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2013 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

4.2
Average based on 59 reviews
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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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2013 Explorer Limited, Great Vehichle

by from Friendswood, TX on December 2, 2013

After having an Explorer, (1992) many years ago, we were excited to see how the newer version had changed. We are quite impressed with the offering. Comfort is exceptional, much more interior room tha...
After having an Explorer, (1992) many years ago, we were excited to see how the newer version had changed. We are quite impressed with the offering. Comfort is exceptional, much more interior room than we expected. By contrast, we had rented a GMC Terrain just prior to our purchase and the difference was striking. We got the Limited 302A package which added lots of electronic bells and whistles, some of which we are still learning. We like the exterior styling as the vehicle has a wide, aggressive look, 20" wheels and less chrome. We did get the 3.5L V6 (not the EcoBoost) but are pleased with the 290 HP. I plan to tow a trailer so the 5000lbs of towing capacity is welcome. Our first tank of gas averaged 19.3 MPG in town. Impressive for a heavy vehicle with this much room. Can't comment on reliability, but we are hoping for many good years.
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My Ford Touch/ Sync BIG issues

by from Grand Blanc, MI on September 27, 2012

The car itself is lovely BUT if you want the MyFord Touch/ Sync system to actually work then don't buy this car. The system started playing up 3 days after we got it, in the 4 months we have had it it...
The car itself is lovely BUT if you want the MyFord Touch/ Sync system to actually work then don't buy this car. The system started playing up 3 days after we got it, in the 4 months we have had it it has been back to the garage 8 times and it is still not fixed. It freezes constantly, won't connect, the navigation works only some times - Fords solution for that they would buy us a Garmin! We are paying $$$ for a car where one of the main features doesn't work, we have been in constant communication with Ford and they refuse to do anything.
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Does not recommend this car

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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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My 2013 Explorer

by from Hammond, LA on May 28, 2013

Great SUV except for My Ford Sync and Voice Nav. One of the main reasons I bought this vehicle was the the awesome technology and all I have had problems with is the My Ford Sync and voice command cap...
Great SUV except for My Ford Sync and Voice Nav. One of the main reasons I bought this vehicle was the the awesome technology and all I have had problems with is the My Ford Sync and voice command capability. Had to bring it in soon after I bought it to have it fixed and was told there won't be a fix ready for the "crazy" clock until August. Also, the gas mileage on my 6 cyl. is nowhere near the 20 mile per gallon average that is advertised. Should have bought the 4 Cyl. I guess. I'm getting an average of 17.6 right now. Otherwise I've had no problems. I love the way it drives, handles and most of all how it looks. Ford has some work to do to get me happy again.
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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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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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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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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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2013 Ford Explorer Limited has it all

by from Lake Villa, Illinois on June 28, 2013

Beautiful tuxedo black metallic just glimmers in the sunlight. This vehicle has it all and more. It drives like a car, is super quiet and smooth. I read consumer reports somewhat negative review of th...
Beautiful tuxedo black metallic just glimmers in the sunlight. This vehicle has it all and more. It drives like a car, is super quiet and smooth. I read consumer reports somewhat negative review of the Explorer and have to say they got it wrong. I looked at all the SUV's in this class and trim level. The Explorer had the most room including the 3rd row and behind the 3rd row. The power folding 2nd row seats and power fold-away 3rd row seats are incredible and make it a breeze to load cargo or 7 passengers. It has very modern styling and looks very sharp. The big screen control center and navi are very cool. The double panel moonroof really brightens up the interior when you want it to. Mileage so far is between 18-20 mpg city. I have no complaints about this vehicle at all. Give it a close look, you won't regret it.
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