• Jul 26th 2010 at 3:00PM
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It's been less than 24 hours since Ford took the wraps off of the 2011 Explorer, but in an effort to keep the buzz going about the all-new crossover due to hit dealerships later this year, Ford's online configurator is already up and running.

At the moment, only models equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 can be optioned, ranging from the base $28,190 front-wheel drive Explorer (*Don't forget to add $805 for delivery fees) all the way up to the top-trim Limited 4WD ($39,190 plus destination). A fully decked-out all-wheel drive configuration will set you back $48,075* – and that's before the optional accessory list is looked over.

If you have some time to waste, head over to Ford's configuration page and spec out the Explorer of your dreams. Additionally, be sure to scroll through our gallery of color choices, showing the nine available paint jobs.



  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Taut, athletic lines give the all-new Explorer a muscular appearance. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The strong C-pillar gives the new Explorer visual linkage to previous models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all new Explorer features a weight-saving aluminum hood. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's sculpted sides give family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer XLT features a satin silver finish grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All models include standard dual chrome exhaust tips. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler was shaped in the wind tunnel to contribute to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Set the terrain management control knob to the snow setting and powertrain behavior is adjusted to increase traction and prevent wheel spin. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer enables family adventures, any time, any where, on any road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Switch the terrain management knob to the mud setting, and the system will optimize powertrain behavior for maximum traction and driver control. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer with intelligent 4WD and terrain management will comfortably take your crew and their watercraft upstream. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Behind the three-bar grille, Explorer features a composite bolster supporting the radiator. This innovative component saves weight - and fuel - while reducing manufacturing complexity. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All Explorer models feature bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers world-class craftsmanship, with tight panel gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Holes in the top and bottom rungs of the signature Ford three bar grille signify Explorer weight savings and efficiency. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler contributes to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers the Ford exclusive Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system. No more lost caps! (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Range-topping Explorer Limited models offer a comprehensive array of standard luxury features. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer liftgate proudly wears a Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT models offer impressive feature content. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Ford signature three bar grille proudly displays the Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Assembled with world-class craftsmanship, the Explorer features tight margin gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited series models come standard with 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with visible warnings in the applicable sideview mirror. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The interior of the all-new Explorer features design cues, clever storage, luxurious appointments and technologies that rival premium SUVs. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer interior features soft touch materials. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Driver-centric gauges and controls are intuitively operated and logically arranged. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Command seating and intuitive controls help keep the Explorer drivers' hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Real metal speaker grilles and the forward-leaning center stack give the Explorer interior a sporty look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The forward-leaning center stack is home to MyFord Touch controls. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door panel speaker grilles are real metal, giving the interior a sporty, purposeful look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer offers a rear view camera, with zoom functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Convenient switchgear controls third-row seating functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted switchgear is new, reflecting Ford global DNA standards. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted speaker grilles are real metal, offering excellent sound transparency and a luxurious touch. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Optional on XLT models, a Sony branded audio system with HD Radio and 12 speakers in standard on Limited series vehicles. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission is standard on XLT and Limited series models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Left and right screens in the Explorer instrument cluster can be customized to suit individual driver preferences. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Supplemental steering wheel-mounted controls help keep driver attention focused on driving. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Terrain management takes the guesswork out of 4WD engagement. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer comes standard with three rows of seating (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: With second- and third-row seats folded, Explorer offers 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Limited series models feature a Sony branded audio system with High Definition Radio and 12 speakers. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The center console features a media hub for connectivity and mobile device concealed storage. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's center console features dual cupholders. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer features new Ford global DNA switchgear. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second row seating offers industry-exclusive inflatable rear seatbelts. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's second-row offers 60/40 split fold flat bench seating. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Folding Explorer second- and third-row seats gives 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer models with terrain management feature a console-mounted knob with four settings and hill descent control. (07/26/2010)

[Source: Ford]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Note to Autoblog, this has been up ALL DAY, or at least since 6am CDT.

      Anyway, I built similar Explorers, Honda Pilot, GM Acadia, Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave models (did not compare the new Cherokee due to lack of third row seating) and Ford was right in the middle everytime. I think they really have a chance to restablish the Explorer as the SUV of choice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suppose this would make a suitable replacement for the Ford Freestyle/Taurus X that was put out to pasture.

