The Most Fuel-Efficient 7-seater SUV? It’s a Ford
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There once was a day where if you told someone you drove a “fuel-efficient SUV with seating for seven” they’d point and laugh at your craziness. But Ford is now having the last laugh: The new Explorer is delivering an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway, besting the Honda Pilot and Jeep Grand Cherokee by 5 mpg, the Chevrolet Traverse by 4 mpg and the Toyota Highlander by 3 mpg. The all-new EcoBoost® powers the class-leader, and this is the first use of the engine in North America. Seems the first time’s the charm! And, the Explorer with EcoBoost is even beating the compact Subaru Impreza by 1 mpg and matching the most efficient BMW 3-Series.

The advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost delivers 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm, power comparable to a standard V6, but with the fuel-efficiency of a four-cylinder engine.

This is accomplished by twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and the combo of gasoline direct injection and turbocharging with less overall displacement. Efficiency is further enhanced through employment of low-friction 5W-GF5 motor oil, a variable-displacement air conditioning compressor, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and a unique 6F35 six-speed automatic transmission developed to reduce friction and increase efficiency.

The Explorer also benefits from a smooth vehicle shape and careful aerodynamic detailing like optimization of the front air dam and rear liftgate spoiler lip, as well as lightweight components such as an aluminum hood. You can see a video about the work done in the wind tunnel on the Explorer by clicking here.

With the purpose-driven design and engineering, it’s not only the EcoBoost-equipped Explorer nabbing headlines for great fuel economy – it’s the Explorer period. With the standard V6, it’s delivering up to EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway to lead the full-size V6 SUV segment in fuel efficiency.

In the first six months of 2011, Explorer sales totaled 65,823 vehicles. This figure exceeds the full-year 2010 total of 60,687 Explorers. More than half of early buyers of the redesigned 2011 Explorer cited fuel efficiency as a primary motivation in their purchase decision. Moreover, the majority of customers are choosing better-equipped XLT and Limited series models.

EcoBoost is a global Ford strategy to provide affordable fuel efficiency for millions of drivers while also delivering the power they desire. EcoBoost will be offered on 90 percent of Ford nameplates by 2013.

