2013 Ford Explorer

Base 2WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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$25,025

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2013 Ford Explorer
2013 Ford Explorer

New For 2013

A new trim level, the Sport, has been added. Powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, the new model features a sport-tuned suspension; larger brakes; standard four-wheel drive; a unique grille, exhaust tips, and twenty-inch wheels; and leather sport seats. Front knee air bags are now standard in all Explorers, and Sync with MyFord Touch has been enhanced to make it easier to operate.

Overview

Now that the current-generation Explorer has been on sale for two years, the vehicle’s metamorphosis from old-school SUV to modern crossover is complete. The transformation has been a success, with sales having seen a steady increase ever since the unibody Explorer was introduced. The reinvented Explorer features good fuel economy for a large vehicle, high-quality materials, and state-of-the-art technology, but it has some shortcomings. Visibility from the driver’s seat is not good due to the high beltline and the thick A-pillars. The ride and handling are improvements over the old Explorer’s, but driving this crossover is in general a ho-hum affair. Ford has addressed that complaint for 2013 with a new model, the Explorer Sport, which features a 350-hp EcoBoost V-6 and a sport-tuned suspension. Buyers can also opt for a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder or a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6. Four-wheel drive is standard on the Sport and optional with the V-6 but is not available with the four-cylinder. Options include MyFord Touch—an eight-inch touchscreen that integrates navigation, audio, climate, and phone functions. It has been enhanced this year to make it easier to operate. Options include a two-panel sunroof, power-folding third-row seats, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and parallel-parking assist.

Safety

Front, front knee, side, and side curtain air bags are standard; rear inflatable belts for outboard positions are available on XLT, Limited, and Sport. ABS; traction and stability control; trailer-sway control; tire-pressure monitoring; and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System are standard. Adaptive cruise control with collision warning, BLIS, and hill-descent control are optional.

You'll like:

  • Fuel efficient for a crossover
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Lots of safety and high tech

You won't like:

  • No all-wheel drive with I-4
  • Poor outward visibility

Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford Explorer

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  • Honda Pilot
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Toyota Highlander
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2013 Ford Explorer Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
Horsepower:
290 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
255 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and model year 2013 Explorer vehicles manufactured July 19, 2011, through March 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank. As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact. The tanks may also leak.
Consequences
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 9, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S03. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
3,037
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, allowing fuel to leak.
Consequences
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall began on July 20, 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S04.
Potential Units Affected
390,783
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured November 29, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, with sufficient door openings and closings, the child safety locks may change from an activated position to a deactivated position without notice.
Consequences
If the child lock is deactivated, the door could be unlocked and opened from the inside which could lead to personal injury to an unrestrained child.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will test the safety locks. If necessary, the locks will be replaced free of charge. The recall began on August 2, 2013. Ford's recall number is 13S07. Owners may contact the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
12,569
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 17, 2010, through February 28, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting in a shut down of the power steering assist.
Consequences
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began on July 23, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S06.
Potential Units Affected
179,027
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Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Explorer vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.
Consequences
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. Owners were mailed interim notices on May 11, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S11.
Potential Units Affected
194,484
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IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Overall Front Crash
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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