highway. The Explorer uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Kia Sorento, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango and Toyota Highlander.

Last Model Reviewed: 2011

Reviewed Ford Explorers from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2011 Ford Explorer XLT V6
  • 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

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