Used 2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer
List price range
$9,630 - $21,599

Pros

  • High-class interior quality
  • abundant high-tech features
  • nicely sorted ride and handling.

Cons

  • Less third-row and cargo room than rivals
  • feels big behind the wheel
  • MyFord Touch has some ergonomic foibles.

Used 2011 Ford Explorer for Sale

Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
124,212 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
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Est.Loan: $215/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
119,244 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Limited
Damas Auto
10 mi away
List$14,499
Est.Loan: $271/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
71,462 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Limited
(2)
Farrish Subaru
15.6 mi away
List$16,788
Est.Loan: $306/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
96,165 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Limited
List$15,000
Est.Loan: $273/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
184,870 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$9,630
Est.Loan: $180/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
138,208 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$11,700
Est.Loan: $219/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
114,883 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$14,494
Est.Loan: $271/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
97,050 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$16,583
Est.Loan: $302/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
96,814 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Base
(3)
Sheehy Honda
28.9 mi away
List$12,710
Est.Loan: $237/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
83,094 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Base
List$13,995
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
57,109 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Base
CarSmart
32.4 mi away
List$15,390
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
77,717 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Limited
Car Legends
36.8 mi away
List$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
108,737 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
(5)
A-1 Auto Sales
38.6 mi away
List$14,995
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
118,875 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$11,900
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
128,624 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$12,977
Est.Loan: $242/mo
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Dealer Notes
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Ford Explorer 2011 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
167,691 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Limited
(5)
H&M Auto Group
50.4 mi away
List$13,999
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
107,074 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Limited
List$15,595
Est.Loan: $284/mo
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Ford Explorer 2011 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
126,242 miles
Used 2011
Ford Explorer
Limited
List$14,475
Est.Loan: $270/mo
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Dealer Notes
After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112 Brand new on our lot we have an AMAZING, 2014 Ford Explorer Limited! This Explorer is black, sitting on alloy wheels with GREAT tread left, tinted windows for privacy, and is matched inside with a CLEAN black leather interior! Powered by an efficient 3.5L V6 motor, paired with a SMOOTH automatic transmission, and is equipped with an EXCELLENT 4WD system! LOADED with tons of great features, like the power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, heated AND cooled front seats, spacious 3rd row seating, back up camera and sensors, and that's only listing a few! Premium surround sound speaker system, with AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 playback capable, blue-tooth capable, built in auxiliary cord hook up, and even has built in navigation, ready for turn by turn directions! With so many great features, and so many more to see, you DO NOT want to miss out on a deal this great! So hurry and call, or stop by TODAY to schedule your test drive before you miss your chance to own this BEAUTIFUL, 2014 Ford Explorer Limited!

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to improved on-road dynamics, better fuel efficiency and a bigger, high-class cabin, the 2011 Ford Explorer looks as if it can recapture the SUV audience it lost.

vehicle overview

Chances are that in some point in your life you've either owned a Ford Explorer or knew somebody who did. For a stretch in the 1990s, it was like a modern-day Moses had trotted out of the Mall of America with an 11th commandment: "Thou shalt own a Ford Explorer." The things were everywhere.

But because of the Firestone tire/rollover debacle and changing consumer desires, Explorer sales oppressively trended downward for the past decade. So for this new decade, the 2011 Ford Explorer has been completely made over with the goal for buyers to warmly remember all the good times they had in the family Explorer back in '98, while correcting the issues that led them to buy something else since then.

To do so, Ford has replaced the Explorer's truck-related mechanicals with unibody construction similar to that of the Ford Flex. The upside is more carlike driving dynamics and safety; the downside is reduced maximum towing capacity. We don't remember too many of the country's bajillion Explorers hooked up to trailers back in '97, though, so we're thinking most folks won't see this as a problem. In terms of size, the new Explorer is nearly 4 inches longer in overall length and 5 inches wider. The standard 2011 Ford Explorer engine is a new 3.5-liter 290-horsepower V6 that's not only more fuel efficient than the old 292-hp V8 but also able to provide quicker acceleration.

