2016 Ford Explorer

 
2016 Ford Explorer
 
2016 Ford Explorer
 

2016 Ford Explorer

MSRP 
$31,645
Invoice 
$30,458
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 290 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Ford Explorer

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • 911 Assist Emergency S.O.S
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera w/Washer
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD/MP3 Capable -inc: 6 speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • SYNC -inc: enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system, 911 Assist, 4.2" LCD screen in center stack, AppLink and (1) smart charging USB port in the Media Hub
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" Painted Aluminum
    • Tires: P245/60R18 AS BSW
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Gray Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 7 Person Seating Capacity
    • Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Auxiliary Rear Heater and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Full Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 (FFV) -inc: Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) system is standard equipment for vehicles w/the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine shipped to Federal Emissions States or Cross Border State dealers and is only available w/a Federal emissions system, (FFV system not available w/code 422 and requires code 936 or 423 if applicable for California Emissions State dealer destinations).Cross border states include AZ, DC, ID, NH, NV, OH, VA, WV Not standard equipment in CA Emissions States.
    • Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic
    • 3.39 Non-Limited-Slip Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 6,160 lbs
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 58-Amp/Hr 650CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 175 Amp Alternator
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 80.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 43.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 21
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 650
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 175
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - 998-1
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/213
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 290 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 255 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 112.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 198.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 78.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 67
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 67
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 151.7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 61.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 57.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 40.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 61
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 56.8
    • Third Head Room (in) - 37.8
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 32
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 40.7
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 24
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.2
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Ford Explorer
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 300
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 44J
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.48
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.87
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.84
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.41
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.88
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.39
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 9.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4443
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Ford Explorer Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Blue Jeans Metallic Ingot Silver Metallic Oxford White Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Shadow Black
  • Blue Jeans Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Shadow Black

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Introduction

The 2016 Ford Explorer is the 25th anniversary model. How time flies. We remember when the Explorer was a newborn. It was 174 inches long and weighed 3800 pounds. Today it’s 24 inches longer and 620 pounds heavier. In the beginning, its V6 had 155 horsepower and got 17 mpg; today it has nearly twice as much horsepower and gets 20 mpg. Then it had a 5-speed manual, now a 6-speed automatic. Then it was rear-wheel drive, now it’s front-wheel drive. There’s no comparison, safety-wise. Today’s Explorer seats seven and can tow 5000 pounds. And believe it or not, the 2016 Explorer is $3500 less expensive in today’s dollars.

For its silver anniversary, the 2016 Explorer gets a makeover of its front and rear end, including LED headlamps and taillights; retuned suspension and electric power steering; some new features, and more quiet inside.

The blowout over the years has been in efficient horsepower, with Ford’s four- and six-cylinder twin-turbo EcoBoost engines. For 2016 there’s a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that makes 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 making 290 horsepower and 220 pound-feet. There’s also a killer EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 that makes a 365 hp and 350 lb-ft.

Today’s Explorer handles everything a family can throw at it. It does everything we want a mid-sized crossover to do. It welcomes a lot of people with their stuff, comfortably and efficiently. The base V6 rates an EPA-estimated 17/24/20 mpg City/Highway/Combined; the four-cylinder twin turbo EcoBoost gets 19/28/22, and the 365-hp V6 gets 15/22/18. Notice that’s still better fuel mileage than the original 1991 Explorer, while delivering 135 percent more power.

Explorer earns five stars overall in NHTSA crash tests, and a Top Safety Pick from IIHS. It would have gotten an extra +, but it only scored Marginal in the insurance industry’s new frontal crash test into a pole.

Lineup

The 2016 Ford Explorer comes in base ($30,700), XLT ($33,400), Limited ($41,300), Sport ($43,300), and new Platinum ($52,600) trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard on base, XLT and Limited; four-wheel drive is available for about $2000. (All prices are MSRP.)

