Explorer is second largest SUV crossover in Ford’s lineup, but features borderline luxury style. 2016 Ford Explorer is significantly updated as mid-cycle refresh brought changes to its bodywork and powertrain lineup as well.
Styling – Changes and New design
Explorer has a new grille with hexagonal mesh bound in chrome. Headlights are now more rectangular and bumper looks sturdier than before. Profile features slightly pronounced fenders and SUV-faithful C-pillars. Out back, somewhat vertical tail-lights feature an Explorer-branded chrome garnish between them, while rear bumper also has some chrome to it, together with rectangular exhaust pipes.
The seven-seater is spacious enough, but the second row seems a little bit low. As before, leather seating surfaces start from the XLT model, but only as an option, while entry-level models get the fabric cloth seats. They also get only metallic accents, while Limited grade offers some wood ones too which are also present in Sport models as well. Final couple of grades get perforated leather seats, either as standard options or as optional upgrades. 4.2-inch touch screen display is standard on all but entry-level models, while 8-inch upgrade with navigation is also available with mentioned trims.
Base Explorer gets basic 6-speaker sound system with small display, while top trim levels benefit from Sony’s 12-speaker sound system with 390 watts of power. Dual-panel moonroof is an optional feature, while media hub with two USB ports, SD card reader and auxiliary input jack is optional on XLT models and standard onwards.
Under the Hood
Base, XLT, Limited and Sport models are here still, but new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine from this year’s Mustang joins the lineup. It is now the optional engine in all, but the Sport models and delivers 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, a solid upgrade over older 2.0L engine. Otherwise, 3.5L V6 engine is carried over and still represents base option in base, XLT and Limited trims while making 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Top of the line is reserved for 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with as much as 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, while all models get the same 6-speed automatic transmission and, from now on a choice between front and all-wheel drive with all but top powertrain option.
Safety and MPG
Rearview camera is offered the same way, together with blind spot information display and cross-traffic alerts. Adaptive cruise control with brake support is only optional with Sport models, while all mandatory airbags, stability and traction control, and anti-lock brake system are standard across the lineup.
Without the most fuel-efficient powertrain, some people wonder if 2016 Ford Explorer can retain its class leading figures in fuel efficiency. 2.3L ecobooster might not offer 20/28 mpg ratings, but won’t be that far off either. Base engine is still rated at 17/24 or 17/23 mpg with front or all-wheel drive respectively, while Sport model’s ecobooster returns the figures of 16/22 mpg.
2016 Ford Explorer Price
Prices probably won’t change much and Explorers will be available for the figures between $31,000 and $44,000. Selling of this car will start next year.
2016 Ford Explorer has gotten a fresh new look and one larger powertrain option to go with it. Otherwise, it is the same vehicle with lots of space in three rows of seats and luxurious interior on higher grades which are both great recommendations for large families.