      Odd that they wouldn't just drop the Explorer and replace it with the Ford Edge EL in the same way the Excursion was dropped and replaced with the Ford Expedition EL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $48K? Wow I see Ford is trying to cross-compete against both standard and luxury SUVs. And I think that's a great way to beat both markets
        • 5 Years Ago
        =1 Agreed, 100%
        • 5 Years Ago
        The LR2 is no longer the most overpriced Explorer in the world I guess....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice, but the front end favors the out going 2010 Edge a bit too much, and you're all right about the pricing.... its way toooo high. I'm a Ford fan, but they're pricing me right out of their new vehicles.... this is what Mercury was for, a dolled up Ford at a slightly higher price for that "middle price field"..... they don't want to believe it, but there is still room for mid-priced vehicles..... above the low price field.... worked just fine for nearly 100 years! I don't think Lincoln can cover the mid-price without diluting its luxury standing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      aaaand...their site is already broken -at least on firefox.

      Like the design, but wow, rear three-quarter view looks way too close to the Equinox.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Click + if $48,000 is a lot.
      That was a Navigator price 2 years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somehow it looks like the Equinox and the XL7 had a baby and didn't know what to do with it, so they gave it to Ford...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...andwhen you're done there, click on over to specs.
      2010 Ford Explorer max towing capacity: 12,000 lb
      2011 Ford Explorer max towing capacity: 5,000 lb

      Sure, most customers won't even tow 10lb, but they have clearly neglected some customers in going from body-on-frame to unibody.
        • 5 Years Ago
        12,000lbs towing capacity? You definitely aren't looking at an Explorer.

        The max towing capacity of the 2010 Explorer is 7,115lbs.

        With aux. climate control (which is standard on the 2011 Explorer) that number drops to 6615lbs.

        The 2011 Explorer is rated to tow 5,000lbs with the V6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Check your sources, Paul P.
        http://www.fordvehicles.com/suvs/explorer/specifications/towing/

        I was looking at the Ford Explorer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        if you want to tow its called an expedition. Its the same price and its MEANT to work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My bad. I was looking at the wrong column. GCWR is not max towing. So, only 2000lb difference.

        I agree that they did this to appease more of the market, which is smart. But a step back in any metric is never a good thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, the reduced towing capacity is disappointing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If even 5% of current Explorer owners tow, I'll be very surprised. Most everyone I know that tows, that looked at the Explorer, went with the Expedition instead to gain the extra interior room at almost no change in real world MPG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Greater fuel economy for all > Reduced towing for some

        If you want to two 10,000lbs you know have to buy something else. You can't please everyone. The Explorer was a mass market vehicle once, in order to get that way again they have to design something that pleases that market. Towing capacity is obviously not it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Max tow rating on a 2010 Explorer is what? Which planet do you live on where it has a higher tow rating than an F-150?

        The outgoing 2010 V8 was only rated for up to 7,115 lbs w/3.55 gears and a class IV hitch.

        The big letdown is the EcoBoost I4 - 2,000 lbs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lovin' the brown option. Hate to see pearl white return, though-- sick of seeing that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CTS-V coupe configurator > Flexsploreraus configurator
      • 5 Years Ago
      unibody? no problem. v6? no problem. land rover/edge styling? no problem. AWD? no problem. based on FWD, we have a problem. just my opinion... the explorer should not be FWD primary, but as i read earlier... same platform that underpins the taurus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your average user prefers FWD. FWD does a lot better in snow than a RWD car does. What possible advantage does RWD have for this Station WagUn Vehicle anyway?

        Ya'll are trying to turn this into something it isn't--- this is a tarted up station wagon, the same way a minivan was a tarted up wagon, an suv was a tarted up wagon, and CUVs are tarted up station wagons. The primary purpose of car design and marketing these last 30 years has been to convince people that station wagon your hawking isn't a station wagon. The wheel of fashion is almost done with its turn, that's all. That's all any of those cars were; the 10% of SUV buyers who actually used their full capabilities are nice, but not the true audience for the Explorer or SUV's in general. That 10% will just go buy a extended cab F-150 anyway, if they really need the performance.

        • 5 Years Ago
        You understand that many people who buy these vehicles need nothing more than FWD, right? Remember, not too long ago SUVs were the craze with soccer moms, who only needed to ferry kids and groceries in the suburbs. They can now have their oversized truck they crave, without guzzling down fuel at a rate of mpg in the single digits and low teens. Ford is claiming on their site that they are estimating the EcoBoost I4 model will get 19mpg in the city. That's a massive improvement over this vehicle's 18 mpg highway days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I missing something, or is the I-4 not priced/optioned yet?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, you are missing something...

        "At the moment, only models equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 can be optioned..."

        ...like, the beginning of the second paragraph.

        Don't worry, many autoblog readers only see the title and picture and make assumptions in the comments.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't see it either.
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