The Ford Explorer is a four door sport utility vehicle with seating for up to seven passengers thanks to the available PowerFold third row seating that is able to fold flat with just the touch of a button; and is powered with either Ford’s conventional 3.5 Liter Ti-VCT V6 making 290 HP and 255 lb-ft of torque that gets an estimated 18 MPG in the city and as much as 25 MPG on the highway, a little less with the available four wheel drive, as well as the next generation fuel efficient turbocharged and direct injected EcoBoost 2.0 Liter four cylinder that generates 240 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque while getting an estimated 20 MPG around town and 28 MPG at speed and is available exclusively on front wheel drive models making the Explorer the best in class, for three row large utilities that are non-hybrids.

The base Explorer starts out at $28,280 and comes equipped with safety features like inflatable rear safety belts, active park assist and creature comforts like an AM/FM stereo with a single CD player and rides on a set of thick five spoke wheels measuring 17 inches in diameter.  The better equipped Explorer XLT comes with Sirius XM Satellite Radio, a SecuriCode keyless entry pad and gets gloss black mirrors with integrated LED indicators and security approach lamps for when owners get near their cars in the dark.  The $32,095 XLT comes standard with a set of 18 inch painted rims with polished 20 inch rollers available as an option.  While the top of the line Explorer Limited has SYNC with MyFord Touch, leather wrapped heated bucket seats and a push button/remote starter with painted 20s standard and polished shoes as an option, part of which led to the Ford Explorer being named North American Truck of the Year.

A list of similar cars to the Ford Explorer include the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, 2012 Dodge Durango and 2012 Toyota 4Runner.

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