The Explorer has been on the mid-sized SUV scene for nearly two full decades and has come to define the segment. The Explorer gets a thorough revision for 2011, with more fuel-efficient engines, a weight-saving design, the addition of advanced safety systems and a strong slate of technology equipment. A new V6 engine is expected to deliver 20 percent better fuel economy than the 2010 model, and the available EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine should do 30 percent better. The exterior facelift the Explorer received isn't all for looks, it also improved aerodynamics to assist in lowering the gas mileage. The overall quality of the Explorer has been improved this year, visible in details like tight margin gaps. Engineers also worked to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness in the cabin to produce the quietest Explorer yet.
Updated engines deliver better fuel economy; segment-leading safety innovations; Ford's SYNC system
While improving the quality, fuel economy, safety, and technology of the Explorer, Ford didn't forget that this is one of the company's best-selling SUVs. New this year is an intelligent 4-whel drive system that allows the driver to select for driving conditions, and it can tow up to 5000 pounds. The price has dropped for the 2011 Explorer-- its base price is $1000 less expensive than a similarly equipped 2010 edition.
Select a 2011 Ford Explorer trim level
Utility 4D 2WD
Utility 4D 4WD
Utility 4D Limited 2WD
Utility 4D Limited 4WD
Utility 4D XLT 2WD
Utility 4D XLT 4WD