|The ’13 Ford Explorer Sport is expected to achieve fuel economy of up to 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway and at least 350 hp.|
Ford will add an EcoBoost 3.5L V-6 to the Explorer for the ’13 model year, resulting in projected fuel economy of up to 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, with at least 350 hp. With the new drivetrain, the ’13 Explorer Sport will be rated to tow up to 5,000 lbs.
The new EcoBoost powertrain gives the Explorer Sport a fuel economy advantage of 2 to 4 mpg compared to V-8-powered versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
Other upgrades will include a paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, larger standard brakes and terrain management settings for 4WD versions that adapt powertrain characteristics to cope with sand, snow, mud and for hill descent. A host of comfort and convenience features are available, including a power liftgate, dual-panel moonroof, remote start and power folding mirrors, just to name a few.
Explorer Sport is manufactured at Ford’s Chicago production facility. The ’13 model will arrive in dealerships later this year.