2016 Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer

Ford rolled out the 2016 version of its popular midsize crossover SUV at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. In addition to a styling facelift and the addition of a line-topping Platinum trim level, the 2016 Explorer gets a new available EcoBoost engine and a host of new technology features.

Forgotten Trim Level: 2003-2004 Ford Explorer NBX

The new engine is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, which replaces the 2.0-liter version in the current Explorer. Ford is promising at least 270 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque from the new powerplant, which handily beats the 2.0’s respective ratings of 240 and 270. New technology features include front and rear cameras with washers, a robust park-assist system that includes perpendicular park assist and semi-automatic parallel parking, a hands-free power liftgate, and active grille shutters that close to reduce drag at highway speeds.

The Platinum model includes posh features such as upgraded interior trim with Nirvana leather, a high-end 500-watt Sony Audio System, dual-panel sunroof, and uniquely finished 20-inch wheels.

The 2016 Ford Explorer is set to go on sale in summer 2015.

CG Says:

It’s not really in the news much anymore, but this Ford midsize SUV (one of three) continues to be a big seller. The raft of updates for 2016 should help that trend continue. The styling facelift gives the new Explorer a slightly more angular, aggressive look, and the added technology features help it stay at the forefront of comfort and convenience. The Platinum model should elevate the Explorer to a new level of luxury for customers willing to pay what will certainly be a substantial price premium.

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