Climb on board the new 2011 Ford Explorer and discover a cabin that is not only roomier, but also considerably more stylish and of higher quality. For good measure, Ford threw in all its latest technological goodies, including Sync, MyFord Touch and MyKey. On the safety front, the Explorer gains inflatable second-row seatbelt airbags (a first for the automotive industry), which promise to improve safety for smaller occupants.

Overall, the new 2011 Ford Explorer is much more in tune with what today's crossover shoppers are looking for. It drives well, gets good fuel economy for its class and still retains the versatility that made people like SUVs in the first place. But of course the Explorer isn't the only game in town and it's been reborn at the same time as some other hits of the '90s.

The 2011 Dodge Durango and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee are also fully redesigned and, like the Explorer, re-created for today with an impressive repertoire of talents. Others to consider include Ford's more passenger-friendly Flex, the more engaging to drive 2011 Mazda CX-9 and GM's far more spacious 2011 Buick Enclave, 2011 Chevy Traverse, and 2011 GMC Acadia triplets. They're all really quite desirable, so it just depends on how much space you need, what type of driving experience you prefer and how many high-tech features you desire.

trim levels & features

The 2011 Ford Explorer is a large crossover SUV available in base, XLT and Limited trim levels (nope, no more Eddie Bauer). Standard equipment includes 17-inch steel wheels, privacy glass, integrated blind spot mirrors, roof rails, cruise control, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, MyFord advanced trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The XLT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, foglamps, rear parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a keyless entry code pad and satellite radio (optional on base).

For the Explorer XLT, Ford offers the Rapid Spec Option Group 201A that adds a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system and the Driver Connect Package, which includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, MyFord Touch electronics controls, the Sync telephone and entertainment interface, a display screen, two USB ports and RCA video input jacks. The Rapid Spec 202A has the above equipment plus the Comfort package, which includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat with power-adjustable lumbar, and a six-way power passenger seat (manual recline).

The Limited includes the XLT's Rapid Spec items, plus 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, remote engine start, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. The Rapid Spec 301A package includes a power liftgate and a navigation system, along with the Luxury Seating package that adds an eight-way power passenger seat, ventilated front seats and a power-folding third-row seat. The Rapid Spec 302A package includes an automatic parallel-parking system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and brake support, a blind-spot warning system, xenon headlamps and automatic wipers.

Stand-alone options on the XLT and Limited include a dual-panel sunroof, the blind-spot warning system, the power liftgate, a tow package, second-row captain's chairs (Limited only), a rear-seat entertainment system, and the navigation system that includes real-time traffic, weather and other information.

performance & mpg

The 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive (there is no low-range gearing) is optional and includes Ford's Terrain Management System, a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction in different conditions. Hill descent control and hill start assist are also included.

In Edmunds testing, a 4WD Explorer went from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds -- average for the class. Ford-estimated fuel economy with two-wheel drive is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway -- also average for the class. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

safety

Every 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume. The Explorer's stability control system also includes Ford's Curve Control, which can reduce the vehicle's speed if it senses that it's travelling too fast for a particular corner.

Optional on the XLT and Limited are a blind-spot warning system (includes cross-traffic alert) and inflatable seatbelts (late availability) for second-row outboard passengers. The Limited can be equipped with collision warning and brake support.

In Edmunds brake testing, a 4WD Explorer came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet -- an average distance for the class.

driving

The 2011 Ford Explorer no longer drives like a truck and that's a great thing. Its structure feels rock-solid, it's well-damped over bumps and there's a confidence to the way it negotiates a corner. The responsive steering is another example of Ford knowing how to tune electric power steering (which improves fuel economy and allows for an automatic parking system).

