2013 Ford Explorer Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$29,100-$40,780
$27,427-$38,027
17 /CITY / 24 /HWY
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What's New for 2013:

  • New knee air bag for front passenger
  • Optional inflatable rear seat belts
  • Next-generation MyFord Touch
  • Heated steering wheel is available
  • Optional auto-dimming HID headlights
  • New Explorer Sport trim with SHO engine

Exterior Features
Ford sells the Explorer in base, XLT, Limited and Sport trim levels. Each has a unique look, with the XLT gaining a chrome grille and fog lights, the Limited adding body-color trim and bigger aluminum wheels, and the Sport featuring a blacked-out grille and wheels.

Interior Features
The 7-passenger Explorer includes standard front and rear air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power side mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and a 6-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Optional Features
Depending on the trim level selected, the 2013 Explorer can be equipped with leather seats, Sync hands-free connectivity, MyFord Touch infotainment system, Active Park Assist, Sony premium audio system, navigation system, rear DVD player with dual headrest screens, Intelligent Access with push-button start, power liftgate, power-folding  third-row seat, and more.

Under the Hood

All 2013 Explorer trims, except for the Sport, are equipped with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 290 horsepower. A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is optional, generating 240 horsepower. The new Explorer Sport is equipped with the same engine as the Taurus SHO, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 preliminarily rated to make 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on all 2013 Explorer trims, and includes paddle shifters on the new Explorer Sport. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard and 4-wheel drive (4WD) with a Terrain Management System and hill-descent control is optional for all trims except the Sport, which has standard 4WD.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Ford Explorer are:
  • Explorer 2.0L FWD: 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Explorer 3.5L FWD: 17/24/20 mpg
  • Explorer 3.5L AWD: 17/23/19 mpg
  • Explorer 3.5L Turbocharged AWD: 18/22/TBD mpg (Ford estimate)

Safety
For 2013, the Explorer gains a knee air bag for the front passenger, bringing the total air bag count to seven. Additionally, the Explorer is equipped with standard anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control with roll stability control, trailer sway control, curve control, hill-start assist, SOS Post Crash Alert, and MyKey programmable safety features. Optional safety features include Sync with 911 Assist, reversing camera, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, and inflatable rear seat belts.

Because the Explorer has a new knee air bag, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is not providing a frontal-impact rating until it retests the SUV. The Explorer's 5-star side-impact and 4-star rollover ratings carry over from the 2012 model year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2013 Explorer a \"Top Safety Pick.\"

What's New for 2013:

  • New knee air bag for front passenger
  • Optional inflatable rear seat belts
  • Next-generation MyFord Touch
  • Heated steering wheel is available
  • Optional auto-dimming HID headlights
  • New Explorer Sport trim with SHO engine

Exterior Features
Ford sells the Explorer in base, XLT, Limited and Sport trim levels. Each has a unique look, with the XLT gaining a chrome grille and fog lights, the Limited adding body-color trim and bigger aluminum wheels, and the Sport featuring a blacked-out grille and wheels.

Interior Features
The 7-passenger Explorer includes standard front and rear air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power side mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and a 6-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Optional Features
Depending on the trim level selected, the 2013 Explorer can be equipped with leather seats, Sync hands-free connectivity, MyFord Touch infotainment system, Active Park Assist, Sony premium audio system, navigation system, rear DVD player with dual headrest screens, Intelligent Access with push-button start, power liftgate, power-folding  third-row seat, and more.

Under the Hood

All 2013 Explorer trims, except for the Sport, are equipped with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 290 horsepower. A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is optional, generating 240 horsepower. The new Explorer Sport is equipped with the same engine as the Taurus SHO, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 preliminarily rated to make 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on all 2013 Explorer trims, and includes paddle shifters on the new Explorer Sport. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard and 4-wheel drive (4WD) with a Terrain Management System and hill-descent control is optional for all trims except the Sport, which has standard 4WD.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Ford Explorer are:
  • Explorer 2.0L FWD: 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Explorer 3.5L FWD: 17/24/20 mpg
  • Explorer 3.5L AWD: 17/23/19 mpg
  • Explorer 3.5L Turbocharged AWD: 18/22/TBD mpg (Ford estimate)

Safety
For 2013, the Explorer gains a knee air bag for the front passenger, bringing the total air bag count to seven. Additionally, the Explorer is equipped with standard anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control with roll stability control, trailer sway control, curve control, hill-start assist, SOS Post Crash Alert, and MyKey programmable safety features. Optional safety features include Sync with 911 Assist, reversing camera, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, and inflatable rear seat belts.

