Bought our 2013 Explorer XLT in July of 2012 to replace a 2006 Explorer Eddie Bauer with V8. We deliberated for over a year on the new Explorer because we have a small travel trailer (about 3500 pounds) we use throughout the year and were concerned how the 2013 V6 engine/FWD would handle the load.
After several trips, no worries. With the factory tow package including the tow setting for the transmission, our Explorer handles the travel trailer as well as, and in some cases better, than the 2006 Explorer V8. Best Ford we’ve ever owned.
Photo was taken at Palmetto State Park, Ottine, TX, which is near Gonzales.