After being introduced for 2011 and receiving improved fuel economy in 2012, the next step for the Ford Explorer was to add a little performance in 2013. Looking to go head-to-head with the Dodge Durango R/T, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport was given improved horsepower, handling and styling - think of it as an Explorer SHO. Previously, the Explorer Sport name was applied to a two-door version of the SUV, but the 2013 model is all about performance.
“Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the lineup,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. “This is our highest- performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever.”