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Today's Deal - Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer SUVs for sale near you

What Edmunds Says

A high-end cabin, long list of advanced features and improved fuel economy should make the 2016 Ford Explorer a top candidate among large crossover SUVs.

Pros

Reduced mass should mean better fuel economy and improved handling; abundant high-tech features and comfortable ride will likely carry over, along with three-row seating arrangement.

Cons

Current model feels big behind the wheel; turbocharged engines aren't as fuel-efficient as their sizes indicate.

Available Explorer Models

Base

  • 3.5L V6 engine 
  • Automatic transmission 
  • Navigation System 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Side/Curtain Airbags 
  • Stability Control 
  • Third row seats 
  • Traction Control 

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2016 Ford Explorer SUV

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What's New for 2016

The redesigned 2016 Ford Explorer will show subtle exterior changes, but more significant powertrain and chassis upgrades are likely.

Introduction

The modern SUV has many fathers, the Chevrolet Suburban and Jeep Cherokee among them, but the Ford Explorer can take credit for making these new American station wagons mainstream throughout the '90s. Nearly 25 years later, the 2016 Ford Explorer will remain an essential part of any family SUV search.

The 2016 Explorer won't likely look much different from the current model and should continue to offer seven-passenger seating. Photos of recent Explorer prototypes suggest a stronger, squarer front end with narrow headlamps, a wide-slatted grille and more angular LED taillamps. The current 3.5-liter V6 base engine should carry over, with added tweaks for improved efficiency (the current V6 makes 290 horsepower and returns 20 mpg combined).

Another possible engine option is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost model slated for the forthcoming F-150, while a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder -- the same engine intended as a choice for the new Mustang -- will likely replace the current 2.0-liter version. A six-speed automatic transmission should come standard, along with front- and all-wheel-drive options.

The Explorer will almost certainly use aluminum in its body panels to help reduce overall weight. Ford used the expensive, lightweight metal to shed around 700 pounds from the forthcoming F-150 pickup. The Explorer won't lose that much mass, but even 200 or 300 fewer pounds should help deliver impressive gains at the pump.

The current Explorer starts at around $31,000, making it a solid value among seven-passenger SUVs. But it offers less rear seat and cargo room than rivals like the Chevrolet Traverse or Dodge Durango, and fuel economy is just average. If you can wait for the redesigned 2016 Ford Explorer, you can expect better mileage and possibly added interior room.

Look for the new Ford Explorer to debut in early 2015 and go on sale by spring as a 2016 model. Check back for a full review, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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