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2016 Ford Explorer

Ever since its introduction in 1990, the Ford Explorer has been an adventurous, rugged family vehicle that made its way into our hearts as well as into our garages.  The 2016 Ford Explorer continues this tradition thanks to its continuous innovations and advancement to technology.  This current generation of Explorer provided the automotive industry with some groundbreaking technology in regards to convenience and safety.  Buyers could (and still can) option their vehicles with Inflatable Safety Belts, MyFord Touch, Blind Spot Information Systems, and even Active Parking Assist!  The 2016 Explorer is available with these, and much more.

The overall exterior of the vehicle has been changed giving the Explorer a much more aggressive front and rear design.  The curves of the 2011-2015 models have been toned down, and replaced by new rectangular headlamps, LED tail lamps, and a more muscular tailgate and bumpers.  The Explorer still looks rugged and ready to go!  Park it next to an Expedition and it fits right in with the presence a Ford SUV should have.  The interior of the Explorer has also been redesigned to fit with the brawny exterior.  New buttons are found on the center stack with the MyFord Touch system, allowing for easier control and convenient use – a requested feature of many Explorer owners.  A redesigned steering wheel has an overall cleaner design with easier to read buttons and the option of being heated.

A new 2.3-liter EcoBoost is available that replaces the previous 2.0L EcoBoost.  It has 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque thanks to a large twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger.  The EcoBoost turbo technology provides the power and performance of a larger engine, with the efficiency of a smaller one.  This efficiency allows the Explorer to achieve a combined rating 22 MPG and still tow 3,000 lbs!  The 3.5L V6 engine is standard and the powerful 3.5L EcoBoost is standard on the Sport and Platinum trims.

So you’ve heard about the Explorer, XLT, Limited, and even the performance oriented Sport trim level. But did you know for 2016 the Explorer is launching a new trim, the Platinum?  Woah, that’s an intense trim name!  This puts the Explorer in an entirely new class of vehicle.  The Platinum trim adds the luxury and sophisticated style expected from a loaded Range Rover at a price that won’t be a cause for concern.  This model is well equipped with stylish 20” bright machined-faced wheels with dark tarnish-painted pockets, distinctive grille with a satin chrome finish, leather-wrapped instrument panel with contrast stitching, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with brown ash swirl wood, and real aluminum and wood two piece appliqués.

Ford has also done a company first by replacing the blue oval logo on the Platinum with a brushed aluminum one, proudly displayed on the steering wheel.  “Nirvana” leather-trimmed Medium Soft Ceramic seats are also standard on this trim, and they also include quilted bolsters and 1st-row “Platinum” embroidery.  And you can listen to Nirvana in perfect clarity too, with the available Premium Sound by Sony with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics.  500 watts, 12 speakers, subwoofer, 14-channel amp…this is truly an audiophiles dream.  Who needs a concert hall when you have the luxury of the Explorer Platinum!

The 2016 Explorer is the perfect succession of America’s best selling SUV of the past 25 years.  More technology, more luxury, more style, and all for the base price of $30,700.  Here’s to another 25 years of being the best SUV around!

                                       

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