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2011 Ford Explorer Review and Prices

About 2011 Ford Explorer

With the release of 2011 Ford Explorer, the manufacturer is hoping to introduce an eco-friendly yet thrifty version of your typical sports wagon vehicle. However, there is more to this vehicle model than meets the eye. You can get a more detailed look into this particular model by examining the features below.

Ford is going through some tough times after the F-series and their Explorer SUVs have failed to perform up to expectations. In fact, it has led to some serious losses for the company. But the release of the Ford Explorer this year, they have nothing but high hopes for a successful launching.

Judging on the stylistic features of the Explorer America, you can expect the  2011 Ford Explorer  to let go of its truck-style body frame construction but instead will offer a unibody style. This is one of the most defining features for any crossover vehicles despite many claims that it will be equipped with the same interior features as the Taurus X. It will also experience a dramatic 150-pound weight reduction due to its use of a unibody design and lightweight materials.

One reason why critics are looking closely into the overall weight of the vehicle is the fact that it can impact performance, carbon footprint, and fuel economy. With a lightweight design, the 2011 Ford Explorer model is therefore an eco-friendly option. Ford very recent announced that the  Ford Explorer 2011 will come with optional 2.0-liter 4 cylinder EcoBoost engine that means it is turbocharged and comprises of gasoline injection. The new  Explorer will offer at least 30% savings  in fuel economy than its predecessor, which will make  it the most fuel-efficient SUV in its category.  Thus fuel economy will be boost up to 18mpg for city and 26 mpg for highway.The current model comes  with Ford’s unique “EcoBoost” turbocharged four-cylinder V6 engine. It therefore delivers up to 275 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque with fuel consumption similar to that of lower powered vehicle engines. This model also introduces a six-speed automatic transmission, with choices between four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive to save more fuel.

2011 Ford Explorer

Pro’s of 2011 Ford Explorer

*Its lightweight design and construction helps to enhance fuel economy and engine performance.

*It is an eco-friendly and thrifty vehicle in comparison to other vehicles within the same range.

*Production interior is not as futuristic as some other vehicle models but it certainly offers enough functionality for consumers to enjoy.

Con’s of 2011 Ford Explorer

*It is not nearly as high performing as some other vehicle models from Ford, thus it is not a great choice for anyone looking to buy powerful trucks.

Pricing Details

It has been three years since the previous Ford Explorer was released, so it would be tough to make a rough estimate on the pricing for the 2011 Ford Explorer model now that the manufacturers have not issued an official statement with regards to pricing details. But if one were to examine the features and all other improvements incorporated into this latest model, then experts assume that it will not vary much from the 2008 model’s price. They would go as far as to estimate the price to be somewhere between $27,500 and $32,500.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the 2011 Ford Explorer delivers some sort of irony. Ford is the same manufacturer who started out the SUV craze and turning the design from a “truck” to a “car”. With the Explorer sales on the ropes, Ford need to make some drastic improvements that will save the brand. After all, the name is too valuable for the company to give up.

  1. Mike Glorio
    August 2nd, 2010 at 21:03 | #1

    Ford Stocks ( ticker symbol) closed today (Aug 2, 2010) at $13.16. Just goes on to symbol of resilience of the US economy.

    2011 Ford Explorer is a symbol of American Superiority. Shun the Chinese and Japanese. Buy US products and save US economy.

  2. Rick Boucher
    August 3rd, 2010 at 06:01 | #2

    I think that the new curve control system keep making the nonsense drivers to continue to be nonsese – as someone pointed out in the other article.

    Driver should not be make habit of depending upon machines and forget to maintain their alertness. That is a dangerous system to develop.

    Machine dependence is a dangerous thing. We already have US kids performing poor in math. The habit needs to change.

  3. bobSr86
    August 3rd, 2010 at 06:10 | #3

    US still need to get rid of the obsession of getting cars with bigger engines. They still like to know horse power and V6 and V8 while the criteria should be mpg, seating capacity and final pickup. If they can focus on 4 cylinder engine that can reach 0 to 60 mph in fewer seconds and drinks less gas, that will be better for their pocket, US economy and reduce US dependency on gas.

  4. geeksquad34
    August 3rd, 2010 at 07:44 | #4

    I expect to see the Explorer to be among the top selling car in the coming months. Here are the top best selling cars in the month of April 2010.

    * Ford F-Series ( I think it include F-150, F250 and all): 40,946
    * Honda Accord: 31,766 (that includes 2,455 Crosstours)
    * Chevy Silverado: 29,618
    * Corolla: 27,932
    * Camry: 27,914
    * Civic: 25,042
    * Ford Escape: 19,146
    * Ford Fusion: 18,971
    * Hyundai Sonata: 18,536
    * Honda CR-V: 16,661

  5. Zipcar
    August 16th, 2010 at 22:45 | #5

    85% of the 2011 Ford Explorer will be made up of the Recycled material. Another reason to buy Ford Explorer.

  6. HerbG
    August 23rd, 2010 at 09:18 | #6

    Rick Boucher :
    I think that the new curve control ……

    Somebody was probably saying the same thing when the first Model T rolled off the assembly line!

  7. Riksha
    December 29th, 2010 at 22:57 | #7

    Very nice written article. Thank you.

  8. February 12th, 2011 at 14:29 | #8

    Truck turns heads where ever you go. Interior is very roomy, lots of storage, leather seats are firm but comfortable. Power seat option make driving a pleasure, even on long trips.

  9. May 12th, 2011 at 02:51 | #9

    My family’s explorer runs very well. We’ve had few to no problems with it, and we plan to purchase another one.The interior has a DVD player and a touch screen navigation, which also runs very well.