For a long time, the Ford Explorer has been a staple in the SUV category. Most people can pick out an Explorer if they see it approaching from a few blocks away. But even though the Explorer has such noticeable lineage, it doesn't mean that the vehicle is incapable of innovation.
When Ford released the 2013 Explorer, many car enthusiasts took note. It proved to be that the next generation was a well-valued modern twist on Ford’s classic design.
2013 was the year when many Ford enthusiasts finally put the truck-like notions of the previous decade to rest. For this Explorer, less emphasis was placed on creating a hard-nosed, rugged appeal. Instead, the designers focused on family-friendly versatility, comfort, and style. Handling was better than ever, gas mileage improved, interior features increased — utility was not lost.
Standard engines of the 2013 Explorer come with a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft. of torque. This strikes a fine balance for those who enjoy the power and pull of previous Explorer iterations but still needed something to accommodate their growing family's needs. For the more gas-conscious driver, Ford also designed a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder model with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This option receives an EPA-estimated rating of 20/28 mpg city/highway. And for those that wanted the rugged, hard-nosed SUV of the past, Ford also offers an extreme twin-turbo V6 Sport trim which rates up to 350-horsepower.
Every trims’ interior is comfortable, spacious, and loaded with useful technology features. Some options found in pre-owned Explorers are things like power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; steering-wheel audio controls; an AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary jack; satellite radio; a sport-shift mode for the automatic transmission; and reverse parking sensors.
The Explorer also has immense capacity capabilities, with 81 cubic feet of cargo volume ready for drivers to take advantage of. Even with the seats still in place, the Explorer retains 21 cubic feet of cargo room for drivers to utilize in their daily lives.
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