The 2011 Explorer V-6 has been rated at 17/25 mpg by the EPA, Ford announced today. The 290-horsepower Explorer's rating is 25 percent better with the new 3.5-liter V-6 than the outgoing 210-horsepower V-6, which is 0.5-liters larger.
Equipped with the V-6, the 2011 Explorer can tow 5000 pounds and is available with a four-wheel-drive system that has Land Rover-like adjustable modes easily accessible on the center console. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine arrives later to boost fuel economy but the Explorer V-6 is on sale now.
For a seven-passenger crossover in front-wheel-drive V-6 form, the 2011 Explorer's 17/25 mpg rating puts it at the head of the class, but just barely. The 2011 Mazda CX-9 and 2011 Chevrolet Traverse are rated 17/24 mpg while the 2011 Honda Pilot gets 17/23 mpg. Toyota's 2011 Highlander is rated 18/24 mpg. Like you, we're still looking forward to hearing what the Ecoboost-equipped Explorer is capable of, mileage-wise, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Source: Ford, EPA