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An SUV icon gets a sixth generation

The 2020 Ford Explorer is one of the most recognizable nameplates in the SUV segment, and arguably one of the first models to establish the segment outright. These days, the Explorer is getting close to 30 years old, but it’s still one of the best-selling SUVs out there. Now Ford is offering a fresh sixth-generation for the 2020 model year, introducing a more diverse model lineup, additional muscle under the hood, a more capacious interior, and the very latest technology bits as well.

 

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Mid-Size SUV Battle: The Ford Explorer ST goes up against the Dodge Durango Hellcat SRT

Mid-Size SUV Battle: The Ford Explorer ST goes up against the Dodge Durango Hellcat SRT

Can the high performance Explorer ST take out the Durango Hellcat SRT with half the engine displacement? Read on to find out

The Wheels YouTube Channel has put out a video of a Ford Explorer ST taking on a Dodge Durango Hellcat SRT, in a couple of ¼ Mile Drag races at the Mission Raceway Park in BC, Canada.

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A Sheriff in a Ford Explorer Races a Nissan GT-R and a Shelby GT500

A Sheriff in a Ford Explorer Races a Nissan GT-R and a Shelby GT500

One of these three cars gets destroyed. Any guesses?

Watch a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor take on the Nissan GT-R and a tuned Mustang Shelby GT500 in a quarter-mile showdown - this is crazieness!

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2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch Edition

2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch Edition

The King Ranch feels different on the inside when compared to the other trims, courtesy of the mahogany leather and wood appliqués all around

The Ford Explorer proudly wears the “America’s all-time best-selling SUV” tag, and the automaker has found another way to pump up the sales. Ford has added a new trim to the lineup – the King Ranch – to further bolster the mid-level card within the Explorer’s lineup. It comes with a decent load of tech features along with leather and wood elements inside the cabin to bring out the “authenticity of the iconic Texas ranch”.

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Ford's SEMA-Bound SUV Lineup Will Feature Portable Fridges, Camping Tents, and Video Cameras

Ford’s SEMA-Bound SUV Lineup Will Feature Portable Fridges, Camping Tents, and Video Cameras

It’s a full lineup of Ford Escapes, Explorers, and Expeditions

The 2019 Ford Escape, 2019 Ford Explorer, and 2019 Ford Expedition are all fresh in the eyes of many, making them ideal candidates to get showcased at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. In keeping with form, that’s exactly what Ford is doing. The Blue Oval is bringing eight custom SUVs to SEMA, including three Escapes, three Explorers, and a pair of Expeditions. Each of these SUVs come with different flavors of personalization that showcases the variety of ways current and future owners can customize their rides. There are some interesting creations among the eight SUVs, some of which are more interesting than others.

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Six Generations of the Ford Explorer

Six Generations of the Ford Explorer

Ford’s iconic SUV has had a roller coaster life

The Ford Explorer has been around for almost 30 years. In that time, the SUV segment has evolved in ways no one could’ve dreamed of. Through it all, the Explorer has remained one of the segment’s backbones, a pillar from which the SUV world has stood on for close to three decades. The Explorer’s life reads like a Hollywood script, too. It started off with a bang, establishing itself as one of the most popular SUVs on the market. That success lasted for more than a decade before the Explorer lost its way as other SUVs arrived. Sales eventually cratered, leaving Ford desperate to recapture the magic the Explorer had when it became the breakout hit of the early ’90s. The return to form eventually took place as the SUV segment in the U.S. exploded. With the Explorer now entrenched as one of the most popular SUVs in the market, Ford’s banking on the sixth-generation model to keep that momentum. Whether it does so or not remains to be seen, but the all-new Explorer appears fully equipped to take on that challenge.

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2020 Ford Explorer ST does well in first video review

2020 Ford Explorer ST does well in first video review

All-new Ford Explorer is radically different to its predecessor, but also better according to this first impression video

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is the fastest and most powerful ST-branded Ford ever... and it’s an SUV. But is it a better SUV than the one it replaced, especially now since it has been pushed upmarket along with its price point and it may face rivals that bear a premium badge? Well, this is the very first video out on the hottest version of the new Explorer ST (or any version of it for that matter) and it suggests the Explorer definitely has improved in virtually all areas.

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8 SUVs That Went From Being Tough as Nails to Lightweight Family Haulers

8 SUVs That Went From Being Tough as Nails to Lightweight Family Haulers

Adapting to customer needs and trying to achieve efficiency levels proposed by the governing bodies, manufacturers had to shift whole production systems to accommodate their factories for efficient SUV and crossover production. However, the tough body-on-frame design of traditional SUVs simply did not cut it anymore. SUVs became too heavy, too ungainly, and too expensive to maintain. Then, some automakers started to experiment with unibody construction for their SUV-looking cars. Soon, what was a misfit became the norm and today with crossovers being the only way forward. Even the famous off-road specialists like Jeep and Land Rover had to make changes and some famed names from history sacrificed all that made them famous in the first place.

