The refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer that debuted last week at the Los Angeles auto show holds the line on pricing, as the base Explorer XL with the standard 3.5-liter V-6 starts at the same $31,595 with destination as last year’s model.
The refreshed Explorer’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder replaces the outgoing Explorer’s 2.0-liter, but the price for this upgrade engine is the same as before despite an increase in power and torque. Available on XL, XLT, and Limited models, the 2.3L engine costs $995 extra. Both the base 3.5-liter V-6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine options can be had with either standard front- or optional all-wheel drive, which adds $2,000 to the bottom line. The old 2.0-liter EcoBoost was front-wheel-drive only.
The top two 2016 Ford Explorer trims, the carryover Explorer Sport ($44,195) and the new Explorer Platinum ($53,495), both come standard with a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that makes 365 hp and includes all-wheel drive as standard. The Explorer Sport has slightly different suspension tuning, wheels, and tires, while the Platinum comes standard with luxury features like a panoramic roof, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, power-folding rear seats, and all sorts of active safety features like blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control.
Check out the 2016 Ford Explorer’s build-your-own website here to see full option pricing for all trim levels. Other than the engine change and the new Platinum trim, the pricing structure remains almost identical to last year’s Explorer.
The 2016 Ford Explorer goes on sale starting summer 2015.