alfadriver GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
10/14/11 11:34 a.m.

A correction- the review has the engine as a 3.5l EcoBoost, but the specs on the right show a base 3.5 motor.

Which one is it? The Ecoboost would be 350hp/350lb-ft, as well as having 2 turbos and direct injection.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/14/11 1:19 p.m.

No, we didn't have an EcoBoost. Someone got a little excited. We had the N/A 3.5.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

The Explorer got a bit of a black eye a few years back, but Ford didn't give up on their mid-sized SUV. They allowed the nameplate to live on and released an all-new version for 2011.

Highlights: The new Explorer is lighter and more efficient than its predecessors. It also features improved safety gear, including inflatable rear seat belts.

We drove this one during our recent trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the vintage race festivities. The big option was a $4910 package that added luxury seating, a power lift gate, voice-activated navigation, blind spot monitoring and HID projector lamps.

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