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2013 Ford Explorer XLT SUV

2013 Ford Explorer Review

(0 Stars)  A new model adds some sport to the all-American SUV.

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New For 2013
A new trim level, the Sport, has been added. Powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, the new model features a sport-tuned suspension; larger brakes; standard four-wheel drive; a unique grille, exhaust tips, and twenty-inch wheels; and leather sport seats. Front knee air bags are now standard in all Explorers, and Sync with MyFord Touch has been enhanced to make it easier to operate.
Overview
Now that the current-generation Explorer has been on sale for two years, the vehicle’s metamorphosis from old-school SUV to modern crossover is complete. The transformation has been a success, with sales having seen a steady increase ever since the unibody Explorer was introduced. The reinvented Explorer features good fuel economy for a large vehicle, high-quality materials, and state-of-the-art technology, but it has some shortcomings. Visibility from the driver’s seat is not good due to the high beltline and the thick A-pillars. The ride and handling are improvements over the old Explorer’s, but driving this crossover is in general a ho-hum affair. Ford has addressed that complaint for 2013 with a new model, the Explorer Sport, which features a 350-hp EcoBoost V-6 and a sport-tuned suspension. Buyers can also opt for a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder or a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6. Four-wheel drive is standard on the Sport and optional with the V-6 but is not available with the four-cylinder. Options include MyFord Touch—an eight-inch touchscreen that integrates navigation, audio, climate, and phone functions. It has been enhanced this year to make it easier to operate. Options include a two-panel sunroof, power-folding third-row seats, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and parallel-parking assist.

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2013 Explorer XLT Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.5L EcoBoost V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 13 MPG city, 18 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 279 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 290 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 255 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:

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'13 Ford XLT SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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