Ford’s all-new 2013 Explorer Sport, which was unveiled last March, has a starting price of $41,545 (which includes destination charges). The top Explorer model features a 350-hp, 350-lb-ft turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine, partnered to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. This is the same engine used in the Ford Taurus SHO and Flex.
However, the Explorer Sport doesn’t have as much power as the other models that use EcoBoost, specifically the 365hp Taurus and the 355hp Flex. This is because of the higher exhaust backpressure as the result of packaging and ground clearance matters. In addition, the Sport has a bigger radiator and cooling system. It also features the improved 13.9-inch brakes from the Taurus SHO Performance Package.
The Explorer’s all-wheel drive system was modified by Ford’s engineers so that as high as 80% torque could be distributed to the rear wheels – better than the 60% offered on other vehicles. The 2013 Explorer Sport features the one-of-a-kind blacked-out grille, mirror caps, headlight surrounds, a set of 20-inch wheels, and taillights.
Another standard feature is the sport suspension, Ford’s Sync and MyFord Touch systems, a Sony audio system, leather upholstery, and a rearview camera. There is one option package available, consisting of navigation, a blind spot information system, inflatable rear seatbelts, a power liftgate, adjustable pedals, power tilt/telescope steering column, perforated and cooled front seats, remote and push-button start, and power-folding mirrors.
This package has a price tag of $4,130. Four exterior colors are available. The ingot silver and tuxedo black are standard; the white platinum tri-coat costs $495 higher and the ruby red tinted clearcoat is priced at $395 together with an interior scheme of either black or black/ sienna brown. Furthermore, Ford offers a variety of options on the Explorer Sport such as the adaptive cruise control (with a price of $1150), a dual-panel moonroof ($1595), second row bucket seats ($750), and a dual-screen DVD system ($1995).
Getting all the options would mean that the 2013 Explorer Sport would cost $52,760, (which includes destination costs) before any dealer-installed accessories. Meanwhile, a similarly equipped Flex (Ford’s other seven-seater) gets a price tag of $52,783.
Totally new for 2011, the Ford Explorer has been attracting clients with its developed on-road handling, stunning convenience and comfort technologies, and fuel efficiency never before seen in an SUV.
For the 2013 model, Ford Explorer Sport gives top-performance SUV strength and projected fuel efficiency of up to 16 mpg when driving in the city and 22 mpg when driving on the highway - translating to 3 mpg and 2 mpg better in the city and the highway respectively compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-liter Hemi engines. Its numbers are 3 mpg and 4 mpg higher in the city and the highway respectively compared to the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
Vehicle Engineering Manager Carl Widmann said that the Ford Explorer Sport does not make any compromises. Through carefully beefing the suspension and the chassis, accurately calibrating the Terrain Management System plus including convenience and comfort features, they have given an SUV great performance and dynamics - and at the same time the capability to tow up to 5,000 lbs.
Ford Explorer Sport showcases a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with a one of a kind 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio to give the balance of economical low-rpm cruising and responsive acceleration for improved fuel efficiency.
The chassis has also been particularly reinforced, allowing the Ford Explorer Sport to become stronger and offer better handling.
Ford Explorer Sport also provides a stable electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) rack with a more rapid ratio, giving more responsiveness to drivers on and off the road.