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2020 Ford Explorer Vs 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Ford Explorer Vs 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2020 Ford Explorer And The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Are Two Different Philosophies With A Massive Generational Gap

As the best selling SUV in history, the Ford Explorer gained an almost religiously devoted customer base that has kept the legend of the Explorer alive for three decades. However, another SUV, not necessarily placed to fight a direct fight against the Explorer, has a following that’s almost as strong - the Jeep Grand Cherokee. As the new Ford Explorer flashed its body at the NAIAS and attracts customers with its numerous benefits compared to basically any other similar SUV in the segment, I wondered if there’s any incentive to still choose the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee over the new 2020 Ford Explorer. The current Jeep Grand Cherokee has its roots planted in the year 2011 when it came to be. Of course, eight years on the market have left some marks on its skin. It isn’t as advanced, as aerodynamic, nor as convenient as some of its competitors. Yet, despite its aged appearance, the Grand Cherokee is like a really robust SUV geared more towards off-road and toughness than it is towards family values and convenience. That is actually the main character difference between the two.

The biggest physical difference, on the other hand, is the fact that the 2020 Ford Explorer is a three row SUV. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a two row SUV. Only the next generation of the Grand Cherokee (to be revealed in a year or two), will have two different layouts - it will be offered with two or three rows. Yet, regardless of their main differences, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Explorer are roughly similarly priced.

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2020 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer for the 2020 model year in the quest to surpass its many talented and popular rivals. One of those rivals is the third-gen Honda Pilot that has been around in its current form since 2016 and recently facelifted for the 2019 model year. Both models are popular, but now that the new Ford is out, is a mere facelift enough to keep the Honda up to date and competitive?

The latest Explorer changes the previous model’s formula a bit through the fact that its platform is now rear-wheel-drive biased. It is also lighter than before, offers better performance, better fuel economy, and Ford is even going to make a hot ST version of it. Honda’s Pilot refresh brought with it more aggressive exterior styling, new tech (especially on the safety front, with the full Honda Sensing suite), but no new engines - only one non-turbo V-6 is offered.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ford Explorer

Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Ford Explorer

It’s the blue ovals midsize competitor with a hunger for more luxurious models

The Ford Explorer has been the quintessential go-to in the midsize SUV segment. It’s only been around since 1990, but it’s been recognized, on more than a few occasions, as one of the models that helped to establish the segment outright. The 2020 model represents the introduction of an all-new generation, the sixth generation, and while there’s a lot of new going on, it’s still easily recognizable as the Explorer fans of the model have grown to love over the last 30 years. This generation of the explorer is sportier than ever, and the roof has a very slight slope to it for the first time – something that helps to assert its dominance in a segment that’s moving more toward coupe-style rooflines. Like a lot of competing models, the Explorer can be had with huge wheels if you wish, and they really do accent the overall profile of the body nicely. With four models on offer in this year’s lineup, there’s a model for everyone and the interior borders on the line of premium usually only approached by luxury models. It’s not a slouch, either, as the base model offers up a fair 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while the range-topping Platinum trim will bring a V-6 with 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet to your driveway. You really can’t go wrong with any trim level. And, now that the sixth-gen model has begun to establish itself as a true successor to the outgoing model, we felt it was time to showcase it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked our favorite desktop and mobile wallpaper, but we’ve also included a smaller gallery below so you can pick your own favorite.

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2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Dodge Durango

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Dodge Durango

Dodge’s SUV has a serious fight in its hands

The Ford Explorer remains one of the most popular SUVs in America, but the previous-generation model had one thing going against it: age. It entered the market in 2011, and while a 2018 facelift injected some life back to the SUV, it was only a matter of time before Ford ultimately replaced it with a next-generation model. Well, that time has come. The sixth-generation Ford Explorer made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, and it didn’t take long for the SUV to serve notice to its rivals. The Explorer is back, baby, and it’s back with a vengeance. That should serve as a warning to Dodge and its Durango SUV. Just like the Explorer is to Ford, the Durango is one of Dodge’s biggest moneymakers. Unlike the Explorer, the current version of the Durango is toiling on the back-end of its generational cycle. The next-generation Durango is coming, but there’s no specific timetable on when it’s poised to arrive. So as the all-new Ford Explorer flexes its muscles in the segment, the current Durango has to resist the Explorer rush, at least until the cavalry arrives. Is it up to the task against the all-new Ford SUV? Let’s find out.

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This Video Showcases Just What Happens In Vancouver When it Snows

This Video Showcases Just What Happens In Vancouver When it Snows

Teamwork makes the dream work

I don’t know about you guys, but where I’m at up here in the mountains of northern California, Mother Nature has decided to dump a winter’s worth of snow in just a few weeks’ time. It’s great for the skiing and snowboarding, but if you don’t have the right equipment at your disposal, you’re gonna have to improvise - as the folks in this video quickly found out.

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2020 Ford Explorer gets Yakima accessories for outdoorsy types

2020 Ford Explorer gets Yakima accessories for outdoorsy types

No SUV is complete without a roof-mounted bike rack or canoe carrier

Buying an SUV you also buy into the idea of a more outdoorsy style and Ford is promoting that idea with the new dealer-fit accessories it’s showing at the 2019 Chicago auto show.The move also aims to hint at the vehicle’s off-road capability and encourage future owners to use their Explorer to... do more exploring.

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2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Mazda CX-9

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda is a looker, but what else does it have to offer in comparison to the Explorer?

The sleek 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV is one of the least-obvious rivals of the 2020 sixth-generation Explorer. The two models share nothing in terms of exterior design, and this affects the cabin as well. The Mazda is also only available with only one engine and one transmission, and you can only get it with either FWD or AWD. There’re a lot of options if you’re in the market for a three-row SUV and Ford should take into consideration all of its rivals if it wants to keep topping the sales charts with the latest Explorer. Sure, the Mazda CX-9 isn’t for the same kind of person as the Ford but, size wise, they play ball in the same league so here’s how the two stack up against one another.

