2011 Ford Explorer  -  $29,185


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $29,185
Base Invoice: $27,711
Destination Charge: $825
Options: $0
Trim: FWD 4dr Base
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 20 | City: 17 | Hwy: 25
Body Style: FWD 4dr Base
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine

Pros

Updated engines deliver better fuel economy; segment-leading safety innovations; Ford's SYNC system


Model News

The Explorer has been on the mid-sized SUV scene for nearly two full decades and has come to define the segment. The Explorer gets a thorough revision for 2011, with more fuel-efficient engines, a weight-saving design, the addition of advanced safety systems and a strong slate of technology equipment.

A new V6 engine is expected to deliver 20 percent better fuel economy than the 2010 model, and the available EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine should do 30 percent better. The exterior facelift the Explorer received isn't all for looks, it also improved aerodynamics to assist in lowering the gas mileage.

The overall quality of the Explorer has been improved this year, visible in details like tight margin gaps. Engineers also worked to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness in the cabin to produce the quietest Explorer yet.


Value Writeup

While improving the quality, fuel economy, safety, and technology of the Explorer, Ford didn't forget that this is one of the company's best-selling SUVs. New this year is an intelligent 4-whel drive system that allows the driver to select for driving conditions, and it can tow up to 5000 pounds. The price has dropped for the 2011 Explorer-- its base price is $1000 less expensive than a similarly equipped 2010 edition.


Model Highlights

The standard Explorer engine is a 3.5L V6 that makes 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, front-wheel drive and a 6-speed transmission. Ford's 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is available, which makes 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Ford claims that this engine delivers V6 power with 4-cylinder fuel economy and expects mileage to be as much as 30 percent better than last year's.

Fuel economy was one of the Explorer's targets, and it hit its mark in several ways. Besides the engine and transmission, this SUV uses electric power-assisted steering to reduce power loss, a variable-displacement air conditioning compressor and low-rolling-resistance tires. The Explorer lost about 100 pounds over the past year, despite all the new safety and technological additions, thanks to changes like using aluminum for the hood. A front air dam and rear spoiler work with the new aerodynamic design to further improve aerodynamics.

The Explorer is the first vehicle to use second-row inflatable seat belts, which spread the force of impact across five times the surface area of a conventional belt. They are optional in the XLT and Limited trim levels.. In addition, the Explorer has standard traction control with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, which provides braking optimized for each wheel. Air bags all around and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System are also standard.

A true sport-utility vehicle, the Explorer includes hill start assist and trailer sway control and has an available rear-view camera with a zoom function for hooking up a trailer on your own. Intelligent 4-wheel drive is available with the V6 engine. This shift-on-the-fly system has four settings for normal, mud, sand or snow conditions. Selecting the appropriate terrain type changes the behavior of the engine, throttle, transmission and traction and stability control systems appropriately. Hill Descent Control uses engine braking to assist the driver on very steep inclines.

Inside the newly quieter cabin, Ford has added head and shoulder room to all three rows of seats and increased the flexibility of the interior for carrying people or cargo. Standard equipment includes MyFord Driver Connect technology with a 4.2-inch LCD screen, MyKey, cruise control, rear climate control and power windows and doors.

The XLT trim adds automatic headlights, heated mirrors with LED signal indicators, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and a reverse sensing system to the base model. The Limited trim includes quite a bit more, including power-folding mirrors, adjustable pedals, dual-zone temperature controls, 10-way power driver's seat, heated leather-trimmed front seats, SYNC, Sony audio system, rear view camera, remote start and push-button start. A power liftgate, navigation system and Blind Spot Information System can be added to the Explorer XLT and Limited. The Limited has a small set of options all its own, too, like active park assist, adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled front seats and rain-sensing wipers.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3

EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
25 MPG

Cruising Range - City
316.20 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
17 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
465.00 mi

Engine Order Code
998

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.5L/213

Fuel System
SMPI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100

Trans Order Code
44J

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175

Passenger Capacity
7

Passenger Volume
151.7 ft³

Front Head Room
41.4 in

Front Leg Room
40.6 in

Front Shoulder Room
61.3 in

Front Hip Room
57.3 in

Second Head Room
40.5 in

Second Leg Room
39.8 in

Second Shoulder Room
61.0 in

Second Hip Room
56.7 in

Third Head Room
37.8 in

Third Leg Room
33.2 in

Third Shoulder Room
50.8 in

Third Hip Room
40.7 in

Wheelbase
112.6 in

Length, Overall
197.1 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
78.9 in

