2013 Ford Explorer
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Does it's job well!

by from Allentown, PA on May 15, 2016

I've owned this SUV for exactly 3 years. I still love it. I would buy it again tomorrow if I had to. It's a comfortable ride and handles well. Cons: Tight space for a driver over 6ft tall. I'm 6'3"...
I've owned this SUV for exactly 3 years. I still love it. I would buy it again tomorrow if I had to. It's a comfortable ride and handles well. Cons: Tight space for a driver over 6ft tall. I'm 6'3" and my R knee rubs against the center console. The driver's visibility is also limited on the car's flanks and sides by car design, but not a game changer. Also, the SUV doesn't have a lot of schwoop off the line. It tends to be sluggish and is sometimes frustrating when trying to pick up speed quickly and the transmission takes an extra second to downshift. I do wish the gas tank was larger, as I feel I'm making trips to the gas station often. I'm not spending more money, just more time filling up. Pros: The pros definitely outweigh the cons. It's a comfortable ride on the road with the chassis of the Taurus. However, unlike other vehicles that call themselves SUVs but are really road-cars with AWD, the Explorer still gets you to where you want to go in the elements. I've had my Explorer camping, in 33" of snow, in mud and loose debris. The intelligent 4WD responds to any traction issues. The Explorer "walks" on the snow and does a phenomenal job getting me to work (I don't have the luxury of calling off even if it's the apocalypse). I have yet to try it in sand at the beach. The interior is fairly spacious, and the cargo capacity behind the 2nd row is great. I have 3 kids (5, 3, and 1 y/o) who can all fit in the 2nd row with carseats if we go on a long trip, so we can load up toys, suitcases, pack-n-plays, strollers. Normally the kids sit in the 3rd row and have no problem getting into their carseats back there. There's carseat latches all over the place! The ride is fairly quiet and solid, which is added security for my wife's comfort. The exterior design is nice and easy to get into the vehicle. The ruby red outside gets it a lot of complements. The navigation system is fairly spot on and despite what the "expert reviews" say, I'm a fan of MyFordTouch. It's rarely malfunctional, and occasionally boggy, but it's very occasional, and resolves itself quickly. The sound quality on the base XLT model is so-so because there's only 6 speakers. Not a big deal. There's a fair amount of safety mechanisms we don't even know are present on the XLT 4WD model (i.e. always-active intelligent 4WD, curve management, etc). I've towed 3,000 lbs with this SUV and despite it struggling to maintain fast speeds uphill, it performed well overall with the weight. Overall, as a 31 y/o guy with a wife (who loves driving this) and 3 small kids, I did everything I could to avoid getting the inevitable van. The Explorer meets my needs, is safe, solid, and I would do it all over again.
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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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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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Love it but gas mileage and range suck

by from Fishers, IN on February 19, 2015

Reluctantly traded my 2014 Range Rover Sport which was BEST car I've ever owned. Better than any of the BMWs or GMC Denalis or Suburbans I've owned. Needed to save money but still have a sporty look a...
Reluctantly traded my 2014 Range Rover Sport which was BEST car I've ever owned. Better than any of the BMWs or GMC Denalis or Suburbans I've owned. Needed to save money but still have a sporty look and feel. Really like the Explorer BUT the gas tank is WAY undersized and am only getting about 15 MPG on the Sport. Hate having to fill up every 225 miles. Love the power. This is actually faster than the RR Sport. Also like the My Sync/control center. It's intuitive and easy to use. Also like the roomier 3rd row seat. Overall, for half the money of my RR Sport, it's a great SUV.
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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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My second explorer

by from Jefferson Hills, Pa. on June 25, 2014

I recently purchased a 2013 Ford Explorer and I am very pleased with it. For 15 years I drove a 1998 explorer and I was always so happy with it. I am a Ford Lady for sure, and I hope this newer explor...
I recently purchased a 2013 Ford Explorer and I am very pleased with it. For 15 years I drove a 1998 explorer and I was always so happy with it. I am a Ford Lady for sure, and I hope this newer explorer gives me years of enjoyment. Not the best in gas mileage, and I will never use the third seat, but for the money, I received a quality vehicle that makes me feel safe.
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2013 Ford Explorer

by from Lincoln, NE on March 21, 2016

Just bought the vehicle recently. Really not alot for me to say. Drivers compartment is tight and I am an average sized person. The seat has alot of adjusting, so you can make it comfortable for about...
Just bought the vehicle recently. Really not alot for me to say. Drivers compartment is tight and I am an average sized person. The seat has alot of adjusting, so you can make it comfortable for about anyone. Drives nicely. Have not had a chance to drive it on the snow yet, so unsure how the 4WD works. The touch screen is awesome. Makes it easy to control the functions of the vehicle. Easy to learn. Would have to agree on a review I read. The fuel tank is small, have to refill often. So far I like the vehicle.
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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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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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No driver leg room !

by from Walt Sweeney 's West Hills Ford, Cinciinati, Oh on August 25, 2014

I bought this Explorer in Feb. of 2014. It looks very nice on the outside... However after driving the SUV for a week I noticed how badly my right leg was cramping...The way the center console is made...
I bought this Explorer in Feb. of 2014. It looks very nice on the outside... However after driving the SUV for a week I noticed how badly my right leg was cramping...The way the center console is made, it really cuts out a lot of legroom for the driver. I'm 6 feet tall and not very happy with this SUV.. I will be trading it in on something more confortable in the near future. If you're a small person you may really like this car, but if you have long legs you may want to think about this model.
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