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2019 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Is the new SUV better or worse?

First introduced in 1990, the Ford Explorer quickly became a sales success and evolved into America’s all-time best-selling SUV. In January 2019, Ford launched the sixth-generation model to replace the ageing, eight-year-old, fifth-gen SUV with a more capable, comfortable, sportier, and roomier vehicle. Is the new Explorer a massive departure from its predecessor? Does it have more and better tech? Is Ford offering more powerful engines with enhanced fuel economy? Find out all about that in the new vs. old Explorer comparison below.

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2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevy Traverse

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevy Traverse

Power vs. luggage room, tech vs. better towing

The Ford Mustang vs. Chevrolet Camaro battle may be the most iconic rivalry among Detroit-based automakers, but it has fallen behind the SUV wars in recent years. Both Ford and Chevy are playing hard on the crossover market, and the midsize war just got a lot more interesting now that the Traverse has a brand-new Explorer to take on.

While the Explorer has been around since 1990, the Traverse was born rather recently, in 2008. But despite being only 11 years old as of 2019, the nameplate enjoys great success. It’s not as successful as the Explorer, America’s best-selling SUV, but it definitely has what it takes to give the Ford a run for its money. How do these SUVs compare? Find out in the comparison below.

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Why the 2020 Ford Explorer Stole the Show from the 2020 Cadillac XT6

Why the 2020 Ford Explorer Stole the Show from the 2020 Cadillac XT6

At least in the realm of high-riding SUVs it did

Cadillac showed off its new XT6, three-row crossover at the 2019 Detroit auto show, but its debut took place at a private event prior to the kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show. As such, the other SUV debut (the 2020 Ford Explorer) received a lot more attention at the show. Is the Ford Explorer cooler and more desirable than the Cadillac XT6?

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Why should Ford stop with the Explorer ST? It could make an RS

Why should Ford stop with the Explorer ST? It could make an RS

An even more extreme version of its newest SUV

Ford started ST-ing its high rider range with the Edge ST it revealed last year and this year at the Detroit auto show it showed an ST version of its new Explorer. The manufacturer’s intention couldn’t be clearer - it intends to inject some youthfulness and fun into vehicles not usually known for their sporty credentials.

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The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Features a Weird Drivetrain Layout

The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Features a Weird Drivetrain Layout

Where’s the 3.0-liter EcoBoost from the Aviator?

Ford made somewhat of a surprise move at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and introduced a couple more versions of the brand-new Explorer. Unveiled just last week, the Explorer came to Detroit in new ST and Hybrid trims. The latter features a rather weird drivetrain layout, especially given what FoMoCo offers in other hybrids.

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Ford Explorer steals the show in Detroit

Ford Explorer steals the show in Detroit

The only reason people walked in the Chevy booth

There’s no denying that the Ford Explorer is a popular SUV. America’s best-selling crossover with more than seven million units sold 1990s, the Explorer is an SUV that Chevy can’t keep up with. The sixth-gen model just debuted at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and stole the show by drawing a big crowd of journalists at the Ford booth. Actually, the Explorer was the only reason why people gathered in the Chevrolet booth, from where they watched the unveiling event.

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2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid promises 500 miles range

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid promises 500 miles range

Thanks to the clever battery placement, the interior and the cargo space is uncompromised

The Explorer line up now feels complete with the debut of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid. It feels like the Blue Oval is a little late to the Hybrid-SUV party, but the company has made sure to capitalise on all the hype the Explorer has created over the years and has launched the Explorer SUV in the Hybrid from with an acclaimed range of 500 miles!

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2020 Ford Explorer ST has 400 HP, wants to be taken seriously as a performance SUV

2020 Ford Explorer ST has 400 HP, wants to be taken seriously as a performance SUV

New Explorer ST promises power, driving fun and capability

Ford’s new 2020 Explorer has already raised some eyebrows with its rear-wheel drive platform and proportions, as well as its unusual front fascia. But even if you aren’t fond of the way the regular Explorer looks, then the new Explorer ST might change your mind, since it just adds another layer of aggression.

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9 Little Known Facts About the 2020 Ford Explorer

9 Little Known Facts About the 2020 Ford Explorer

In Fact, More Than Nine Cool Facts About the 2020 Ford Explorer

The debut of the new 2020 Ford Explorer is definitely one of the most expected vehicle debuts of this year. It happened. President and CEO of Ford, Jim Hackett and Executive Vice President Jim Farley, presented the new car in Detroit in casual attire. Visually similar to its predecessor, the sixth generation Ford Explorer goes back to its roots with a rear wheel drive platform, longitudinal engine layout, and far more athletic appearance than ever before.

I compiled a list of little-known facts about the new 2020 Ford Explorer that just shows how dedicated Ford engineers and designers have been with the creation of the most advanced Ford Explorer of all time.

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2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 GMC Acadia: How They Compare

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 GMC Acadia: How They Compare

Which is better: The Ford Explorer or GMC Acadia

The new, redesigned, Ford Explorer is here, and Ford touts it as an "adventure enabler." It’s got more room on the inside, more gizmos, and it can tow a heavier payload than before. But, as the mid-size crossover SUV segment gets busier and busier, the Explorer must execute to perfection in all areas to remain at the top of the pile. One of its competitors will be GMC’s Acadia.

