The “original” SUV, the Ford Explorer, received a huge upgrade over the ancient, outgoing truck-based body it had been using. Now based on a car body, the 2011 Ford Explorer has received a surprising 25 MPG highway rating.
Of course, much credit is due the new 3.7 liter V7 engine that is now standard, with 292 horsepower on tap, you’ll not be left wanting for get-up-and-go. And this is just the base engine. The premium engine choice, the turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine will supposedly get 30% better mileage over the 2010 Explorer, though that would only put it at 18 city/26 highway. If Ford can push those numbers closer to 20/30, I think the EcoBoost engine will be much more desirable. Still, can’t complain about 25 MPG in a 292 horsepower full-size SUV, though I’m curious what kind of MPG numbers the four-wheel drive model gets.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.