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2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Ford Explorer

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Explorer surprised me

by from Austin on October 10, 2012

Pros: Looks, Leather, Mytouch, SYNC, Room, Elevated 3rd row seats, back up camera, smooth ride. Cons: Could use more power, large columns in back that create a blind spot. My wife and I were looking...
Pros: Looks, Leather, Mytouch, SYNC, Room, Elevated 3rd row seats, back up camera, smooth ride. Cons: Could use more power, large columns in back that create a blind spot. My wife and I were looking for a new car. After looking at vehicle after vehicle we found our Explorer. I swore I would never buy another American car about five years ago and Ford has made me eat my own words. For the price of foreign base models you can have a loaded XLT with mytouch, back up camera, leather, and SYNC. Turn by turn directons work great. The ride is one of the smoothest, even beat the highlander. We picked ours up for low $30k, which was much cheaper than the competition. Drove the Edge, but it was nothing like the Explorer. Check it out you won't be disappointed.
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Wife LOVES her 2013 Explorer, which make me happy.

by from Thompsons Station, TN on January 9, 2013

After considering a mid-sized car for efficiency, we decided that our life-style still required more room and flexibility. Safety, design, innovation, efficiency and quality topped our list. We also w...
After considering a mid-sized car for efficiency, we decided that our life-style still required more room and flexibility. Safety, design, innovation, efficiency and quality topped our list. We also whittled out government bailed out companies and automakers based in countries unfriendly to USA competition (Japan and South Korea). One may say we knocked out a lot of options. What is really important to you? We believe we still have the best product without compromising on our expectations and values. The safety features on this vehicle are numerous and operate seamlessly with little detection (like AdvanceTrac and traction control). I think the automotive press may consist of too many low tech capable reviewers - the SYNC, radio, comfort controls and navigation are quite simplistic to control and operate well. We are still enjoying the discoveries of what this SYNC system is capable of performing. With this 7-seat vehicle, we are now able to participate in baseball and youth group car pools. The kids love to ride in the Explorer versus the other low-tech beheamoths and dreaded mini-vans. There are plenty of power outlets for the game devices and enough cup-holders to limit thirst and messes. Perhaps the best value is the XLT model with the Driver Connect Package and Comfort Package along with 20-inch wheels and Navigation. You get leather and just about everything else that comes in the Limited trimmed models for significantly less money. Both my wife and I are impressed with how our 3.5 liter V6 Explorer drives. It is easy to manuever and rides so smoothly. And again, it is just one of the safest, best looking and economical 7-passenger vehicles available to transport your family and friends. Drive one!
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Proud of myself

by from Fairfax, VA on December 13, 2012

This is my first ford, second American brand. I am proud and happy on my decision on buying explorer XLT. I've test drove Inifinity JX, Lexus GX-460, RX-350, Acura MDX, Honda Pilot, Audi Q7 (almost bo...
This is my first ford, second American brand. I am proud and happy on my decision on buying explorer XLT. I've test drove Inifinity JX, Lexus GX-460, RX-350, Acura MDX, Honda Pilot, Audi Q7 (almost bought it, but backed out because of dealer's attitude), GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and Explorer. It is great American SUV. I liked the exterior, nice leather interior (much better than Pilot). You truely get value for money. Drove 700 miles so far. Little concerned about mileage. I am getting about 16/17 in city (haven't driven on highway). but hey, I don't have to put premium gas as other SUVs that I test drove. Ford dealership was very friendly (Will never buy Audi in my life). Performance over the long run yet to be seen. I'll be ok though. Drive - Smooth drive, not much cabin noise, initially I felt front was too big, but now I am getting used to it. Drive is as comfortable as any Japanese and European SUVs. Exterior - Good looking exterior. Interior - Very good quality leather interior. Gizmos - It has right amount of electronic gizmos to play around with. Voice commands take some time to learn. Will get there. Overall, Ford has done excellent job in this SUV. No wonder they did not take the bail out money. :)
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Love it.