Ford launched the new, sixth-generation, Explorer at an event at Ford Field in Detroit on Wednesday. The automaker says its focus has been on the customer 100%, trying to see what are the areas that the customers are most displeased with and then eliminating these "pain points." The result, Ford says, is a "reinvented" Explorer. Let’s see how well it stacks up against the soon-to-be 3-year-old GMC Acadia.

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2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer

An SUV icon gets a sixth generation

The 2020 Ford Explorer is one of the most recognizable nameplates in the SUV segment, and arguably one of the first models to establish the segment outright. These days, the Explorer is getting close to 30 years old, but it’s still one of the best-selling SUVs out there. Now Ford is offering a fresh sixth-generation for the 2020 model year, introducing a more diverse model lineup, additional muscle under the hood, a more capacious interior, and the very latest technology bits as well.

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Ford Tries to Be a Big Player, Schedules Standalone Event for Debuting the 2020 Ford Explorer

Ford Tries to Be a Big Player, Schedules Standalone Event for Debuting the 2020 Ford Explorer

It will take place on January 9, the week before the NAIAS opens its doors

The sixth generation of the Ford Explorer will be unveiled at a media-only event that will be held at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions NFL team, the week before the Detroit Auto Show opens its doors. Ford will also exhibit the new Explorer at the NAIAS, potentially next to the new Escape.

Ford’s confirming in a way that the decision to move the Detroit Auto Show to a June date makes sense. The American automaker recently sent invitations to the media for the launch event of the highly-awaited Explorer SUV that will take place on January 9. Thereafter, expect to see the Explorer in showrooms in the first half of 2019.

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Ford is Dragging Its Feet on the New Bronco, Will Debut the new F-150 and Explorer First

Ford is Dragging Its Feet on the New Bronco, Will Debut the new F-150 and Explorer First

The Bronco could arrive in 2020

After years of speculation, Ford finally confirmed that a new-generation Bronco will be unveiled soon. However, a new report claims that FoMoCo isn’t in a big hurry to launch the SUV and may have opted to roll out the new-generation F-150 pickup truck instead.

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If You Don't Like Cops, You're Going to Hate this 2020 Ford Interceptor SUV

If You Don’t Like Cops, You’re Going to Hate this 2020 Ford Interceptor SUV

The Officers’ car seems to be better than its predecessor in all aspects

We knew that the next-gen police cruiser from the Blue Oval was in works. Finally, we have something to show for. A set of new spy photos of the Ford Explorer in uniform have surfaced the net. From what we see under the camouflage, we have to admit that the fear-inducing machine looks even better now.

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport by MAD Industries

2018 Ford Explorer Sport by MAD Industries

The Ford Explorer on Massive 24-inch Wheels And Two-Tone paint job somehow manages to look radiant and positive

One of the Ford Utility Concepts scheduled to debut at the SEMA this month is a rather fashionable piece finished by MAD Industries. This California-based tuner has worked with Ford numerous times before usually tuning cars for the SEMA. This time is no different as they have revealed a custom Ford Explorer with a cool two-tone exterior paint job. Now, I have to tell you that, at first glance, the MAD Industries Explorer looks a bit like a Range Rover. Maybe the Evoque.

Nevertheless, there is much more to it than that. MAD Industries did a thorough job refreshing the Explorer inside and out.

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2018 Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition

2018 Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition

Special edition Explorer adds a splash of luxury to the SUV

In a state where SUVs rule the roads, Ford dropped four larger-than-life special edition SUVs at the 2018 Texas State Fair. One of the four models is the Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, a unique take on the popular Explorer SUV that adds appearance upgrades on the vehicle’s exterior and interior. The Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition is joined by the Explorer Desert Copper Edition and a pair of Expedition special editions — the Expedition Stealth Edition and the Expedition Texas Edition — in the annual fair.

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Ford Reveals Fastest Police Vehicle In America

Ford Reveals Fastest Police Vehicle In America

You don’t want to see this police cruiser in your rear-view mirrors

Ford has released the Police Interceptor Utility, considered by the Michigan State Police as the fastest police car available for 2019. The new Interceptor is based on the yet-to-be-unveiled Explorer SUV. It replaces the outgoing Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility model and the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility is more than just a fast law enforcement vehicle; it’s also loaded with state-of-the-art technology the likes of which the production version of the new Explorer won’t have. That comes with the territory of being a cop car.

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Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition

Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition

For those who want a well-dressed Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer was well-represented at the 2018 Texas State Fair after Ford brought a pair of special edition versions, including the Explorer Desert Copper Edition. Created to diversify its Explorer lineup, the Desert Copper Edition is based on the XLT trim of the SUV. The special edition Explorer comes with a number of upgrades in the exterior and interior. The automaker hasn’t said if the Explorer Desert Copper is going to be available to the public, but with the popularity of SUVs these days, don’t be surprised if the Explorer Desert Copper Edition arrives in a dealership near you sooner than later.

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10 Best 3-Row SUVs of 2018

10 Best 3-Row SUVs of 2018

Find out which is the roomiest

SUVs rose to popularity in the early 2000s, with customers being drawn to their large cabins, higher ride height, and perceived safety. The fact that automakers scored bigger profit margins from them also contributed to the surge. Starting in 2015, sales of SUVs started dominating the auto industry, and carmakers began building them in all shapes and sizes. But, while you can buy everything from compacts to full-size vehicles with taller ride height, three-row SUVs are limited to only midsize and large SUVs.

