2011 Ford Explorer V6 Gets 25 MPG Highway Rating

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.

The new Ford Explorer is based on the same body style as the 2011 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS, Ford’s full-size car offerings. So whether or not it still qualifies as an SUV is really up to the consumer. However, the base V6 engine managed to nail a 25 mpg rating on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. The outgoing Explorer got just 20 mpg on the highway and 14 in the city. Mileage thus went up 25% and 20% respectively, due in large part to a lighter front-wheel drive setup and aerodynamic improvements such as the rear lip spoiler and front air dam, which Ford claims combined to drive efficiency up nearly one MPG.

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.

Source: Ford

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.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.