The 2013 Ford Explorer’spowertrain comes in three variations and the higher you go, the better it becomes. The base 3.5L V-6, with an output of 290hp, 255 lbs. of torque at a fuel rating of 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway, has poor acceleration. The 2.0L EcoBoost V-6 ,with an output of 240hp, 270 lbs. of torque and a fuel rating of 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway, shows improvement at the expense of some fuel. The turbocharged 3.5L V-6 with its output of 365hp, 360 lbs. of torque at a fuel rating of 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway is pretty quick, able to outrun more powerful SUVs.
Cargo space is at 80.7 ft3 with rear seats folded, 21 ft3 with them enabled. Passenger space is at six to seven, depending on the second row configuration. There is sufficient head and leg room for all passengers and seats are very comfortable.
All models come with air-conditioning, power locks and windows, tilt-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a trip computer, a 6-speaker audio system w/ CD player and auxiliary audio jack.
Features available on higher trims include leather seats, power adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, Sync and MyFord Touch on the dashboard, a Sony premium audio system, USB connectivity, and SD card slot.
With a solid body, the 2013 Ford Explorer earned top ratings by several safety institutes. The 2013 Ford Explorer boasts good safety features such as front side/side curtain and knee airbags, antilock brakes, stability/traction control, and trailer sway control. Safety features which can be added include a blind-spot warning system, inflatable rear seatbelts, collision warning and lane-departure warning/keeping systems.
The 2013 Ford Explorer is priced $28,800-$40,000 depending on the trim and the features. While the 2013 Ford Explorer has lots of modern electronic features, its interior design pales compared to other SUVs. The base engine is also weak, easily outdone by standard powertrains of other competitors.