January 29, 2016
As the vehicle that started America’s love affair with the SUV, the Ford Explorer has plenty to live up to year after year. With its new grille, high-tech features and zippy performance, the 2016 doesn’t disappoint. The Sport model looks a little sharper than earlier incarnations. In addition, the auto company added a Platinum trim version for car buyers who want every available vehicle feature in their SUVs. The Sixth Generation Ford now builds the Explorer on the same platform as the one that it uses for the Flex and the Taurus. This creates a smooth riding experience. For this year’s model, the car company lengthened the wheelbase by 0.2 inches while the new front end adds another inch. By restyling the vehicle’s front and rear as well as adding several new equipment upgrades, Ford managed to stay ahead of the competition with the 2016 Explorer. Features Ford equipped the new Explorer with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It is available in all-wheel drive, and the SUV includes an abundance of advanced safety features like front view and rearview cameras as well as perpendicular parking assistance and adaptive cruise control. Car buyers can purchase the SUV with a blind spot warning system along with forward collision warning technology. Two USB ports will keep road-tripping kids happy while their parents will appreciate the relaxing ride that only heated seats can provide. The vehicle’s third row is a little cramped for adult passengers, but younger ones will surely appreciate the section’s coziness. Conversely, the vehicle’s cargo area is spacious with 81.7 cubic feet of volume when both rows are folded down. Trims and Packages The 2016 Ford Explorer’s standard model comes with cloth upholstery, LED headlights and a rearview camera. This model also has Bluetooth connectivity, the Sync infotainment system and 18-inch wheels. With the XLT trim, Ford includes hands-free keyless entry, rear parking sensors and climate control. The Limited model features leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and a 12-speaker Sony sound system while the Sport has all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels. Ford took it to the next level when it developed the Platinum trim option as the vehicle comes with a dual-panel moon roof, telescoping steering column and active park assist along with heated and cooled seats. Style and Value The 2016 Ford Explorer combines safety and performance with high style and comfort. With its practical size and spacious interior, the SUV is ideal for quick grocery store errands or long road trips. Those who bring home the new SUV will appreciate owning a vehicle that’s as thrilling to drive as it is to look at.