Review: 2016 Ford Explorer Limited

15 December 2017, Neil Parkhi


The Ford Explorer is Ford's Mid-Size SUV. The version here was introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show and had a lot of design changes, one of Land Rover’s former designers is who designed this vehicle, so it may look similar to a Land Rover. There were a lot of exterior changes for the 2016 Explorer. The top of the line Platinum version was added as well.


The first generation Ford Explorer was introduced in March in 1990 for the 1991 Model year. It was available in a 2 or 4 door version the time. There was XL, which was replaced with XLS, XLT, the Sport model available only on the 2 door, and the Eddie Bauer Edition. The second generation and third generations had the same trim levels, however the two door model was discontinued. The fourth generation added some new safety features, including an auxiliary port. There also was a Sport Trac version for 2007 which had a V8 option. There also was the Sport Trac Adrenalin concept vehicle which had a Supercharged Modular V8 engine. At the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford introduced the Ford Explorer America Concept. This concept was meant to reduce some weight and increase driveability, and even be more fuel efficient. It was designed to fit up to 6 passengers and had either an EcoBoost inline 4 cylinder or V6. The fifth generation Explorer came out in 2011, and starting with that vehicle, manufacturing for the United States moved to Chicago. The Louisville plant in Kentucky converted to be manufacturing cars based on Ford’s global C platform, which included the Ford Focus, C-Max, or Ford Escape, which known as the Ford Kuga in Europe.


In terms of capabilities, the Explorer is indeed a great SUV. It has tons of capabilities and is reasonably priced. It is an SUV a lot of people have and love to buy. Most definitely an SUV that is worth the money.


Steering and Transmission
Steering Type Speed Proportional, Electric Assist, Rack and Pinion Power Steering
Transmission Type 6-Speed Automatic
Gear 1 Ratio 4.48
Gear 2 Ratio 2.87
Gear 3 Ratio 1.84
Gear 4 Ratio 1.41
Gear 5 Ratio 1.00
Gear 6 Ratio 0.74
Reverse Gear Ratio 2.88
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type 20 inch 5 twin spoke alloys
Rear Wheel Type 20 inch 5 twin spoke alloys
Front Tire Type 255/50R20
Rear Tire Type 255/50R20
Front Brake Type Disc
Rear Brake Type Disc
Front Suspension Type Independent MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Type Independent-Multi Link
Suspension Features Stabilizer Bars, Coil Springs, Gas Pressurised Shock Absorbers
Length (in, mm) 198.3in, 5037mm
Width (in, mm) 78.9in, 2004mm
Height (in, mm) 70in, 1778mm
Wheelbase (in, mm) 112.8in, 2865mm
Weight (lb, kg) 4629lb, 2100kg
Engine Specifications
Engine Type 3.5 litre Double Overhead Cam 24 valve V6
Power (bhp, PS, kW) 290bhp, 294PS, 216kW @ 6400RPM
Torque (lb-ft, Nm) 255lb-ft, 346Nm @ 4000RPM
0-60 mph (0-97 kmph) 6.3 seconds
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Size (gal, L) 18.6 gallons, 70L
Fuel Type (AKI, RON) 87 Octane/AKI Petrol (92 RON)
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 16mpg, 7kmpL
Highway Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 23mpg, 10kmpL
Cargo Specifications
Cargo Space (ft3, L) 21ft3, 595L
Cargo Space with 3rd Row Seats Folded (ft3, L) 43.9ft3, 1243L
Max. Cargo Space (ft3, L) 81.7ft3, 2313L
Price Range
U.S. Dollars $43,300
Canadian Dollars $55,643