2013 Ford Explorer Review

Saturday September 22nd, 2012 at 11:99 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Ford Explorer Limited

Verdict

In many senses, the new Explorer is a definite improvement over the old model. Gone is the unrefined interior and clunky looking exterior, and just cruising around on the freeway you feel more like you’re in a luxury car than a large SUV. It’s when you actually try to push the Explorer, whether on or off-road, that memories of the under-performing old model come flooding back, which is really too bad.

Our fully loaded test car stickered at over $46k, which is a fairly lofty figure, but isn’t excessive given the level of equipment and technology. A base model Explorer can be had for under $30k, which is actually a good proposition for folks needing a larger vehicle who don’t mind that it doesn’t have all the fancy goodies.

Unlike 10 years ago, the competition in this segment is now very tough and there are quite a few excellent models to choose from. Given its good looks and name plate recognition, the Explorer should be a popular model for Ford, although we doubt it’ll fly off the shelves at the same rate that it used to.

BUILD INTERIOR PERFORMANCE HANDLING STYLING VALUE OVERALL
RATING 4.5 4.5 3.0 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.0/B

 

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