2011 Ford Explorer Priced at $28,190

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: 

Base: $28,190 

  • 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers 
  • Seven-passenger seating 
  • Cloth seats 
  • Six-speaker audio system with 4.2-inch LCD screen 


  • Trailer Tow Package, Class III 

XLT: $31,190


  • 18-inch aluminum wheels 
  • Single-zone automatic climate control 
  • Satellite radio
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob 
  • Reverse sensing system 
  • Automatic headlamps 
  • Security system 

Options Package 1: $1,750 

  • Sync and MyFord Touch 
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror 
  • Eight-speaker audio system 
  • Rearview camera 
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control 
  • Leather trimmed seats ($750 add-on to Package 1) 

Limited: $37,190 

  • 20-inch aluminum wheels 
  • Leather upholstery 
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control 
  • Sony audio system 
  • Sync and MyFord Touch with three LCD screens 
  • Push-button start 
  • Rearview camera 
  • Ambient lighting 
  • Power-adjustable pedals 

Options Package 1: $2,000 

  • Power liftgate 
  • Power-folding third row 
  • Perforated-leather seats 
  • Heated and cooled front-row seats 
  • Voice-activated navigation system 

Package 2: $2,000 (needs Package 1) 

  • Park assist 
  • Rain-sensing wipers 
  • Adaptive cruise control with collision warning system 
  • Blind spot warning system 
  • High-intensity-discharge headlamps
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