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!
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
written on 04-16-2011
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.
Swore I would never buy another Ford after the Explorer I bought in 2000 had the transmission go out at 37000 miles and Ford would only cover half the cost even though I had sevice records showing I had been complaining about it from 15000 miles on. If I didn't have those records they weren't going to cover any of it even thought it was only 1000 miles past warranty. But when the new model came out in 2011 I really liked it and since Ford looked like they had a turn-around the past few years I figured they must have improved their quality control and customer service. Wrong again! Not going to go over every problem (just read through these reviews) but this time, never again!
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.
Red 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).
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, V6, gasoline
3,497cc (213 cu-in)
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
290 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
255 @ 4,000
Six-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
Fairly 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.
First 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.
Skid 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.