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2013 Ford Explorer Limited Reviews

Posted May 11th 2012 9:16AM


2013 Ford Explorer Limited comes accepted with a 3.5-liter V6 engine.

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The added duke bazaar for action account cars in the United States is captivation up, admitting top prices at the pump, industry analysts say. The 2013 Ford Explorer Limited receives some new appearance this year. The ambrosial Explorer wills admission at the 2012 New York Auto Show. All Explorers accept a new front-passenger knee airbag, while an acrimonious council wheel, an ability tilt-and-telescoping council cavalcade and lane-departure admonishing with lane-keep abetment are offered for the 2013 Ford Explorer Limited trim level. Some of the “beefing” Widmann mentions include anatomy bracing, a solid-mount electric ability council system, and an upgraded abeyance and brakes – all to bigger handle the Explorer Sport’s college performance.

The 2013 Ford Explorer Limited comes accepted with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automated manual and front-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive (there is no low-range gearing) is alternative and includes Ford’s Terrain Management System, a selectable four-mode arrangement that optimizes absorption electronically for altered altitude – it’s the engine acclimated in the Taurus SHO. The crossover aswell gets SHO-like exoteric and anatomy upgrades. Ford says the twin-turbo motor produces “at least” 350 hp in the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport; we’d action that final achievement will be about abreast the 365 horses of the 2013 Taurus SHO.

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Either way, the Explorer Sport’s motor will calmly outmuscle either of the Explorer’s accepted engines, a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four and 290-hp, 3.5-liter V6. The added ability brings a slight fuel-economy amends against the added models, although the cede isn’t great: Ford predicts the Action will be rated at 16 mpg in the city-limits and 22 on the highway, a bead of 1 mpg on both cycles from the AWD V-6 Explorer. If you’re curious, 0-60 mph happened in 9.2 seconds. On the ablaze side, that’s half-a-second quicker than a Fiat 500. The little 101-hp Italian closes the gap in the quarter-mile, accomplishing so in 17.2 abnormal compared with the 2.0-liter Explorer’s 16.9. We’ve delivered an SUV that delivers abundant dynamics and achievement – while towing up to 5,000 pounds.

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The 2013 Ford Explorer Limited absorbing berth appearance accomplished build/materials superior aural an attractive, flush design. The birr feels bendable to the touch, the switchgear operates with attention (or is touch-operated with the alternative MyFord Touch) and the all-embracing attending is absolutely rich. As such, the account of accepted accessories is extensive: dual-zone automated altitude control, acrimonious ability foreground seats, an advancement camera, the MyFord Blow infotainment system, and a 12-speaker Sony audio setup. A dual-pane sunroof, 110-volt electrical outlet, power-adjustable pedals, ability liftgate, power-folding mirrors, keyless admission with pushbutton start, and a Class III towing amalgamation are accessible add-ons. The 2013 Ford Explorer Limited Action can aswell be optioned with Ford’s Active Park Abetment self-parking system, blind-spot ecology and cross-traffic alert, and inflatable rear seatbelt airbags.

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And don’t be quick to abolish the abstraction of a turbo-4 powering this none-too-small SUV. It may not be as quick as the V6, but in practice, the EcoBoost engine provides bland response, added than able dispatch for circadian use and, of course, bigger ammunition breadth than you’d get with the V6. Ford has yet to advertise pricing, but we apprehend it wills acme the $40,680 appropriate for an all-wheel-drive 2013 Ford Explorer Limited.

2012 Ford Explorer Limited Specification:

Base Price $28,995
Price as Tested $42,305
Vehicle Layout Front engine, FWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo DOHC 4-valve I-4
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb Weight (F/R Dist) 4512 lb (54/46%)
Wheelbase 112.6 in
CO2 Emissions 0.85 lb/mile
Energy Consumption, City/Hwy 169/120 kW-hrs/100 miles
Epa City/Hwy Fuel Econ 20/28 mpg
MT Observed Fuel Econ 19.9 mpg
MT Figure Eight 29.2 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)
Lateral Acceleration 0.81 g (avg)
Length X Width X Height 197.1 x 78.9 x 70.4 in
0-60 MPH 9.2 sec
Quarter Mile 16.9 sec @ 82.9 mph
Braking, 60-0 Mph 130 ft

2013 Ford Explorer Sport following options:

Active park assist Remote Start
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert Intelligent access with Push-Button Start
Inflatable rear seat belts Adjustable pedals with memory
110-volt outlet Dual-panel moonroof
PowerFold mirrors Power liftgate
Class III trailer-towing package

2013 Ford Explorer Sport features includes:

4WD with Terrain Management System First-row heated seats
Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control 10-way power driver’s seat with power recline and lumbar
Six-way power passenger seat with recline and lumbar Sony® Premium Audio System with HD Radio™ and 12 speakers
Compass and exterior temperature display SYNC® with MyFord Touch® driver connect technology
Rear view camera

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