2011 Ford Explorer Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Ford Explorer - Road Test Specs

2011 Ford Explorer SUV

(3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle Type4WD 4dr 7-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$39,995
Options on test vehicleRed Candy Metallic paint ($395); Dual Panel Moonroof ($1,595); 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
Assembly locationChicago, Illinois


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, four-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
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
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 ratios (x:1)I = 4.484, II = 2.872, III = 1.842, IV = 1.414, V = 1.000, VI = 0.742, R = 2.882
Final-drive ratio (x:1)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)15.7
Tire make and modelHankook Optimo H426
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP255/50R20 104H (cold spec: 35 psi)
Wheel size20-by-8.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialPainted alloy
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
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.7
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 86.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ONN/A (non-defeatable ESC)
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ONN/A (non-defeatable ESC)
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.5
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

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 non-defeatable 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 ESC keeping the runs sub-limit. Feels neutral as is. Slalom: Despite the very high driving position, the Explorer feels exceptionally composed and confident -- right up to the moment the non-defeat ESC started 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

Test date11/9/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)67.7
Relative humidity (%)21.9
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)6.5, headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,749
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/23 highway/19 combined (manufacturer estimate)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.5
Driving range (mi.)0

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionSony-branded AM/FM stereo with single-CD player and 12 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jacks (2), SD card reader
Satellite radioOptional Sirius
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional, SD-card based map/POI storage, real-time traffic, Sirius Travel Link
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsOptional front/rear parking sonar, back-up camera, automated self-parking system, rear cross-traffic detection
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional

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 behind 1st row (cu-ft)81
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)21
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,000
Ground clearance (in.)7.6
Approach angle (degrees)21.7
Departure angle (degrees)21.4


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

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