It’s obviously a matter of practicality here. And, while most haulers aren’t exactly practical, three-row vehicles retain one of the most important features of original SUVs: the ability to carry more than five people. With minivans almost extinct, the three-row SUV is arguably the most practical of its kind. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the ten best three-row SUVs you can buy today and compare what they offer in terms of features, power, and third-row practicality.

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The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee Fail Miserably in Recent IIHS Crash Testing

The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee Fail Miserably in Recent IIHS Crash Testing

It’s not the kind of news that both SUVs want to attached to

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has flagged the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee after both SUVs scored an overall rating of “poor” in the agency’s recent crash test examination. According to results of the passenger-side small overlap front crash tests, both SUVs showed a high risk of injury to a front passenger with potentially fatal ramifications.

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Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline

Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline

New generation will return to rear-wheel drive

An anonymous source within Ford in conjunction with confirmed speculation suggests the next-generation Ford Explorer will return to a rear-wheel-drive architecture and come with four new engine options, one of which will offer more than 400 horsepower in a sporterized ST variant.

The news comes from The Truth About Cars, which speculated about the rear-drive platform some time ago. TTACs insider source then revealed details about the next-generation Explorer’s powertrain options, along with the new ST trim. This follows Ford’s recent release of the Edge ST – a two-row crossover gussied up by Ford Performance with 335 horsepower and a stiff suspension. The same is expected with the Explorer ST, but with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 currently used in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. In the Lincolns, the engine makes an even 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. The insider source says power will likely increase since the V-6 will be longitudinally mounted in the new rear-drive Explorer.

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Ford Says 2011-2017 Explorers Are Safe, But Will Fix Them Anyway

Ford Says 2011-2017 Explorers Are Safe, But Will Fix Them Anyway

Customer concerns over leaking exhaust fumes cited as reason behind voluntary servicing

The Ford Explorer recently made headlines due to exhaust fumes entering the cabin and making people nauseous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received more than 2,400 reports on the issue, with at least 41 citing injuries and three reporting crashes due to the ill effects of the carbon monoxide fumes on the 2011 through 2017 Explorer. However, investigations by the NHTSA and Ford turned up no significant changes in CO levels in the cabin. Well, except for Police Interceptor models. Ford says the issue stems from aftermarket up-fit companies leaving unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment. Still, Ford says it will fix any of the 1.3 million affected Explorers at the owner’s request, despite Ford calling the vehicles safe.

Ford’s voluntary service is free to Explorer owners regardless of the warranty status or vehicle mileage. The fix includes reprogramming the air conditioner, replacing the liftgate drain valves, and inspecting the sealing of the rear of the vehicle. Ford dealerships will begin offering this service starting November 1, 2017, and will continue through December 31, 2018. Of the Explorers built in that 2011 through 2017 timeframe, roughly 1.3 million are in the U.S., 84,000 are in Canada, and 24,000 are in Mexico.

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2017 Ford Explorer – Driven

2017 Ford Explorer – Driven

The iconic SUV for the modern family

Okay, mom and dad – you need a vehicle that can carry six or seven people, but isn’t a minivan. What left on the menu? Three-row crossovers and SUVs, of course. And which SUV has been SUVing longer than most? Yep, the Ford Explorer. It debuted back in 1991 and has evolved from a utilitarian two-row brute to a plush,

luxury

lined, power-everything family hauler. The current generation has been around since 2011 and received a mid-cycle refresh for 2016, which brought the high-end Platinum trim with Lincoln-like levels of refinement and the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Nothing changes for 2017, but that didn’t stop me from spending a week with Ford’s grandest mid-size SUV. The Explorer is sandwiched between the smaller Ford Edge and the body-on-frame, F-150-based Ford Expedition. The Platinum trim comes equipped with nearly every major option as standard, only leaving customers to choose from the $695 second-row bucket seats, the accompanying $150 center console, and the $1,995 rear-seat entertainment package. Fitted with all but the rear TVs, my Ruby Red tester stickered at $55,420. That’s a sizable price for a family hauler, but few SUVs come packed with such utility mixed with luxury backed by a name with heritage.

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Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Exactly three Escapes and four Explorers are affected

Ford just issued two of the smallest safety compliance recalls in history. The automaker has reason to believe three 2016 Escape crossovers and four Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles left the factory with defects, which could potentially cause harm to users. These laughably small recalls are juxtaposed against another recall announced at the same time. This one affects 402,000 Transit vans built between 2015 and 2017. While these larger recalls have seemingly become “business as usual” for automakers, it’s rare to hear a voluntarily recall for vehicles in the single digits.

In fact, only BMW has Ford beat, according to online information. It recalled a single – one, uno, 1.0 – 2017 X3 xDrive28i back in October of 2016 for an issue with its electronic power steering. Of course, I’m not counting boutique automakers with relatively tiny production numbers like McLaren, Pagani, and Koenigsegg. At the opposite end of the recall spectrum, the ongoing Takata airbag recall has entangled more than two-dozen automakers and nearly 70 million vehicles. The recall began in 2013 due to faulty inflators that could explode upon airbag deployment, sending metal shrapnel into passengers’ faces. Sadly, at least 11 deaths and more than 150 injuries have been reported in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, Ford has no reports of injuries resulting from the Explorer, Escape, or Transit van. So what exactly is prompting these recalls? Keep reading to find out.

