INTRO: A bold shift toward better fuel economy makes the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer the fuel-sipping mid-size leader in the crossover SUV segment, while not sacrificing its standing as the definitive 7-passenger off-road capable vehicle.
FEATURES: With the 2011 Explorer, drivers can proceed with confidence on all terrains using Ford's new available Terrain Management System to easily monitor and adapt to differing road surface conditions. The system automatically adjusts engine, transmission and braking performance for pavement, mud, sand and snow using a simple dial-on-the-fly setting.
PERFORMANCE: For 2011, Ford offers a 3.5 liter V6 producing 290 horsepower as its standard Explorer engine. It can be mated to either the front wheels or all four wheels. A 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder EcoBoost engine will supply 237 horsepower to the front wheels when it becomes available in 2011. All models get a 6-speed automatic transmission.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING: Base MSRP for the 2011 Ford Explorer is $28,190. A four-wheel-drive Limited model starts at $39,190.
WARRANTY: The Explorer is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Rugged and responsible, the 2011 Ford Explorer turns a new leaf in fuel economy while yielding nothing to the outback.