2011 Ford Explorer Values

Undergoing a massive visual and mechanical makeover, the Ford Explorer departs the truck-based construction for a more modern crossover vehicle frame. Sold in a base, XLT and Limited, the Ford Explorer varies in premium ranges. Superiorly powered by the 3.5 liter V-6 forcing out 290 horsepower and 255 pounds-feet of torque, the Explorer is either front-wheel drive or could be equipped with optional four-wheel drive. A budget-minded EcoBoost in-line four engine, Explorer is also available as front-wheel drive only. Both engines are mated with 6-speed automatic transmissions. Fuel economy for 3.5 liter V-6 is 17 city/25 highway while the four-cylinder engine will be approximately a 1 mile per gallon improvement. Standard interior convenience on the base Explorer includes power windows, power locks and four 12-volt power outlets seeking to indulge the cabin occupants. Optional 7-seat capacity, dual-panel moonroof and available Ford SYNC can be equipped. This premium-grade family hauler standard safety features includes Ford's MyKey, front row and side-impact airbags and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.

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The Explorer has been on the mid-sized SUV scene for nearly two full decades and has come to define the segment. The Explorer gets a thorough revision for 2011, with more fuel-efficient engines, a weight-saving design, the addition of advanced safety systems and a strong slate of technology equipment. A new V6 engine is expected to deliver 20 percent better fuel economy than the 2010 model, and the available EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine should do 30 percent better. The exterior facelift the Explorer received isn't all for looks, it also improved aerodynamics to assist in lowering the gas mileage. The overall quality of the Explorer has been improved this year, visible in details like tight margin gaps. Engineers also worked to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness in the cabin to produce the quietest Explorer yet.

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Updated engines deliver better fuel economy; segment-leading safety innovations; Ford's SYNC system

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While improving the quality, fuel economy, safety, and technology of the Explorer, Ford didn't forget that this is one of the company's best-selling SUVs. New this year is an intelligent 4-whel drive system that allows the driver to select for driving conditions, and it can tow up to 5000 pounds. The price has dropped for the 2011 Explorer-- its base price is $1000 less expensive than a similarly equipped 2010 edition.

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