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2016 Ford Explorer price, towing capacity – Fourth generation of Ford’s previously mid-size and now full-size crossover SUV has received a mid-cycle facelift for next model year. The 2016 Explorer looks slightly different, but more important change comes in terms of new, more powerful, but still efficient powertrain. The new Ford Explorer 2016 seems to have gotten just enough updates in order to continue minimally changed for a few more years. Powertrain lineup change, however, speaks a lot about blue oval’s commitment to keep their smaller 7-seater fresh for years to come.
2016 Ford Explorer review
All new frontal fascia features smaller grille and smaller, more conventional headlamps. Bumper is heavily revised as well and gets modern foglights taken straight from F-150 pickup. Midsection has remained unchanged, while rear end offers only slight changes. Tail-lights are somewhat smaller, and rear bumper looks a little bit different. There are ten 2016 Ford Explorer colors available: Absolute Black, Blue Jeans, Bronze Fire, Caribou, Guard, Ingot Silver, Magnetic, Oxford White, Ruby Red Metallic and White Platinum.
The 2016 Ford Explorer gets to carry over with basically unchanged interior. Leather-trimmed seats start as options from second, XLT grade, while next in line, Limited grade benefits from perforated leather seats. Sport models increase the refinement further with unique seats, and heated and ventilated units, while Platinum gets quilted leather inserts and pretty much everything a luxury SUV can get. Dual-panel moonroof, premium 500-watt Sony sound system, voice-activated navigation system and plethora of active safety options can all be had from the get-go in top grade.
New Ford Explorer 2016 towing capacity
Outgoing models were powered by 2.0L turbo fours in their most efficient form, but new Ford Explorer 2016 gets 2.3L EcoBoost turbo four engine which now makes around 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. However, this unit is still optional and costs $995 extra which isn’t that much at all considering the upside. Base, XLT and Limited models otherwise come with standard 3.5L V-6 making 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque while drivetrain is either front-wheel drive or optional intelligent all-wheel drive. We forgot to mention that turbo four engine limits its owners to front-wheel drive configuration. Finally, top Sport and Platinum grades come exclusively in 4WD variant and with 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 engine developing 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All models, regardless of engine or trim level, come with the same 6-speed automatic transmission. With 3.5-liter engine 2016 Ford Explorer towing capacity is 5,000 pounds while with smaller engine it is 2,000 pounds lower.
|Engine type||3.5-liter iVCT V6||2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4||3.5-liter EcoBoost V6|
|Bore x stroke||92.50 x 86.7 mm||TBA||92.5 x 86.7 mm|
|Displacement||3,497 cc||TBA||3,496 cc|
|Horsepower||290 (estimated)||270 (estimated)||365 (estimated)|
|Torque||255 lb.-ft.(estimated)||300 lb.-ft.(estimated)||350 lb.-ft.(estimated)|
|Fuel capacity||18.6 gallons||18.6 gallons||18.6 gallons|
|Fuel delivery||Sequential multiport electronic||Direct injection||Direct injection|
|Transmission||Six-speed SelectShift||Six-speed SelectShift||Six-speed SelectShift|
|Maximum towing capacity
(when properly equipped)
|5,000 lbs.||3,000 lbs.||5,000 lbs.|
|Base curb weight||4,443 lbs., FWD;
4629 lbs., 4WD
|4,385 lbs., FWD;
4,556 lbs., 4WD
2016 Ford Explorer mpg, price
Fuel efficiency remains the same despite powertrain upgrade. 4-cylinder models, thus return 19/28 mpg, while V-6’s consume more. Naturally aspirated engine is rated at 17/24 mpg (16/23 mpg with 4WD), while twin-turbo unit returns 16/22 mpg. Prices Start from $30,700 for base 2016 Ford Explorer, while fully fitted Platinum models cost $52,600.