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8 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
James B I just don't like the looks of the explorer
1 year(s) ago via
RAF There is no such thing as a V4!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Mark Since Ford will only make a V4 FWD edition of the Ford Explorer the public will have a clear choice whether to purchase a FWD minivan or an Explorer.
2 year(s) ago via
Brad Krekelberg How much more efficiently would the 7-passenger C-Max move 7 people? I sure wish it was coming here.
2 year(s) ago via
Mark Ford Explorer 2012 towing package is not available with an ecoboost V4 engine?? All the reviews state that this Explorer can tow up to 2,000 lbs. I use my tow hitch to transport bikes and skis. Why is this option not available?
2 year(s) ago via
Mark The Ford Explorer 2012 with Ecoboost does not come in an AWD model? Why??? I am personally not going to buy the new Explorer until Ford either explains why they are not going to make an AWD ecoboost model or until Ford makes this model. I would be more likely to buy a new Explorer if I understood why an AWD V4 is not in production.
2 year(s) ago via
lee how about awd fusion 3.5 ecoboost with 300 plus HP and Torque? and seven speed? Even just the offering of one.
2 year(s) ago via
advance fastcash wow that's the efficient one.
2 year(s) ago via
Arthur Rozum Make the 4-cyl Ecoboost available with AWD and it will be worth looking at, if I wanted FWD I would just buy a minivan...
3 year(s) ago via
Seth Arp Its amazing what kind of power and efficiency we're seeing out of 4 cylinder engines these days. It most definitely makes the old saying that " There is no replacement for displacement" antiquated. Great job on thinking outside of the box and giving us more options. My only comment would be is there any such plan for putting these engines in say- an F-150 or Ranger?
3 year(s) ago via
Michael Bashta I think we'd need AWD/4WD, though.
3 year(s) ago via
Mike Martin Sweet!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Azrin Will there be a RHD Ford Explorer available for international markets?
3 year(s) ago via
Daniel Barrett Sr. I got my new Explorer (XLT) on 6/10/2011.Its Bordeaux,Red I love It. Its a little smaller then my 2003 (XLT) but I'll get used to It. The fuel milage is great 18city,27highway. For should be proud.
3 year(s) ago via
Aaron Bruce Brixey 4WD or AWD is alot of extra gears to turn...thats why Ford made it FWD, Because its the most highway efficient.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tim Lowery And now the new Eco Boost 4cyl is going to make this the best suv on the market getting at least 5 mpg more than any other suv inculding honda and toyota's poilt and highlander with 240 hp and more space how can anyone not want one and for your "off road" ppl the explorer is a great off road suv in its selective awd model out does all STOCK suvs in its class including the jeep grand no you cant lift it and run 44s anymore but with a suv that looks that good why would you
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brandon Nelson Lol, why would you need downforce on a people hauler? If you want power and handling , buy a boss. If you want offroad capabilities, buy a raptor.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Javell Campbell go gett'em ford
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marc Heath very bad aerodynamics on that car bad aerodynamics=no wind pushing down on the car that pushes the car down onto the ground and that mean not a lot of grip, and a very lazy styling on the cars exterior come on ford u can do better than this like the new ford fiesta now thats a nice car to drive and it look very good ps the engine needs a bit more power
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cheryl Armstrong Wybenga I have a 2002 Explorer that I love and when the new 2011 came out I was so sad to see that it is now just a larger versoin of the Edge. What happened to the SUV? It could have the same beefy look of an SUV and the gas milage! I am a Ford girl and hope that my current Explorer holds out until Ford make it look like an SUV again.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joey Jumawan well its a AWD if it is a XLT type, its the best of both worlds having an economic SUV, thats why you have to pay the price, which its the only downside of this car. I dont know of other type of Ford Explorers, but if it is economic then it is more practical to drive..
3 year(s) ago via
Dhani Harris oh I thought the explorer become a CUV or a crossover, so what's next? The front wheel drive expedition perhaps? Oh dear oh mine! Lucky me I got the 4wd everest
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joey Jumawan well its a AWD if it is a XLT type, its the best of both worlds having an economic SUV, thats why you have to pay the price, which its the only downside of this car. I dont know of other type of Ford Explorers, but if it is economic then it is more practical to drive..
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lacie Watkins Absher Ford what happened to RWD 5 speed with full 2WD and 4WD options in your SUV's. Hello 5 speeds get better gas mileage! Ford has really lost in off road vehicles lately! Its a shame!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Edwin Arteaga Who cares if it ain't a suv anymore the old explorer wasn't an suv either just as the porsche cayenne or the BMW x3 they call them self suv and of roaders and yet it's the worst part of a car and no one really used the explorer as an suv offrader so for me it's good enough it's just a car
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Mellor Put a clean turbo diesel in it and get some real millage and pulling torque. America is ready. Don't keep all the good stuff in Europe and let VW have the US market for diesel.
3 year(s) ago via
Chase Toenjes good car for a family ?!?!?!?!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Senstad I know that the redesigned Explorer gets better gas mielage but this still surprises me.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Velma Vasquez Munoz You couldn't pay me to get an Explorer again! No my Expedition I Love!!! That's a SUV! Yeah its not great on mpg around town, but neither was my Explorer.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Liza Jamela What about, I drive the two seater, then use this if I have more than two company and a bike to pick up some goodies in the supermarket. Oh oh but I dont have the budget for it. I'll wait. I can use up a loaner. Just t test drive it. Hey why not. My first car was a native. Just want to see how maneuverable is this. Then you'll read my comment. Capiz?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Vukela It's has no right being called an Expolrer...this is a station wagon..all you need is some wood grain and you'd be set...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bob Long Then again...they slapped the Taurus name on the Five Hundred and suddenly people want one.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Liza Jamela I can take my friends to the beach with this......
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Liza Jamela I know I was driving another brand of this and the fuel cost an arm and a leg and I am mostly by myself. Any suggestions? Maybe if I have to pick up some church guest.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bob Long It's NOT an SUV anymore. It's an updated version of the Taurus X which was a rebadged Freestyle. Those were crossovers. Slap the Explorer name on the side and it magiclly becomes an SUV? It just shows how stupid most of the buying public is.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Liza Jamela Fuel efficient! Right that is a very big issue. I was in Japan and I saw a lot of bikes parked by the supermarket. Should we have some more bike lanes here for protection?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Burnside I really liked it until I saw the FWD and price. Hard to believe what people will pay for a vehicle.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Noah Arribas-Layton Charles, the Explorer is now a front wheel drive, unibody construction based on the Taurus D platform. At best it can be considered a crossover now and not a real SUV so the comparisons in teh article are not fair as those other vehicles are RWD truck based SUVs
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Elliot Kroon Groeneveld I'd call that a Wagon not a SUV. A SUV has ground clearance, low range, and tires with traction....Sorry to see the old Explorer killed off.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gene Linse Sure would be nice if there were more on the lots!! Why is production not keeping up on the demand for this vehicle? I had to buy something else since my dealer could not get one!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Charles Dowling What are you guys reading its an explorer so its rwd or 4wd/awd
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gertie Fisher Ford
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Evans That's a pretty specific category. Might as well say "Most Colorful Rainbow Over Lake Michigan During A Rainstorm In August At 3:00pm While Birds Were Present."
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Vivek Bhasker its awsme....
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
RoadRunners Rally Prove it in the RoadRunners Rally this year! Chrysler and GM got cars in, where are the Fords?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Noah Arribas-Layton If you would have decided to sell the 7-passenger C-max this could have been closer to 40mpg....
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cliff Grisswold Barnes III Getting it awd would be the best
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle MacDermaid What's utility about a FWD vehicle...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike McElrath Wow! Bingo!
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