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport

2018 Ford Explorer Sport

The definition of a mild refresh…

The Ford Explorer has defined the American SUV segment for more than two decades, having debuted for the 1991 model year. Changes both big and small have kept the Explorer, well, exploring urban and rural landscapes across the U.S. with big sales figures sliding across Ford’s bean counters’ desks. But of all those updates, Ford’s latest might be the smallest. Insignificant? Not really, but you’d have to be a fanboy to spot the differences.

Headlining the changes for the 2018 model year is a slightly reworked exterior, new active safety equipment packages, and more choices with four new colors and five new wheel designs. These changes made their debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

These modifications to the Explorer come in response to market research Ford says indicates the crossover and SUV segments will be the fastest-growing of all segments over the next few years, soon accounting for more than 45 percent of all non-luxury vehicles sold in the U.S. While that’s not surprising, Ford says millennials and baby boomers are leading the way. Of course, Ford says it will be ready to meet this growth thanks to its new lineup of crossovers and SUVs. These include the EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Expedition.

The revised 2018 Explorer is expected to hit showrooms this fall, with pricing staying mostly stagnate with current 2017 Explorer pricing. Keep reading for the full run-down of the changes for 2018.

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Retro Review: Motor Week looks at the 1996 Ford Explorer

Retro Review: Motor Week looks at the 1996 Ford Explorer

America’s SUV get big V-8 power

The Ford Explorer started life for the 1991 model year and soldiered on nearly unchanged though 1994. A major overhaul for the 1995 model year brought a more sculpted body with curves rather than angles. Its cushy new interior took after Ford’s sedan lineup, featuring familiar switchgear and even dual front air bags coming standard. It was the 1996 model year, however, that the Explorer really came into its own.

Optional was Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8. As Motor Week points out, the V-8 block and camshaft are borrowed form the 1996 F-150 pickup, while the intake manifold is borrowed from the Mustang GT. This gave the pushrod engine a then-respectable 210 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. While those numbers are laughable in modern times, the Explorer proved to be two seconds quicker to 60 mph over its V-6 version. What’s more, the Explorer’s competition couldn’t boast engine spec any more admirable.

The old-school engine came mated to an old-school transmission, too. It was Ford’s venerable four-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive came standard, but a full-time 4WD system with low range was available.

The Explorer came in two versions: the standard five-door model, like the one seen here, and a more fun three-door variant. Both offered seating for five passengers, though entry and exit was more difficult in the three-door version. Ford also provided front seat passengers with relatively impressive seats. They featured power adjustments for lumbar support and side bolstering. A manually telescoping thigh support made taller occupants happy.

Pricing for the 1996 Explorer makes us long for the good ole days. It carried a base price of $25,425. Fully loaded with every option, the price jumped 10 grand to $35,000.

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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

Winners and losers from CAS 2016, plus what went missing

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

Continue reading for the Best and Worst In Show at CAS 2016.

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2016 Ford BraunAbility MXV

2016 Ford BraunAbility MXV

Wheelchair mobility enters the SUV category

Traditionally, if you needed a vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair, you had two options: a full-size van or minivan. Thankfully those days are over. Mobility outfitter BraunAbility, along with Ford, have come together to offer this, the BraunAbility MXV. It’s based on the current Ford Explorer and offers all modern accessibility features, along with the go-anywhere capability and popular styling of the Explorer.

"We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly respected brand like BraunAbility," said Omar Odeh, Ford marketing manager. "Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation."

BraunAbility modifies the Explorer’s floor, removes the second-row seats, and creates a proprietary swinging rear door. A low floor height allows for a narrow ramp angle for easy entry and exit, while a customizable floor allows for different seating configurations. Wheelchair users are able to either ride or drive the BraunAbility MXV. The Explorer’s controls can be modified, including a sliding feature for the gear selector.

What’s more, the key fob controls the swinging rear door and ramp for easy access. The Explorer’s 5,000-pound towing capacity remains, giving further utility beyond the typical minivan.

The BraunAbility MXV upfit is available with the Explorer’s Base, XLT, and Limited trim levels, giving customers a wide range of features and pricing. It comes powered by the 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and sending power to the front wheels, the Explorer carries an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined.

The BraunAbility MXV is produced at BraunAbility’s facility in Winamac, Indiana and is sold at more than 200 dealers across the U.S.

Updated 02/12/2016: We added a series of new images of the new BraunAbility MXV taken during its official unveiling at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford BraunAbility MXV.

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2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package

Ford adds a new appearance package to the Explorer XLT to make a sixth trim level in the Explorer lineup

It wasn’t that long ago that that increasing gas prices almost killed off the SUV market. We traded in our Ford Explorers and Dodge Durangos for more fuel efficient cars like the Honda Civic or the Ford Focus. Just a few years later, the SUV market has rebounded with a vengeance. As the interest in SUVs continue to grow, manufacturers are starting to offer more and more variants of the SUVs in their lineups. Today, the manufacturer in the spotlight is Ford and its release of a new trim level for the Ford Explorer.

Currently, the Explorer is offered in five trims – Base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. According to Ford, Explorer buyers are interesting in unique models, with the Explorer Sport and Explorer Platinum accounting for 30 percent of Explorer sales in the U.S. market. Due to that interest, Ford will now be offering the Ford Explorer Sport Appearance Package.

Ford’s Explorer brand marketing manager, Omar Odeh, says, “Our Sport Appearance philosophy is rooted in the fact that we know exterior appearance is the No. 1 consideration in SUV purchase decisions. The XLT Sport Appearance Package is a dramatic offering that gives customers another attractive option.”

