Ford Explorer

Base MSRP price range:
$30,700 - $43,100
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Ratings Category: Midsized sport-utility vehicles
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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. The 2.3-liter delivers 270 hp--30 more than the 2.0-liter it replaces. The new engine will also be available with all-wheel drive.

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