New 2011 Ford Explorer

The once mega-popular SUV that started it all has been redesigned in every way in the hopes of a powerful resurgence. A new platform, interior, exterior, engines and enhanced fuel economy highlight now the 2011 Ford Explorer has evolved. In hopes of delivering a successful three-row crossover, Ford has gutted its best-selling seven-seat SUV, the Explorer. The result is a very good crossover that looks and even feels a bit like an SUV.

The new 2011 Ford Explorer will undoubtedly please SUV fans but it might leave families flat, thanks to a tight second row and high step-in height.

The new 2011 Ford Explorer is a large crossover SUV available in base ($28.360 starting MSRP), XLT ($31.520 starting MSRP) and Limited ($ 37535 MSRP) trim levels. Standard equipment of 2011 Ford Explorer includes 17-inch steel wheels, privacy glass, integrated blind spot mirrors, roofs rails, cruise control, a six-way power driver seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, MyFord advanced trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD-player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The XLT model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, rear parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a keyless entry code pad and satellite radio.

For the new 2011 Explorer XLT, Ford offers the Rapid Spec Option Group 201A that adds a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and the Driver Connect Package.

The Limited includes the XLT’s Rapid Spec item plus 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio.

The 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5 liter V6 engines that produces 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive is optional and includes Ford’s Terrain Management system, a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction in different conditions. Estimated MPG is 17 city/23 highway. A new high-tech 2.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylindr engine will be disponible soon. This intercooled I4 engine delivers a projected 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.

The new 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume. The Explorer’s stability control system also includes Ford’s curve control, which can reduce the vehicle’s speed if it senses that it’s travelling too fast for a particular corner.

The Explorer is the third Ford product (following the Edge and the Lincoln) to offer the company’s new touch-screen infotainment system. Called MyFord Touch, it integrates navigation, audio, climate and phone function into an eight-inch touch screen while reducing the number of physical controls.

Seating for seven is standard with an option for center bucket seats that reduce capacity to six passenger.

After drive-test with 2011 Ford Explorer, the autoblog says:

There may have been a lot of arched eyebrows leading up to the 2011 Explorer, but after driving it, the only looks of surprise are likely to be accompanied by feelings of delight.


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