2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

Pros: Broad range of available safety features; impressively quiet cabin; good fuel economy with EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine

Cons: Finicky MyFord Touch control interface; tight second-row seat; feels a bit cumbersome in close quarters; prices rise quickly as options are added

CG Says: The 2016 Ford Explorer has revised styling and suspension. Added this year is a new topline Platinum model powered by a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. The available¬†turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine has been replaced by a more powerful turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder unit. The new 4-cylinder is available with all-wheel drive, whereas the old four was front-drive only. Explorer is a very nice 7-passenger crossover that unfortunately competes with several other very nice 7-passenger crossovers. Regrettably perhaps, Explorer’s most memorable feature may be the MyFord Touch control interface that has frustrated our testers. Overall though, this Ford does a good job balancing the rugged attributes of an SUV with the more car-like dynamics expected of today’s crossover vehicles. The same is true for most of its rivals though, and they often cost less.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2WD Base: $31,050
AWD Base: $33,050
2WD XLT: $33,400
AWD XLT: $35,400
2WD Limited: $41,300
AWD Limited: $43,300
AWD Sport: $43,500
AWD Platinum: $52,970

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
280
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
365
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

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2016 Ford Explorer Sport