2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Ford Explorer - Road Test Specs

2011 Ford Explorer SUV

(3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
ModelExplorer Limited
Style4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$39,995
Options on test vehicleRed Candy Metallic paint ($395), Rapid Spec 302A ($4,810 -- includes power-folding third-row seats; perforated leather-trimmed seats; multilevel heated/cooled front seats; eight-way power front passenger seat with power lumbar support adjustment; voice-activated navigation system with in-dash touchscreen, SD card slot for map and POI [point of interest] storage and integrated Sirius Travel Link with real-time traffic and 6-month prepaid subscription [not available in Alaska or Hawaii]; power liftgate; Active Park Assist; Adaptive Cruise Control and collision warning with brake support and head-up display; rain-sensing front wipers; BLIS [Blind Spot Information System] with Cross Traffic Alert; HID [high-intensity-discharge] headlamps); Rapid Spec 302A Package Discount Credit (-$810).
As-tested MSRP$45,985


Drive typeFour-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,497cc (213 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)290 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)255 @ 4,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and manual mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.484; II = 2.872; III = 1.842; IV = 1.414; V = 1.000; VI = 0.742; R = 2.882; FD = 3.39


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbones, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs
Steering typeElectric-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.8
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelOptimo H426
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP255/50R20 104H
Tire size, rearP255/50R20 104H
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, frontVentilated disc with two-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rearVentilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 86.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.5
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsFairly uneventful and unexpectedly consistent runs. It didn't matter whether traction control was on or off, or if I used a little or a lot of pedal overlap. Engine sounds a little thrashy in upper revs. Upshifts are quick with a bit of harshness.
Braking commentsFirst stop was shortest, with the third stop 6 feet farther -- but held constant thereafter. Moderate dive, medium-firm pedal that remained so throughout. No drama, no anomalies, average performance.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Highly regulated by nondefeatable stability control that takes the throttle away. Steering feels appropriately weighted at this speed and offers some feel. Hard to know what the true balance is with stability control, which keeps the runs sublimit. Feels neutral as is. Slalom: Despite the very high driving position, the Explorer feels exceptionally composed and confident -- right up to the moment the stability control starts brake-checking at every cone. Turn-in is crisp, transitions are good and it just feels more capable than the 58.5-mph run would indicate. Probably very nice out in the real world.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)67.7
Relative humidity (%)21.9
Wind (mph, direction)6.5, headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/23 highway/19 combined (manufacturer estimate)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,695
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,872
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)54.3/45.7
Length (in.)197.1
Width (in.)78.9
Height (in.)71.0
Wheelbase (in.)112.6
Track, front (in.)67.0
Track, rear (in.)67.0
Legroom, front (in.)43.9
Legroom, rear (in.)39.8
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)33.2
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)38.3
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)61.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)61.0
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)50.8
Seating capacity7
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)80.7


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard

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