• Jul 26, 2010


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.




[Source: Ford]


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      • 4 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.
      • 4 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.
      • 4 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
        • 4 Years Ago
        =1 Agreed, 100%
        • 4 Years Ago
        The LR2 is no longer the most overpriced Explorer in the world I guess....
      • 4 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.
      • 4 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.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Click + if $48,000 is a lot.
      That was a Navigator price 2 years ago.
      • 4 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...
      • 4 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.
        • 4 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.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Check your sources, Paul P.
        http://www.fordvehicles.com/suvs/explorer/specifications/towing/

        I was looking at the Ford Explorer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        if you want to tow its called an expedition. Its the same price and its MEANT to work.
        • 4 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.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, the reduced towing capacity is disappointing.
        • 4 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.
        • 4 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.
        • 4 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.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lovin' the brown option. Hate to see pearl white return, though-- sick of seeing that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CTS-V coupe configurator > Flexsploreraus configurator
      • 4 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.
        • 4 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.

        • 4 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.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I missing something, or is the I-4 not priced/optioned yet?
        • 4 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.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't see it either.
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