Ford Explorer Overview
A midsized SUV with a usable third-row seat, the Explorer is a bit of an also-ran in the category. The standard 3.5-liter V6 is punchy enough, though a bit rough. The ride is steady and absorbent, but handling is not particularly agile. The interior is quiet and well-finished, but the problematic MyFord Touch control interface is a big drawback. A freshened 2016 Explorer arrives in July, with minor styling updates, more electronic safety features, and an updated control interface. A new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo from the Mustang will be optional, but it gets a 30-hp bump in the Explorer, up to 270. The new engine will also be available with all-wheel drive.
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