2013 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Overview
2013 Ford Explorer Overview
While today, it seems like Ford has an SUV for just about any occasion, it all started with the Ford Explorer, one of the first SUVs that seemed to find its way into just about every other suburban family’s garage. There was good reason for the Explorer’s popularity then and good reason for it now when it comes to the 2013 Ford Explorer, especially after its redesign two years earlier.
The big change was moving from a truck-like body on frame to a more car-like unibody chassis, leaving the truck-style SUV for bruisers like the Ford Expedition to handle. The result is a great family car, that’s compact and car-like enough for everyday handling and economic fuel consumption, but big enough to load up the whole family and their entire luggage for a weekend trip.
The new Ford Explorer offers a pleasant ride, and there’s even a new Sport model for those looking for a little something extra in the performance area. The 2013 Explorer also offers plenty of comfort and convenience features, and there’s an optional EcoBoost engine for even better fuel economy.
The 2013 Ford Explorer is available in four trim levels. Besides the base model, you can upgrade to the XLT, the Limited, or the previously mentioned new Sport edition.
New for 2013
The Ford has thrown in a few new goodies for the Explorer for 2013, such as:
- New High-Performance Sport Trim
- Various New Comfort Features
- New Safety Features
The 2013 Ford Explorer’s biggest appeal may be its unibody construction, which gives it a car-like, “user-friendly” look. Drivers who might be intimidated by one of the bigger SUVs will be right at home in the Ford Explorer. The Base model of the Ford Explorer features 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, and privacy glass. Upgrading to the XLT gets you 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, and rear parking sensors. The Limited bumps you up to 20-inch wheels, while the Sport has different 20-inch wheels, the power liftgate, optional on other models, and special exterior trim. A dual panel sunroof is optional.
Interior & Cargo
The front and rear seats (which recline) offer plenty of room in the Ford Explorer, and that third row will allow you to seat a total of seven, but you’ll want those last row passengers to be small ones, or you may hear some squirming in short order. Although this isn’t the biggest SUV, you do get a good amount of cargo space, 20 cubes with all seats in place and 80.7 cu. ft. with all the rear seats out of the way. The Explorer has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs.
While the 2013 Ford Explorer isn’t the biggest SUV around, it’s big enough to seat seven, with plenty of room and comfort in the front and second rows, although the third row is probably best reserved for kids or short trips. Reclining rear seats adds to the comfort level.
Everyone is likely to appreciate the comfortable, hi-tech cabin of the Ford Explorer, which offers comforts like a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, six-speaker stereo with CD-player, air conditioning, and cruise control. Upgrades and options can get you features like the Sync electronics interface, the touchscreen MyFord Touch control system, nine-speaker sound, dual zone climate control, eight-way power heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a rear entertainment system with twin-headrest mounted displays.
In general, the Ford Explorer appears to be a strong safety pick. It received the top possible rank of “Good” on Insurance Institute of Highway Safety crash tests for Frontal Offset, Side Impact, Roof Strength and Rear Crash Protection. The Ford Explorer also has a full array of standard safety features, and even more optional safety features. It should be noted, however that a good number of 2013 Ford Explorers were recalled due to a fuel tank sealing issue that may lead to fire.
The 2013 Ford Explorer has dual front side mounted airbags and head airbags for all three rows of seating, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, front seatbelt pretensioners, integrated blind spot mirrors, stability control, traction control and a range of other safety features. Optional safety features include blind spot warning and lane departure warning systems.
While last year’s Ford Explorer was marked by its smooth ride and quality handling, the 2013 model has all this and more. If you opt for all-wheel drive, rather than the standard front-wheel drive, you get the Terrain Management system, with four driving modes to suit the existing conditions. The AWD models also feature hill start assist and descent control. If you’re looking for something a bit sportier, the Sport trim’s specially-tuned suspension and turbocharged V-6 fills the bill.
The standard engine in the Ford Explorer remains the 3.5-liter V-6, linked to a six-speed automatic transmission, which cranks out 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, with estimated fuel economy of 18/25 mpg city/highway. Upgrading to the EcoBoost, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbo engine gets you a few less horses but better torque and fuel economy, 240 horsepower, 270 lb-ft and 20/28 mpg city/highway. On the Sport model, you’ll find a turbo version of the 3.5-liter V-6, with the six-speed auto trans and all-wheel drive standard. This engine generates a full 365 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, with estimated fuel economy of 16/22 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Ford Explorer
- Dodge Durango
- Mazda CX-9
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2013 Ford Explorer has 11 models that range from $34,680 - $34,680. The 2013 Explorer is a suv with four wheel drive that gets between 17 mpg (city) - 23 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.5L V6 engine. The 2013 Ford Explorer has a seating capacity of 7/7, wheelbase is 112.6 inches, cargo capacity of 80.70 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2013 XLT 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.