All-New Ford Explorer Wins 2011 North American Truck of the Year

The competition may have been stiff, but Ford has done it again, capturing its seventh win of the North American Truck of the Year title, this time with the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer. With class-leading fuel economy, a towing capability of 5,000 pounds, available industry-exclusive second-row inflatable safety belts and Intelligent 4WD with an advanced Terrain Management System, as well as a host of other advanced technologies and features, the new Ford Explorer walked away with the prestigious title of 2011 North American Truck of the Year.



The North American Truck of the Year award recognizes vehicles based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. A jury of 49 veteran automotive journalists from the United States and Canada vote for the vehicles, which must be “all-new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model to qualify for the award. Last year, the Ford Transit Connect was the winner. The best-selling Ford F-150 pickup won the honor in 2004 and 2009; the fuel-efficient Ford Escape Hybrid won in 2005. This is the 18th year for the Truck of the Year award.

“It’s a proud moment for Ford, our employees and our customers to have Explorer named North American Truck of the Year,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Winning this honor for the third consecutive year confirms our One Ford plan is working to deliver vehicles people truly want and value, with industry-leading quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology.”

The new Ford Explorer is America’s most fuel-efficient full-size SUV, with an EPA-rated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the standard V6 engine. Technologies include twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), a six-speed automatic transmission, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff. The new Explorer also offers a wind-skimming aerodynamic shape to maximize fuel economy.

For SUV buyers putting top priority on fuel economy, Explorer this year will offer a 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ I-4 that is anticipated to deliver even greater fuel efficiency.

The all-new Explorer has been reinvented to reflect 21st century customer needs, while honoring the fully capable heritage of previous Explorer models. It is built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant and already is on sale at Ford dealerships across North America.
Adam 02/14/2011
Will the Super Duty have the option of Adaptive Cruise Control?
Julian Maier 01/12/2011
big !
Greg D(etroit) 01/11/2011
You can call it a car, you can call it ugly...but for all of you haters, just take it for a test drive and you too can come to the realization that Ford packed the Explorer with more technology than any vehicle on the road today. The combo of style, technology, and reliability…Ford cant be beat…OBVIOUSLY!!!
CStang 01/11/2011
For the knowledgeable auto enthusiast, Ford is the way to go.
Rowland 01/10/2011
Wheres the Grand Marque ! Now thats a car. If I want my truck I drive my F350 disel or F250 Both are sweet 1999 and 1994 Both look new and they get used.
Richard Thuerauf 01/10/2011
i have shopped the competors out there and the new 2011 Ford Explorer has every thing that we can possible have on it. With it the new explorer you get the blind spot mirrors , rear camera and nav. My wife has a fused neck and this will possible help her drive again.
Nick Toomey 01/10/2011
@Bob. They are not making the North American Ranger after the 2011 model year.
Bob Long 01/10/2011
Okay I have to make a few comments. 1. The Explorer is not a truck anymore it is simply a Taurus station wagon. 2. What do mean "Bring back the Ranger" Did it go somewhere?
Nick Toomey 01/10/2011
@Stuart It's built on the Taurus-platform. Therefore, it's a car. Just oversized.
Nick Hammer 01/10/2011
Go ford !
Kelly Flynn- Ramdial 01/10/2011
really like the redesign and new look of the new explorer...good job Ford.
Dan McDermott 01/10/2011
Much deserved!
James H. Cofield, Jr 01/10/2011
That is great news to hear about my next vehicle purchase. I can\\'t wait until we purchase the Explorer. Always been a fan of Ford products.
Anthony Fiore 01/10/2011
just cause it`s got 4 wheel drive, that doesn`t make it a truck.
Daniel Baxter 01/10/2011
Love it! Reminds me of how I felt when we saw our first one...
Anthony Fiore 01/10/2011
how can it win TRUCK of the year???.... =/
it`s an SUV. ;)
Andrew Grassman 01/10/2011
the Ranger is still being made just not sold here, i think thats a mistake. i love my ranger v8 5 speed.
Andrew Grassman 01/10/2011
new design looks good.
Fran Coffey Townley 01/10/2011
Todd it is Beautiful but I want the Merc back.
Stuart G Mills 01/10/2011
Well it's certainly NOT a car. But I agree on the ugly, and that includes all those EurAsian styles.
Erik Kowal 01/10/2011
2011 explorers are insane! large sony monitors running off of microsoft programs! completely touch screen! 25 to 27 MPG! great base price aswell! thier a must see!
Nick Toomey 01/10/2011
It's pathetic that a car can win truck of the year.
John Sherry 01/10/2011
The new Explorer is one ugly looking thing. It's no longer an SUV, it's now just another crossover. 99% of crossovers are ugly to begin with.
Stephen Westby 01/10/2011
um mercury was shut down....doesn't anyone pay attention.
Todd Wacha 01/10/2011
Mercury has been discontinued, Fran, sadly. I saw the new Explorer in person recently, and it is NICE!
Larry Lee 01/10/2011
the best company always will be
Cameron Conway 01/10/2011
I could not be happier to sell such an AMAZING product!!
Fran Coffey Townley 01/10/2011
Yeeha , where's the Mercury?????
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