The Ford Explorer has long been a family mainstay, and the backbone of the Blue Oval’s SUV lineup. Until recently, what it’s never really been associated with is performance. Enter the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, a new-for-this-year version of the seven-passenger vehicle that aims to balance its practical nature with a little bit of flavor behind the wheel for those rare individuals seeking to squeeze whatever dynamic engagement they can out of their people mover of choice.
The fast and fun SUV segment is a small, but distinguished area of the market, with most of the major players costing tens of thousands more than the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport (BMW X5. Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG), or featuring thirsty V-8 drivetrains (Dodge Durango R/T, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT). The Explorer Sport’s twin-turbo approach to the quick crossover question is unique, and overall, one that allows the vehicle to preserve its friendly, and comfortable character without dipping too deeply into the harshly-sprung hazards that dog many of its competitors.