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Best Value in safety, tech, style
By carfanpa on
Vehicle2013 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
ReviewMy previous car was a BMW 5 series. We wanted something utilitarian to support our lifestyle with two kids, visiting family, road trips to the mountains, beach etc. Minivan was out of the question. We could have spent $70K+ on a comparability equipped Benz GL or Audi Q7. We netted a fully loaded Explorer for $45K - a great value in my book. We have 5,000 miles on it over 6 month and it's been positive.
The car does not provide a thrilling driver's experience like the 5 series does, but that's not what you get this car for. We will put the $25k we saved over a benz/audi and put it towards a real drivers sports car as our other car.
Best Features- Dashboard LCD displays that are configurable with the steering wheel controls. - Large center console touch screen LCD - Great phone bluetooth integration - Collision warning with heads up display - Adaptive cruise control - it actually uses the brakes and gas for you - Lane keeping system - amazing technology - Heated AND cooled seats with heated steering wheel - Power auto fold and stow third row seats - Power lift gate - Keyless entry, remote start - Backup camera with park assist guides - Blind spot warning - USB, and plenty of power/connectivity - HID headlights with auto-high beam - convenience entry (seat, steering move out of way)
Worst Features- Visibility is not the best. Seems like they could have made the windows larger. Thankfully there are plenty of driver aides - camera, park assist, cross traffic etc. You need all these in this car. - Transmission is not the smoothest and sometimes does not due the engine justice. It could use a sport mode. - City gas mileage is not great e.g. 14 MPG. Highway is better at like 22 MPG - Less hard plastic on interior parts (not to BMW standards, but probably best Ford has done) - Seats could me more plush / bolstered. they seem too small.
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