Height, Overall
70.4 in

Track Width, Front
67.0 in

Track Width, Rear
67.0 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
80.7 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
43.8 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 3
21.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4557 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
300 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.26 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.87 in

Front Tire Size
P245/65R17

Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17

Spare Tire Size
T165/80D17

Front Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Mini in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.6 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Emissions Years
8

Emissions Miles/km
80,000

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
11V063000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 28, 2011

Component
SEATS

Potential Number of Units Affected
1,658

Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 EXPLORER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 15, 2010, THROUGH DECEMBER 13, 2010, EQUIPPED WITH SECOND ROW 60% SEATS WITH MANUAL RECLINER MECHANISMS THAT MAY HAVE COMPONENTS THAT ARE OUT OF DIMENSIONAL SPECIFICATION. THESE SEATS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 207, "SEATING SYSTEMS."

Consequence
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE SEAT BACK MAY NOT PROVIDE THE REQUIRED STRENGTH, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.

FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE SEATS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 14, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.

FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11C15. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V286000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 29, 2014

Potential Number of Units Affected
179,027

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 17, 2010, through February 28, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting in a shut down of the power steering assist.

Consequence
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S06.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V171000

Mfg's Report Date
MAR 24, 2015

Component
STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected
194,484

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Explorer vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.

Consequence
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 11, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S11.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine

6-speed automatic transmission w/OD

3.16 axle ratio

Front wheel drive

58-amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature

175-amp alternator

Trailer sway control

Independent front/rear suspension

Pwr steering

Dual chrome exhaust tips

P245/65R17 all-season BSW tires

17" steel wheels

Mini spare tire

Black roof rack side rails w/black end caps

Body-color spoiler

Upper body color/lower black front/rear bumpers

Black wheel lip molding

Black lower bodyside cladding

Foundry grey painted grille

Bi-functional projector beam headlamps

Black folding pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors

2nd/3rd row privacy glass

Black door handles

Front speed sensitive wipers

Rear 2-speed intermittent wiper

Easy fuel capless fuel filler

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player

(6) audio speakers

Roof mounted antenna

Cloth front bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, manual driver lumbar & recline, 2-way manual passenger seat w/manual recline

60/40 split-folding 2nd row bench seat

50/50 split-folding 3rd row seat

Floor console w/armrest & storage

Front/rear color-keyed carpeted floor mats

Tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls

Instrument cluster color LCD display

Pwr windows w/1-touch driver down

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry w/(2) key fobs

Cruise control

SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

Manual climate control w/auxiliary air cond

Air filtration system

Rear window defogger

Overhead console w/lights & sunglass holder

Color-keyed cloth sunvisors -inc: covered vanity mirrors

2nd/3rd seat rear map light

Media hub w/auxiliary input jack w/courtesy light

12V pwr points -inc: (2) front, (1) second row, (1) cargo area

Dark Galvano appliques

Front/rear scuff plates

Grab handles -inc: (1) at passenger seat, (2) in 2nd row

Illuminated entry

Load floor tie-down hooks

Cargo area hooks

Hill start assist

4-wheel antilock disc brakes

Traction control

AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)

2nd generation dual front airbags

2nd generation dual front side seat airbags

Front passenger sensing system

Safety Canopy -inc: side curtain airbags, rollover sensor

MyKey system inc: top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning, programmable sound chimes, Beltminder w/audio mute

SOS Post Crash Alert System

Seat belts -inc: pretensioners, energy management system, adjustable height in 1st row

Belt-Minder feature

Rear door child safety locks

LATCH system on rear outboard seat locations

Tire pressure monitoring system

 
STANDARD EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS NOT REQUIRED
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE/ EMERGENCY VEHICLES
$0

 
NON-CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS/NON-CROSS-BORDER STATES DEALER ORDER FOR CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS STATES REGISTRATION
$0

 
3.5L TI-VCT V6 ENGINE
$0

 
6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION W/OD
$0

 
6-SPEED SELECTSHIFT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION W/OD
$0

 
100A RAPID SPEC ORDER CODE
$0

 
KONA BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
BLACK
$0

 
INGOT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
WHITE SUEDE
$0

 
RED CANDY METALLIC TINTED CLEARCOAT
$395

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, CLOTH FRONT BUCKET SEATS
$0

 
CLASS III TRAILER TOW PKG
$570

 
ROOF RACK CROSSBARS
$120

 
SPLASH GUARDS
$185

 
CARGO SHADE
$135

 
LICENSE PLATE BRACKET
$0

 
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO W/6-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION
$195

 
ALL WEATHER RUBBER FLOOR MATS
$75

 
PRICED DORA
$0


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