The XLT Sport Appearance trim is set to join the Explorer lineup sometime this summer, with its little brother – the 2017 Ford Escape – also receiving a similar addition to its lineup. So, now that Ford has spilled the beans, let’s take a look at what the Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package brings to the lineup.

Updated 02/12/2016: We added a series of new images of the new Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package taken during its official unveiling at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package.

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Ford's Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Ford’s Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Police vehicles have to serve a number of purposes. They need to have enough space to facilitate transporting suspects and all of the gear officers use on a daily basis. They also need to be safe to protect suspects and officers, if an unfortunate accident happens. Just as important, however, is how well they can perform when an officer has to put his foot down and engage in pursuit of a suspect. For reasons like this, Police departments routinely test and compare their different police cruisers against each other.

Recently, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police took the time to do just that. What sounds like a routine police department exercise, actually looks more like a fun day at the track for some of the officers. They have tested 0 to 60 mph times, 0 to 100 mph times, vehicle to speed, and even braking times. It is interesting to see how police cruisers stacked up against one another, and we have the results, but the real question is: How do they compare against other cars on the road?

Some of the police cruisers tested include the Chevy Caprice Interceptor, and the Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan and Utility Interceptors. The L.A.S.D. and the M.S.P. didn’t provide results outside of how the police cruisers performed amongst one another, but here at Topspeed, we’ve taken the time to compare them to some higher-end cars from the same manufacturers. So, now that the results are in, let’s take a look.

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Ford Moves Lincoln Production To Make Room For The Explorer

Ford Moves Lincoln Production To Make Room For The Explorer

Ford appears to be making decisions on production schedules and placement regarding the popular Explorer SUV and its Police Interceptor derivative, and in the process, is affecting several sedans including the Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and upcoming Continental.

The automaker is working to free up production space within its Chicago Assembly Plant to accommodate for the increased sales of the Explorer – a vehicle Ford suspects will sell even better as the refreshed 2016 model begins rolling on dealer lots. Currently the Chicago plant produces the Taurus and Explorer, along with both vehicles’ Police Interceptor counterparts, and the Lincoln MKS.

It is the MKS that will make room for greater Explorer production numbers as the Lincoln is phased out in 2016. The MKS shares its platform with the Taurus and will be replaced by the upcoming Continental.

Since the Continental rides on a modified version of the Fusion’s platform, Ford will likely slot its production for the Flat Rock, Michigan plant where the Fusion is currently built.

Ford says Explorer sales are up some 15 percent so far this year. That’s compared to the 30 percent sales decline for the Taurus and 19 percent drop for the MKS. Last year Ford built 284,993 Explorer, and with the extra production capacity, that number will likely rise about 300,000.

What’s more, Ford has cut its regularly scheduled two-week summer shutdown back to one week at several of its production facilities, including Chicago, to help meet customer demand.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The boys in blue are getting an updated version of their Ford Explorer, the Police Interceptor Utility. The changes follow those of the revised civilian version due out for 2016, with a reworked front and rear fascia and an updated interior.

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2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer

Originally introduced for the 1991 model year as a midsize SUV to replace the Bronco II, the Ford Explorer quickly became one of the most popular utility vehicles in America. Sporting a traditional body-on-frame design and powered by a 4.0-liter V-6, the first-gen Explorer was replaced in 1994. New redesigns followed in 2000, 2005 and 2010, when the fifth-generation model was launched with a modern unibody platform. Designed by former Land Rover designer Jim Holland, the fifth-gen Explorer was also the first iteration to ditch the boxy styling of its predecessor and received a host of new convenience features. The Sport trim level joined the lineup for 2013, but other than that the Explorer remained relatively unchanged in its first five years on the market. As we move onto a new model year, the current fifth-gen Explorer is getting ready to retire and make way for a facelifted version.

Launched at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and scheduled to go on sale in mid-2015, the revised Explorer boasts revised front and rear fascias and a somewhat new design language that adds more ruggedness to its sporty appearance. The new Explorer also received an updated interior, and, more importantly, a brand-new trim level with added luxury and premium features. A brand-new engine is also on the table, as Ford decided to offer the 2.3-liter EcoBoost that debuted on the Lincoln MKC for the Explorer hoping to attract more fuel conscious buyers. Read all about it after the jump.

Updated 11/26/2014: Ford revealed prices for the new Explorer which was unveiled the other days at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Prices will range from $30,700 for the base version and up to $52,600 for the Platinum version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Ford Explorer.

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Lincoln Considers RWD Crossover

Lincoln Considers RWD Crossover

There’s been a lot of talk about Ford working on a brand-new, rear-wheel-drive sedan, while Lincoln is also reportedly pondering a RWD sedan based on the 2015 Mustang’s platform. A new report from The Truth About Cars says Lincoln is indeed developing a rear-wheel-drive model, but it seems the vehicle won’t be a traditional sedan. According to TTAC, the luxury mark wants to develop a crossover, so it can expand its presence in this ever-growing segment.

Our source here also speculates the yet unnamed Lincoln will be based on the next-generation Explorer. This means the new vehicle isn’t scheduled to arrive before the 2018 model year, when the redesigned Explorer will go on sale. While there are no styling or technology details about the upcoming Lincoln crossover, we expect the next-gen Explorer to endure extensive cosmetic surgery. Motivation is likely to be provided by a couple of EcoBoost engines mated to Ford’s future nine-speed automatic transmission.