The standard Explorer is well equipped, including a rearview camera (with washer) and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. XLT adds heavy-duty brake calipers, fog lamps, and other things; Limited gets the luxury like perforated leather, heated and cooled front seats, hands-free liftgate, and rosewood trim.

Sport and Platinum models both come with the 365-hp V6 and 4WD. Sport models get a firmer suspension, dual exhaust tips, and leather with red stitching. Also a tow package. Way cool for the races. Platinum models get soft Nirvana leather, heated wood steering wheel, premium Sony sound system, and a big moonroof.

Walkaround

The Explorer’s body looks more smoothly finished than ever, with clean edges and an overall soft appearance, even with sharp corners. All the sheetmetal has been changed except for the sides, although the rear pillars are reshaped. The mesh grille is higher and more defined, while the LED headlamps have a chunky look to them. There’s a new spoiler at the rear, and exhaust tips integrated into the fascia.

Even two feet longer and way thicker, it’s still an Explorer. The tall body, generous glass, ad three-bar grille distinguish it, as much as its outline.

Interior

There are finally real buttons on the instrument panel, replacing some of the problematic MyFord Touch buttons. It’s quieter inside thanks to tighter door seals, new engine mounts, and acoustic glass in all models except base.

The Explorer is designed for families, and for passenger space. The first- and second-row seats are among the most comfortable in the class, although the second row is low to the floor; and the third row is usable by adults. The armrests are high and soft. Power-folding seats are available.

Driving Impressions

The base V6 can accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 8.5 seconds, which is adequate but hardly neck-snapping; sometimes it feels like it limps up to speed. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four costs $995 more, and in addition to getting two more miles per gallon, it’s gutsy, less peaky, and more responsive, and sharper in acceleration than the V6; it should be, with tremendous torque of 310 pound-feet. The turbo four just feels like a better fit with the driving feel of the Explorer.

The 2.3-liter engine is new, replacing the previous 2.0-liter, adding 40 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque, to now bring 380 hp and 310 lb-ft. It’s also used in the Mustang and Lincoln MKC. It has a throaty sound that can be heard and enjoyed in the cabin. With the 6-speed transmission in Sport mode, it pulls out of corners with confidence.

The beast among the engine options, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with its 365 hp and 350 lb-ft, comes standard in Platinum and Sport models. It bursts from 0 to 60 in about 6.5 seconds; that still isn’t with the fast sport sedans, but it has a lot of weight to carry. The Sport also gets quicker steering, 20-inch wheels and tires, bigger brakes, a front strut tower brace, and stiffer stabilizer bar. Unfortunately, no paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic.

Remember Ford’s high-performance SHO models? The Explorer Sport is as close to an Explorer SHO as you can get.

Although paddle shifters aren’t available, one good thing about the six-speed automatic is that it will stay in the gear you tell it to, in manual mode and shifting with the lever on the center console. However the speed of the shifts is lax.

The changes in the electric power steering for 2016 vary according to models. In the base front-wheel drive it feels nimble and natural, almost like the smaller Ford Edge SUV. It carves into corners with zeal.

Explorers uses MacPherson struts with an isolated subframe in front, and independent multi-links in rear, with stabilizer bars at both ends. The changes in the suspension for 2016 also vary according to models. The damping is still firm, and the overall ride and handling with 4WD approaches the standards of a sport wagon; and that’s saying something, with a vehicle as tall as the Explorer. We can’t think of an SUV other than the Jeep Grand Cherokee that handles like this. Nothing from Chevy, Honda, Toyota or Nissan can match the Explorer’s road manners.

Because it is a crossover on a car chassis, the Explorer can’t match the Grand Cherokee on trails. Still, a Terrain Management system controls stability and enhances traction through it modes: Normal, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Snow. So the Explorer meets the needs of most SUV drivers; it can get seven people to just about any remote ski resort or fishing cabin.

Summary

The Explorer is smoother looking than ever, and offers a state-of-the art four cylinder engine that makes plenty of power and gets 22 mpg, a smooth six-speed transmission, and the best handling in its class.

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