2013 Ford ExplorerChange Vehicle
Key Specs of the 2013 Ford Explorer
Explorer base trim shown
- Exhilarating performance in Explorer Sport
- Headroom in all rows
- Cargo room behind third row
- Four-cylinder gas mileage
- Crash-test ratings
- Poor reliability
- Onerous MyFord Touch controls
- Second-row legroom
- Third-row access
- Thick A-pillars limit sight lines
- New 365-hp Explorer Sport
- Turbo four-cylinder or choice of V-6s
- Seats six or seven
- Optional inflatable rear seat belts
- Available Terrain Management System
If only for the sheer fun of barreling down the road in a turbocharged V-6 SUV, the Ford Explorer Sport brings welcome fun to the Explorer nameplate for 2013. The new Sport trim level adds the third and most powerful engine to the Explorer lineup, which helps it hustle past other three-row SUVs — even the few that still offer V-8s. It returns respectable EPA gas mileage and improves on lesser Explorers' mediocre handling. The Sport does for the Explorer what hot sauce does for wings.
Though its range of efficient engines is unmatched among SUVs, lingering issues diminish the 2013 Ford Explorer's appeal.
Those shortcomings had the SUV in a tie for last place in our $37,000 SUV Shootout last year (see the results), and while this year's updates address some of them, they ignore others.
The Explorer seats six or seven, depending on seating configuration, and comes in base, XLT, Limited and Sport trims. Compare them here. Besides the addition of the Sport, the 2013 Explorer also gets some updates to its optional MyFord Touch system; stack up the 2013 and 2012 Explorer here. The Sport comes with standard all-wheel drive while the others offer front- or all-wheel drive. Engines include a turbo four-cylinder, a normally aspirated V-6 and a turbo V-6; Ford markets both turbos under the EcoBoost moniker. We've tested all three.
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