Because the Explorer has a new knee air bag, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is not providing a frontal-impact rating until it retests the SUV. The Explorer's 5-star side-impact and 4-star rollover ratings carry over from the 2012 model year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2013 Explorer a \"Top Safety Pick.\"

Available Trims for the 2013 Ford Explorer
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Base (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29100.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name XLT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32680.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name Limited (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 38100.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name Base (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31100.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name XLT (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34680.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name Limited (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 40100.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name Sport (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 40780.00 Engine 3.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 16/22
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth front bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, manual driver lumbar & recline, 2-way manual passenger seat w/manual recline
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row bench seat -inc: fore/aft 40 section adjustable seat
  • 50/50 split-folding 3rd row seat
  • Floor console w/armrest & storage
  • Front/rear color-keyed carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch driver down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) key fobs
  • Cruise control
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Manual climate control w/aux air cond
  • Air filtration system
  • Rear window defogger
  • Overhead console w/lights & sunglass holder
  • Color-keyed cloth sunvisors -inc: covered vanity mirrors
  • 2nd/3rd seat rear map light
  • Media hub w/aux input jack
  • 12V pwr points -inc: (2) front, (1) second row, (1) cargo area
  • Dark Galvano appliques
  • Front/rear scuff plates
  • Grab handles -inc: (1) at passenger seat, (2) in 2nd row
  • Illuminated entry
  • Load floor tie-down hooks
  • Cargo area hooks
  • Unique cloth front bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr seats, manual lumbar & recline
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch driver & front passenger up/down
  • SecuriCode remote keyless entry w/keypad
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Color-keyed cloth sunvisors -inc: illum vanity mirrors
  • Bright Galvano over LA Grain appliques
  • Leather trimmed heated front bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat & 6-way pwr passenger seat w/pwr lumbar & recline, driver seat memory, 4-way driver & front passenger head restraints
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row seat w/armrest & dual cupholders -inc: fore/aft 40 section adjustable seat
  • Compass & exterior temp display
  • Pwr adjustable pedals w/memory
  • Intelligent access w/push button start
  • Remote start
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Dual zone electronic automatic temp control w/aux air cond
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/microphone
  • 110V outlet
  • Olive Ash Dark Brown woodgrain appliques
  • Ambient lighting
  • Cargo net
  • Leather trimmed heated front bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat & 6-way pwr passenger seat w/manual lumbar & recline, 4-way driver & front passenger head restraints
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Unique instrument panel side spear & door trim appliques
  • Lighted front scuff plates
EXTERIOR
  • P245/65R17 all-season BSW tires
  • 17" steel wheels
  • Mini spare tire
  • Black roof rack side rails w/black end caps
  • Body-color spoiler
  • Upper body-color/lower black front/rear bumpers
  • Black wheel lip molding
  • Black lower bodyside cladding
  • Foundry gray painted grille
  • Bi-functional projector beam headlights
  • LED tail lamps
  • Black folding pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors
  • 2nd/3rd row privacy glass
  • Black door handles
  • Front speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear 2-speed intermittent wiper
  • Easy fuel capless fuel filler
  • P245/60R18 all-season BSW tires
  • 18" painted aluminum wheels
  • Silver roof rack side rails
  • Black lower bodyside cladding w/chrome accent
  • Satin silver finish grille
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Fog lamps
  • Black folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors, LED turn signals, approach lights
  • Chrome door handles
  • P255/50R20 all-season BSW tires
  • 20" sparkle nickel painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color grille
  • Body-color pwr folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors, LED turn signals, approach lights, driver's memory
  • 20" machined aluminum wheels w/painted pockets
  • Unique painted grille
  • Halogen bi-functional projector beam headlights -inc: unique blackout treatment
  • LED tail lamps -inc: unique blackout treatment
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine -inc: 3.39 axle ratio
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD (REQ: 998 Engine)
  • Front wheel drive
  • 58-amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature
  • 175-amp alternator
  • Trailer sway control
  • Independent front/rear suspension
  • Pwr steering
  • 200-amp alternator
  • HD front/rear brake calipers
  • 72-amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Front recovery hooks
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD & paddle shifters
  • Sport tuned suspension
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Hill start assist
    • 4-wheel antilock disc brakes
    • Traction control
    • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • 2nd generation dual front airbags
    • 2nd generation dual front side seat airbags
    • Front passenger sensing system
    • Safety Canopy -inc: side curtain airbags, rollover sensor
    • MyKey system -inc: top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning, programmable sound chimes, Beltminder w/audio mute
    • SOS Post Crash Alert System
    • Seat belts -inc: pretensioners, energy management system, adjustable height in 1st row
    • Belt-Minder feature
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • LATCH system on rear outboard seat locations
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Reverse sensing system
    • Rearview camera
    • Hill descent control
    • Terrain management system
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player
    • (6) audio speakers
    • MyFord -inc: (2) 4.2" color LCD displays, outside temp display, 5-way controls located on steering wheel
    • Roof mounted antenna
    • SYNC w/MyFord voice-activated communications & entertainment system -inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel audio controls, USB port, audio input jack, 911 assist, vehicle health report *SYNC Services available w/additional annual subscription fee*
    • SIRIUS satellite radio w/6-month subscription *N/A in Alaska or Hawaii*
    • Premium audio sound system -inc: HD Radio, (12) speakers
    • SYNC w/MyFord Touch -inc: (2) driver configurable 4.2" color LCD displays in cluster, 8" LCD color touch-screen in center, media hub, SD card reader & audio/video input jacks, 5-way controls located on steering wheel, Bluetooth capability, steering wheel audio controls, (2) USB ports, 911 assist, vehicle health report, SYNC services 3-year prepaid subscription w/GPS based turn-by-turn driving directions & traffic reports & info services
    • Sony premium audio sound system -inc: HD Radio, (12) speakers

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