2013 Ford Explorer
The 2015 Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV thatâs available in four trim levels: base, XLT, Limited and Sport.
The Explorer comes standard with front-wheel drive with four-wheel drive as an option. A 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower is standard, as is a six-speed automatic transmission. Of note is that the 4WD system does not include low-range gearing, but offers a Terrain Management System for optimization of different driving conditions. The Explorer Sport trim has a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 365 horsepower. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also available on front-wheel drive models, producing 240 horsepower. These latter two engines also utilize a six-speed automatic transmission.
The base 2015 Ford Explorer is EPA-rated at 20 mpg combined, with 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The four-wheel drive model with the base engine returns 19 mpg combined (17/23 mpg city/highway). The Explorer Sport receives an EPA rating of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter model returns EPA estimates of 23 mpg combined (20/28 mpg city/highway).
The 2013 Explorer includes seating for up to seven. The Sport model does not include a third row option. Cargo space is a total of 80 cubic feet with all passenger rows folded. Standard features include privacy glass, integrated blind spot mirrors and six-speaker audio with an auxiliary jack.
Notable optional equipment includes a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry with door pillar code pad, Fordâs voice-activated Sync system, power-folding third-row seating, a parallel parking assist system and a suite of safety equipment such as lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning.