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2016 Ford Explorer SUV

City mpg:
17
Highway mpg:
24

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2016 Ford Explorer SUV Overview

The standard features of the Ford Explorer Base include 3.5L V-6 290hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

2016 Ford
Explorer SUV

Starting at: $30,700

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 198mm (7.8")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 290hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.5mm x 86.7mm (3.64" x 3.41")
  • Compression ratio - 10.80 to 1
  • Curb weight - 2,015kg (4,443lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,794kg (6,160lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 907kg (2,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,037mm (198.3")
  • Exterior body width - 2,004mm (78.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,778mm (70.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,865mm (112.8")
  • Turning radius - 6.0m (19.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,090mm (42.9")
  • Rear legroom - 1,003mm (39.5")
  • 3rd row legroom - 813mm (32.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear headroom - 1,031mm (40.6")
  • 3rd row headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,443mm (56.8")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,034mm (40.7")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,562mm (61.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,549mm (61.0")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,290mm (50.8")
  • Passenger volume - 4,296L (151.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 595 L (21 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,285 L (81 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 290hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 20mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.6gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 24mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Base 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Base Search New $30,700   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
Base 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Base Search New $31,050   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
Base 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Base Search New $32,700   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Base 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Base Search New $33,050   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
XLT 2016 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $33,400   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
XLT 2016 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $33,400   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
XLT 2016 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $35,400   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
XLT 2016 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Search New $35,400   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Limited 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $41,300   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
Limited 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $41,300   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  17 / 24  
Sport 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Sport Search New $43,300   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Limited 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $43,300   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Limited 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Search New $43,300   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Sport 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Sport Search New $43,500   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Platinum 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum Search New $52,600   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Platinum 2016 Ford Explorer SUV Platinum Search New $52,970   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The base V6 can accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 8.5 seconds, which is adequate but hardly neck-snapping; sometimes it feels like it limps up to speed. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four costs $995 more, and in addition to getting two more miles per gallon, it’s gutsy, less peaky, and more responsive, and sharper in acceleration than the V6; it should be, with tremendous torque of 310 pound-feet. The turbo four just feels like a better fit with the driving feel of the Explorer.

The 2.3-liter engine is new, replacing the previous 2.0-liter, adding 40 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque, to now bring 380 hp and 310 lb-ft. It’s also used in the Mustang and Lincoln MKC. It has a throaty sound that can be heard and enjoyed in the cabin. With the 6-speed transmission in Sport mode, it pulls out of corners with confidence.

The beast among the engine options, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with its 365 hp and 350 lb-ft, comes standard in Platinum and Sport models. It bursts from 0 to 60 in about 6.5 seconds; that still isn’t with the fast sport sedans, but it has a lot of weight to carry. The Sport also gets quicker steering, 20-inch wheels and tires, bigger brakes, a front strut tower brace, and stiffer stabilizer bar. Unfortunately, no paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic.

Remember Ford’s high-performance SHO models? The Explorer Sport is as close to an Explorer SHO as you can get.

Although paddle shifters aren’t available, one good thing about the six-speed automatic is that it will stay in the gear you tell it to, in manual mode and shifting with the lever on the center console. However the speed of the shifts is lax.

The changes in the electric power steering for 2016 vary according to models. In the base front-wheel drive it feels nimble and natural, almost like the smaller Ford Edge SUV. It carves into corners with zeal.

Explorers uses MacPherson struts with an isolated subframe in front, and independent multi-links in rear, with stabilizer bars at both ends. The changes in the suspension for 2016 also vary according to models. The damping is still firm, and the overall ride and handling with 4WD approaches the standards of a sport wagon; and that’s saying something, with a vehicle as tall as the Explorer. We can’t think of an SUV other than the Jeep Grand Cherokee that handles like this. Nothing from Chevy, Honda, Toyota or Nissan can match the Explorer’s road manners.

Because it is a crossover on a car chassis, the Explorer can’t match the Grand Cherokee on trails. Still, a Terrain Management system controls stability and enhances traction through it modes: Normal, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Snow. So the Explorer meets the needs of most SUV drivers; it can get seven people to just about any remote ski resort or fishing cabin.

Walk Around

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The Explorer’s body looks more smoothly finished than ever, with clean edges and an overall soft appearance, even with sharp corners. All the sheetmetal has been changed except for the sides, although the rear pillars are reshaped. The mesh grille is higher and more defined, while the LED headlamps have a chunky look to them. There’s a new spoiler at the rear, and exhaust tips integrated into the fascia.

Even two feet longer and way thicker, it’s still an Explorer. The tall body, generous glass, ad three-bar grille distinguish it, as much as its outline.

Interior Overview

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There are finally real buttons on the instrument panel, replacing some of the problematic MyFord Touch buttons. It’s quieter inside thanks to tighter door seals, new engine mounts, and acoustic glass in all models except base.

The Explorer is designed for families, and for passenger space. The first- and second-row seats are among the most comfortable in the class, although the second row is low to the floor; and the third row is usable by adults. The armrests are high and soft. Power-folding seats are available.

Summary

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The Explorer is smoother looking than ever, and offers a state-of-the art four cylinder engine that makes plenty of power and gets 22 mpg, a smooth six-speed transmission, and the best handling in its class.

Model Lineup

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The 2016 Ford Explorer comes in base ($30,700), XLT ($33,400), Limited ($41,300), Sport ($43,300), and new Platinum ($52,600) trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard on base, XLT and Limited; four-wheel drive is available for about $2000. (All prices are MSRP.)

The standard Explorer is well equipped, including a rearview camera (with washer) and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. XLT adds heavy-duty brake calipers, fog lamps, and other things; Limited gets the luxury like perforated leather, heated and cooled front seats, hands-free liftgate, and rosewood trim.

Sport and Platinum models both come with the 365-hp V6 and 4WD. Sport models get a firmer suspension, dual exhaust tips, and leather with red stitching. Also a tow package. Way cool for the races. Platinum models get soft Nirvana leather, heated wood steering wheel, premium Sony sound system, and a big moonroof.

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