The new Explorer may not have a V8, but its new V6 is quicker and more efficient, so only the few folks who used their Explorers to tow a boat may be disappointed.

interior

The 2011 Ford Explorer ushers in a new era of interior quality for not only the Explorer, but for the Ford brand entirely. The dash is soft to the touch, the switchgear operates with precision (or is touch-operated with the optional MyFord Touch) and the overall look is quite upscale. In fact, a loaded Explorer is nicer inside than just about every Lincoln.

We have mixed feelings about MyFord Touch, however, as those touch buttons can be difficult to identify at a glance and the corresponding touchscreen suffers from small button icons on a black background. The redundant steering wheel controls and speedometer-flanking LCD screens could also use a bit of fine-tuning. All together, it works better when stationary than when on the move.

The Explorer's cabin is more spacious than before, but it's not quite as roomy as those of the Dodge Durango, Ford Flex and especially the Chevy Traverse. Its 80 cubic feet of maximum cargo space is the smallest of the group and the third row is a bit cramped by comparison -- though it does accommodate children with ease. The driving position is spot-on for most drivers, though the Explorer's wide pillars and high dash make the car seem bigger when maneuvering through tight places.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2011 Ford Explorer.

More modern, versatile explorer
xeon, 4/1/2011
Explorer is now a tech lovers car, I find more things in it than all of the others combined. The ride quality is comfortable and you really don't feel like you are driving a big vehicle. I've always driven toyota/honda my life and this is the first time with Ford (or any American)Was in the market for a larger SUV. Wanted to check out Edge because I liked ints interior. After looking, we were talking about how cool it would be to have a car like toyota highlander with the interior of ford edge. Funny we found explorer the next day, its exactly that!
Buyer Beware, many problems
layhe, 10/8/2011
We picked up our 2011 Ford Explorer Limited about 3 months ago. I have never owned a vehicle with this many problems. It is in the dealer service department more often then it is at home. It is in my opinion a nice looking vehicle but that is the only thing it has going for it. We have had issues with the sync system, most of the features will quit working at some time. The radio will come on and off, the rain sensing wipers will turn on and off for no reason. The cruise control speeds up and slows down. The windshield has been replaced and the side mouldings twice now because of a whistling noise and the problem persists. The front axle seals have been replaced because they leaked.
Well-made and Stylish Car but Interior Design Issues
coerich1, 4/16/2011
We bought this car to replace an aging Suburban, and to downsize. We looked at the BMW X5, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Ford Edge. When we were at the Ford dealer we saw a good-looking SUV we didn't recognize, and when we walked up to it realized it was an Explorer. To us the car has European styling, except for the over-sized cowling on the front end which is definitely American. The engine acceleration is adequate, but won't blow you away. We kind of miss the more powerful feeling you get with most GM SUV power-trains.
Explorer
patrick66, 2/5/2013
The 2011 Explorer must have the worst electronics of any vehicle in history. I bought mine in April 2011. After a few weeks, the audio system was a mess. The speakers would cut out intermittently. It eventually got to the point that there was almost no sound on the left side. After a spending nearly a year of regular visits to the dealer, Ford finally replaced the wiring on the left side of the vehicle. but now the left side has muffled sound, and there is an occasional humming sound in the speakers on the right side. Now the dealer refuses to deal with the problem, and customer service at Ford says there is nothing they can do. Last Ford for me.
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2011 Ford Explorer Overview

The Used 2011 Ford Explorer is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2011 Ford Explorer?

Save up to $695 on one of 26 Used 2011 Ford Explorer for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $9,630 as of08/15/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2011 Ford Explorer trim styles:

  • The Used 2011 Ford Explorer XLT is priced between $9,630 and$16,583 with odometer readings between 97050 and184870 miles.
  • The Used 2011 Ford Explorer Limited is priced between $13,499 and$21,599 with odometer readings between 71462 and167691 miles.
  • The Used 2011 Ford Explorer Base is priced between $12,710 and$15,390 with odometer readings between 57109 and96814 miles.

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