by from Dallas, TX on August 6, 2012

We bought our Explorer about a month ago and have love it. The ride is awesomely smooth with little road noise. The handling is very responsive. The MFT is great - make sure you get the Gen3 update th...
We bought our Explorer about a month ago and have love it. The ride is awesomely smooth with little road noise. The handling is very responsive. The MFT is great - make sure you get the Gen3 update though. Fuel mileage is really a plus considering we were driving an 2006 Expedition. Not 100% sure why they moved some of the items on the vehcile though. For example, the fuel tank is now on the right and the wideshield wiper controls are on the right of the steering wheel - minor inconviences. Great Vehcile.
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2013 Ford Explorer XLT Review

by from Dexter, MI on June 29, 2013

After owning nothing but GM and Volkswagen cars without any major issues (drove many of these cars over 200k miles without putting as much as a dime into them) for my entire life, I was won over by th...
After owning nothing but GM and Volkswagen cars without any major issues (drove many of these cars over 200k miles without putting as much as a dime into them) for my entire life, I was won over by the styling and technology of the new Ford Explorer. We made our purchase of a new 2013 Explorer XLT w/ the loaded option package. Within 6k miles and 6 months of ownership, the car started making a very noticeable creaking noise in the dash every time you turn the car or hit any slight bumps in the road. Within a few weeks of this creaking noise showing up, a wheel bearing went bad and the car started making a very bad growling noise when the car was in motion. They were able to fix the wheel bearing without any issues but they are still not able to find the cause of the creaking noise. The car has been in the shop for over 4 weeks now without any end in sight. They have removed interior trim, removed the windshield, broken and re-welded the A pillars, removed the entire dash to adjust welds in the firewall but still no luck. I've owned GM's and VW cars that cost 1/2 the price of this car and never had any issues like this. This was my first Ford vehicle and it will definitely be my last. I'll be filing for a lemon law refund since I do not want a "new" car that has had virtually every part of the inside of the car torn apart as well as two major "failures" within 6 months and 6k miles. Sorry Ford, the rumors of your improved quality are just that...rumors.
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First new car I have purchased.

by from Rochester, NY on March 17, 2013

I purchased this vehicle mainly for my wife. It is the style she, and I, wanted in a vehicle. As opposed to the Escape, size and ride wise. I will use it when I require 4 wheel drive for my work, as n...
I purchased this vehicle mainly for my wife. It is the style she, and I, wanted in a vehicle. As opposed to the Escape, size and ride wise. I will use it when I require 4 wheel drive for my work, as needed. The mileage is what was expected but will fullfill our needs. Average 19.5 mpg. We drove it on three trips immediately, within 6 days. 400, 600, and 1500 miles. No problems. The Myfordtouch is NOT complicated as to what some reviews say and I am not technical savy. Just get familar with it like anything else. She & I are very satisfied with this purchase and would recommend it. I have a Lincoln T. C. with 315000 miles and had another with 185000.
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Keeping Up With Tradition

by from Apex, NC on June 28, 2013

My family has owned an Explorer since they first came out and I couldn't be happier to own a 2013 edition. Ford continues to put quality into the Explorer brand and turns out SUV's that consumers wan...
My family has owned an Explorer since they first came out and I couldn't be happier to own a 2013 edition. Ford continues to put quality into the Explorer brand and turns out SUV's that consumers want because they listen to what people want in their vehicles. Couple that with a dedication to quality internals (parts, engines, exteriors, etc.) and you have a vehicle that stands the test of time. 3rd row seating, plenty of space (both leg and head), and loads of features to pick and choose from. Our family personally appreciates the XLT model because of it's "just over" basic features that make the vehicle feel durable for a family, yet with some creature comforts to make the ride enjoyable. Ford really pushed us over with the I-4 EcoBoost engine. We appreciate the fact that Ford looks at different options for fuel economy and comes up with gasoline engines that can produce hybrid results. Ford shows a dedication to innovation while maintaining a high quality of product. If you're looking for a vehicle that can seat 7 (even two adults in the 3rd row!), has great gas mileage, has a ton of features, and is backed by a reliable brand, look no further than the Ford Explorer.
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smoothest and most quiet ride I've driven

by from queens NY on September 4, 2012

The 2013 Ford Explorer is beyond my expectations. It was very well thought out. The ride is smooth the interior comfort is great. I would recomemd this car to all my friends.
The 2013 Ford Explorer is beyond my expectations. It was very well thought out. The ride is smooth the interior comfort is great. I would recomemd this car to all my friends.
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2013 Explorer Limited

by from Hollywood, FL on February 27, 2013

Best option in the $45K category, hands down the best price/performance. Best looking vehicle, Range Rover like look.
Best option in the $45K category, hands down the best price/performance. Best looking vehicle, Range Rover like look.
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Very happy with this explorer!

by from Indianapolis, IN on May 23, 2013

I've had my 2013 explorer for almost a year and I have been very happy with it! The mpg's are better than advertised and the ride is as smooth as any car I've owned. The interior is very well designed...
I've had my 2013 explorer for almost a year and I have been very happy with it! The mpg's are better than advertised and the ride is as smooth as any car I've owned. The interior is very well designed and makes traveling with kids easy! The only change I would make would have been to get the tow package. By far the best and most favorite vehicle I've ever owned.
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