Note: Lincoln MKX Concept Crossover pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Lincoln’s upcoming RWD crossover.

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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2014 - 2015 Ford Explorer

2014 - 2015 Ford Explorer

Ford unveiled the Explorer back in 1990, and since this debut, the Explorer has seen five generations. The latest of these generations came in 2011.

The fifth-generation Explorer moved on a new D4 platform, a modified version of the D3 platform that is also used for Flex and Taurus. With this shift in platforms, the Explorer also received a completely revised exterior, a new line of engines and an interior that is both refined and very user friendly.

Like with pretty much all the other models in Ford’s lineup, the 2014 Explorer is offered in three trim levels: base, XLT and Limited, with prices starting from $29,600 plus $895 destination and delivery charges.

For 2014, the modifications given to the Explorer are minimal, and include a few new exterior colors and the shuffling of standard features.

Updated 06/13/2014: Ford released today details on the 2015 Explorer which will be available at dealers later this month. For 2015, Explorer will get a new appearance package for the XLT version, three new exterior colors, new 18-inch aluminum wheels and Class III trailer tow package offered as standard on Explorer Sport.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Explorer.

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2014 Ford Explorer Sport

2014 Ford Explorer Sport

The 2014 Ford Explorer Sport is a welcome addition to the TopSpeed Garage with its racy 20-inch wheels and twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Taurus SHO enhancements transform the Explorer package from just a family-friendly AWD seven-seater into a taut performance machine that is both fun to drive and luxurious on the road.

The $40,000 Sport comes in as the top Explorer trim level, and the only one to get the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Dozens of performance and luxury enhancements join the potent powerplant: a sport-tuned suspension, huge vented disc brakes with front and rear performance calipers, dark-tinted headlights and a gloss-black grille round out the exterior mods for this performance variant.

The changes extend indoors as well, where the Explorer Sport is the pick of the range with leather-trimmed, heated sports buckets up front. Standard MyFord Touch by Sony and a powerful stereo join the fun, as do illuminated scuff plates and custom Sport badging.

As one of the best-known Ford nameplates, the Explorer lost its coveted spot as the default midsize SUV over the early 2000s following the introduction of the BMW X5 and a host of other truly premium models.

This latest all-new generation of Explorer has evolutionary styling but a sophisticated unibody design to replace the old Explorer’s body-on-frame construction.

After years in the doldrums, the Explorer Sport’s engine brings the magic back with a globally-competitive crossover package that can comfortably seat seven people and deliver 22 mpg on the highway.

The turbo power of the Explorer Sport trim helps the Ford stand apart from the segment-leading Buick Enclave and Nissan Pathfinder – but is the Ford’s fun-to-drive nature enough to reclaim buyers seeking a premium seven-passenger crossover?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Ford Explorer Sport, including a video walkthrough of the car’s interior at start up and during the 0-60 sprint.

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Sport SUV Comparison: Haulin' Tail and the Family

Sport SUV Comparison: Haulin’ Tail and the Family

We spend loads of time reviewing sports and supercars that we tend to forget all about the SUV realm. Back in the 1980s, when the SUV was just starting to become the new fad, there were no performance models to speak of.

In the 1990s, we caught a glimpse of out first true performance SUV, as the GMC Typhoon hit the market in very limited numbers. The Typhoon boasted stout numbers, as GM managed to pump a full 280 ponies from its typically underwhelming 4.3-liter engine. To boot, the Typhoon is still competitive today – in terms of speed – as it hots 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and clears the quarter in 14.1 ticks.

Unfortunately, the Typhoon was only a 2-door model and lacked the typical SUV utility. GMC also produced a little over 4,000 examples, so they were and remain very scarce. What’s cool though, is just how closely matched the Typhoon still is when compared to today’s performance SUVs. It’ll never beat the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT or the Porsche Cayenne, but it can certainly hold its own pretty well, especially for a 19-year-old SUV.

We took a look at the current world of performance SUVs to figure out who is top dog. Click past the jump to find out the results.

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2001 - 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

2001 - 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

The first generation Ford Explorer Sport Trac was launched in 2001 and it was placed between the Ford Ranger and Ford F-Series.

The vehicle was based on the small Ranger pickup and was available only on the North American market. The Explorer Sport Trac was basically a crew cab midsized pickup that went head to head with models like the Honda Ridgeline and Chevrolet Avalanche.

The Explorer Sport Trac was received with opened arms by the market and after the launch the sales were booming. The vehicle was also the first body on frame sport utility truck.

The truck features GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 6250 lbs which is better than any other mid-sized pickup available on the market. Unfortunately, after only two generations, the model was discontinued in 2010.

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Car Infographics: Automotive Fantasy Football Lineup

Car Infographics: Automotive Fantasy Football Lineup

Okay, so there are two things that I really love, besides my family and close friends, of course. Those two things are cars (obviously) and football. With my love of football comes my love of fantasy football, much to my wife’s chagrin.

Well, the folks over at Shopautoweek have taken both of my loves and put them together in the form of automotive fantasy football. They chose a lineup of cars to make up the offensive side of a football team.

The team consists of a full assortment of offensive linemen, which you actually don’t have in most fantasy football leagues: a quarterback, fullback, running back, tight end, and two wide receivers. They even went as far as putting out a scouring report listing why they selected each car for these respective positions.

We do disagree with some of their selections, but overall it is a good effort. So check out the full infographic after the jump and let us know in the comments section what cars you would put on your team.

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