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2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer
Available Price Range $12,433-$23,773 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-21 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Ford Explorer

Our Take

Sharing its new car-based platform with the Taurus sedan, the redesigned Ford Explorer moves squarely into the crossover realm, pitting it against competitors like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse.Fuel economy improves, thanks to a smaller V-6 and an available turbocharg... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Thick A-pillars limit sightlines
  • Third-row access
  • So-so cargo room
  • Towing capacity

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2011
  • New car-based platform
  • Available turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Available Terrain Management System
  • Three rows of seating standard


Our Expert Reviews

Ford started beating the drum for its "reinvented" 2011 Explorer more than a year ago. The company's latest and greatest SUV would have unibody construction, better driving dynamics, more economical engines, and be loaded with safety and entertainment technology.The new Explorer does accomplish all of that, though we wound up using it for the same mundane chores that became easier when F... Read full review for the 2011 Ford Explorer

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Consumer Reviews


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12k in 3 months

by High Miles Window Man from Carolina on May 6, 2011

Style, comfort and speed are what the new Explorer is all about. This is my third Explorer and it is the best yet- last two Explores had 195K and 152K and no problems. This car meets all expectations ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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