Ford took the wraps off of the all-new Explorer Sport for the 2013 model year back in March, and has now put a price tag on the crossover. The top Explorer model will retail starting at $41,545, including destination charges.
As a refresher, the 2013 Explorer Sport is powered by a 350-hp, 350-lb-ft turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. If that engine sounds familiar to you, it should – the same EcoBoost V-6 makes an appearance in the Ford Taurus SHO and Flex. Compared to the other EcoBoost-equipped models, however, the Explorer Sport is down on power (the Taurus is rated at 365, the Flex at 355) due to increased exhaust backpressure caused by packaging and ground clearance concerns. The Sport also has a larger radiator and cooling system, as well as the upgraded 13.9-inch brakes from the Taurus SHO Performance Package. Ford’s engineers tweaked the Explorer’s all-wheel drive system to be able to send up to 80 percent of torque to the rear wheels, instead of the 60 percent available on other models.
So what does $41,545 get you? Most noticeable will be the unique blacked-out grille, mirror caps, headlight surrounds, 20-inch wheels, and taillights. Also standard is sport suspension, a Sony audio system, Ford’s Sync and MyFord Touch systems, leather upholstery, and a rearview camera. Buyers have the choice of one option package, which includes navigation, a blind spot information system, inflatable rear seatbelts, a power liftgate, adjustable pedals, power tilt/telescope steering column, perforated and cooled front seats, remote and push-button start, and power-folding mirrors; the package retails for $4130. There are four exterior color options (ingot silver and tuxedo black are standard;,are white platinum tri-coat runs an extra $495 while ruby red tinted clearcoat costs $395) along with either black or black/ sienna brown interior schemes.
Ford is also offering a smattering of options on the Explorer Sport: goodies include things like adaptive cruise control ($1150), a dual-panel moonroof ($1595), a dual-screen DVD system ($1995), and second row bucket seats ($750). When all the boxes have been ticked, the 2013 Explorer Sport tops out at a grand total of $52,760, including destination before any dealer-installed accessories. For comparison, Ford’s other seven-seater people mover, the Flex, runs $52,783 when similarly equipped.
The 2013 Explorer Sport is available to order now and will be at dealership starting this fall.