Editors' Page: 2016 Ford Explorer

By KBB.com Editors on October 1, 2015 8:43 AM


An SUV Icon Gets Fresh

Decades after it debuted, the father of the modern SUV remains the best-seller in a segment that has never been more competitive. Boasting fresh styling and new engine options for 2016, the Explorer's balanced nature is among its strongest attributes. The Explorer has come a long way from its rugged roots, and rides comfortably atop a plethora of high-tech safety, entertainment and convenience features designed to suit everyone.

Driving It

"The standard 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 in the Ford Explorer is fine for most people, offering decent power and acceptable fuel economy. The new 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine makes a good argument for itself though. Despite being a little down on power compared to the V6, the EcoBoost four offers notably more torque, and can now be had with all-wheel drive. We expect this engine to be the choice for many buyers." Find out more in our 2016 Ford Explorer full review.

V6 is the New V8

In addition to a 290-horsepower V6 comparable in power and efficiency with the other underhood offerings in the class, the latest Explorer offers two unique engine alternatives: a new fuel-sipping 270-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a road-ripping 365-horsepower turbocharged V6.

The Kitchen Sync

Ford was an infotainment pioneer with its Sync system, and continued innovation has resulted in one of the most comprehensive systems in the business -- and a few growing pains along the way. Ford's promising new Sync 3 system is not yet available on the Explorer.

Going Platinum

The Explorer is available in new-for-2016 Platinum trim. This top-of-the-line model comes with available features such as the 365-horsepower V6, a dual-panel moonroof, premium Sony sound system, 20-inch wheels and several safety and lux convenience options exclusive to Platinum buyers.

Build and Price

The 2016 Ford Explorer starts just over $31,000 and tops out on the other side of $55,000. Build and price your own 2016 Ford Explorer to get this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Midsize SUVs

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