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2011 Ford Explorer

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When you mention Ford Explorer, people don’t seem to get too excited. Most have visions of SUVs flipping over during the Firestone tire fiasco, but the 2011 model has no relation to the outgoing generation, which was very long in the tooth. For 2011, Ford has redesigned the Explorer from the ground up, and not only is it pretty to look at, it offers a totally different driving experience.

Offered with only one engine for now, the new 2011 Explorer comes standard with Ford’s 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, delivering an estimated 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. Available in front-wheel drive as standard, my tester is equipped with the optional 4WD system, which offers a vast array of selectable terrain modes which I will cover later.

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Expect a 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine to be offered in the Explorer as well, in the near future. The V6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and is capable of towing up to 5,000lbs.

Features in my tester are perhaps a little too numerous to list. On top of the well-equipped standard model, my tester is equipped with the Navigation, Luxury and Technology packages. These offer features such as a power folding third row (Luxury Package), BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support.

Other standard features on the Limited edition include dual-zone climate control, rear-view camera, remote start, MyFord Touch, Intelligent Access with push-button start, adjustable pedals with memory and powerfold sideview mirrors with driver’s side memory.

2011 Ford Explorer Limited
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $50,449

For more information on Ford and the Explorer visit Ford Canada

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