After Ford’s recent unveiling of the new 2011 Ford Explorer
What does $28,190 get you? The base 2011 Explorer comes standard with a three-row seven-passenger seating. The base Explorer also gets 17-inch steel wheels with plastic covers and the normal run-of-the-mill standard features that you would expect in any base model SUV. To step up from that model you will have to opt for the XLT which starts at $31,190. The XLT adds fog lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry and opens up a variety of optional tech features such as the blind-spot information system with cross traffic alert. From their things start to get a little spicy with the top-of-the-line Explorer Limited starting at $37,190. This is where you get a car that you can talk to and it responds via Ford’s Sync system.
Speaking of responding, there is a standard 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. For those wanting something a bit more economical and conservative, you can opt for a turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cyl which pumps out a decent 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will direct power through a 6-speed automatic in either all-wheel-drive ($2,000 option) or standard front-wheel-drive configurations.
Will the new 2011 Ford Explorer offer enough for this price to appeal to crossover shoppers? To find out, go drive one for yourself when it hits showroom floors early 2011.