|Reviewed By||Jeff Stites|
|Price as Tested||$46,740: 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, Terrain Management System|
Exterior styling has come of age for a model that’s been around for quite a while, even if reminiscent of current Range Rovers. As a current owner of an older Explorer Sport, I like how this model has improved. Great to look at with improved exterior styling cues and an interior that has all the amenities that I’ve grown accustomed to, such as NAV, blind-spot monitoring, heated mirrors, heated and air-conditioned seats and more. The 390-watt Sony sound system offered up great sounds and features, but I admittedly lowered it down a bit from time to time to hear the slight grunt of the twin-turbo V6.
There’s not a lot to dislike about the new Explorer Sport, but one big thing is torque-steer. I encountered it while accelerating to get around another vehicle, which surprised me—just a little. On the smaller side, I found the front door panel distance from the driver’s seat a bit too far. I like to prop my elbow against it on somewhat-aggressive right turn corning. But the positive to that is it makes the cabin feel even more expansive, so I doubt my grumblings will make many waves over at Ford.
Overall, I like the new Explorer and I’d want to put one in my garage. Add a moon roof and I’d be even happier. Just set the interior lighting color to your current mood and off you go.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|Horsepower||365 @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||350 @ 3,500 rpm|
|EPA Mileage||26 city/22 hwy|
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