2013 Ford Explorer

Starting MSRP: $29,100 - $40,780

Estimated MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy

2013 Ford Explorer Review

The 2013 Ford Explorer is a three-row midsize SUV and one of the best-known names in the segment. It offers three distinct engine choices, a brawny exterior design and a long list of available features.

With room for six or seven, the Ford Explorer is available in base, XLT and Limited trims, as well as a new Sport trim. A V6 engine is standard, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available on front-wheel drive models. The Explorer Sport comes standard with all-wheel drive, a turbocharged V6 engine and a sport-tuned suspension.

Along with the introduction of the Sport trim, changes for 2013 include a standard front passenger knee airbag on all models. The Limited trim gains newly available features, including a heated steering wheel, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist.

Exterior

Exterior

The Ford Explorer offers a muscular stance and features a three-slat horizontal grille, wraparound headlights, a sporty lower grille opening and powerful shoulders. The base model is fitted with 17-inch steel wheels, while 18- and 20-inch aluminum wheels are available.

This model is marked by a high beltline, a long roofline and roof rails. From the rear, a liftgate spoiler and chrome exhaust tips are present.

Interior

Interior

The 2013 Explorer supplies room for seven across three rows. Supportive bucket seats are in the first row, a 60/40-split folding seat is in the second row and a 50/50-split folding seat is in the third row. The Explorer offers 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 43.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 80.7 cubic feet behind the first row.

The base Explorer’s standard cloth seats give way to premium cloth or leather seats in higher trims. Power-adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, power-adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control are among the Explorer’s available upgrades.

Performance

Performance

The 2013 Explorer’s standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Sport models are powered by the same engine found in the Taurus SHO: a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine making 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available across the model line. The base Explorer gets an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway. Models with the four-cylinder engine get an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway.

Explorer models equipped with a Class III trailer tow package have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Technology

Technology

All 2013 Ford Explorer models are equipped with a 4.2-inch color LCD display in the instrument cluster and an auxiliary audio input jack. A six-speaker audio system with a CD player and MP3 capability is also included.

Available features include Ford’s voice-activated Sync system, one or two USB ports, Bluetooth and satellite radio. The MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch color display is also available, as well as a Sony 12-speaker audio system.

Beyond the standard safety features, the Explorer offers a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Inflatable safety belts for the second-row outboard seats are also offered.