CR Says Ford Is Just Buying Time With The 2016 Explorer

Ford’s recent update of the 2016 Explorer has brought not only styling changes but a new optional EcoBoost engine and more gadgets.

The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder produces 280hp and does a pretty good job of moving the Explorer around, even in four-wheel drive configuration. That is mainly due to the 310lb-ft (420Nm) of peak torque available from 3,000 rpm. It doesn’t sound too refined though.

Ford has also updated the suspension on the 2016 Explorer, but Consumer Reports’ Tom Mutchler says the SUV still feels heavy, unlike some of its competitors which offer more car-like driving characteristics. The review unveils more shortcomings due to the Explorer’s dated platform such as the poor visibility or narrow seats.

Sure, the Explorer continues to offer plenty of passenger room inside (even in the third row), but the reviewer’s conclusion is that Ford is just buying time with this update until a redesigned Explorer based on the Fusion platform arrives.


  • john1168

    That new front end sucks but the interior looks better. I like the new instrument cluster.

  • Gbec1234

    There were rumors that the next generation explorer will return to rwd bias but still remain a crossover. If thats true i think thats an ok compromise.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Yeah, I remember that talk. Though I always hoped it would be for something special first. Like a RWD Lincoln or a Bronco, making it’s way eventually to the Explorer and other cars. And I agree: A RWD-favoring 4×4 crossover isn’t a bad proposition either.

  • kDawg

    noticed how he was looking at the camera longer than the road? lol

    • donald seymour

      Laugh out Loud not cool. I see a lot of reviewers doing that.

  • TheBelltower

    This was the complainiest, Andy Rooniest car review I’ve ever heard. GTFO with your whining about the left footrest.

    • BlackPegasus

      Agreed. This guy seems to whine about every car he test drives.

  • MJack

    Why not use the Ford Everest? I think with some minor adjustments it could be a real contender in North America.

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