Explorer-mania continues as Ford has posted pricing for the 2011 Ford Explorer on its retail site. The redesigned and re-engineered Explorer will start at $28,190. The destination fee is an additional $805.
The Explorer comes in base, XLT and Limited trims. Every Explorer comes standard with power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; cruise control; spotter mirrors; air conditioning with filtration system; LED taillamps; steering-wheel-mounted controls; and a bevy of safety features such as trailer-sway control, hill start assist and “Curve Control,” an aggressive stability control program.
All models come standard with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 237-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be an option on all trims. Front-wheel drive comes standard; an intelligent four-wheel-drive system is optional with the V-6. An optional inflatable second-row seat belt is also available, but there’s no word on pricing or availability.
In the marketplace, the new Explorer competes against the Chevy Traverse ($29,224), Honda Pilot ($28,045) and Mazda CX-9 ($28,805).
Below are the standard features and options for each model: