With at least 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is no ho-hum grocery getter. Now that we know how much the most powerful Explorer costs, we may have to start cutting coupons. Ford has priced the new Explorer Sport at $40,720 plus another $825 for destination charges. That price tag comes in at nearly $1,000 more than the similarly equipped Explorer Limited with all-wheel drive, yet it adds the EcoBoost V6 and sport-tuned suspension.

The standard Explorer Sport comes nicely equipped, but far from loaded. The Blue Oval offers a 402A package with voice-activated navigation and Travel Link, pushbutton start and remote start for $4,130. Add adaptive cruise control ($1,150), dual-panel moonroof ($1,595) and dual-DVD for the second row and you're looking at $50,415.

That's a good bit of coin for a crossover with a Ford badge, but if you've always dreamed of an Explorer with a boosted sledgehammer of a powertrain, this Sport may be your best bet.


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      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before the "it's too expensive" complaints http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/03/ford-explorer-rich-people-luxury-new-model-ny-auto-show/1 40% of all Explorers are Limited models. Half of the people buying the Limited model are conquests from other brands and 13% of the people (about 5% overall) buying the Limited model are coming from luxury brands. For 900 bucks I'm sure they'll find plenty of people who will like the sporty appearance and the awesome EcoBoost engine under the hood. By offering the Sport model they've made my list of next cars much shorter. Now if only I could get one in Deep Impact Blue...
      Kevin Holden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hard to resist. Want Flex but damn this is nice.
      jcar302
      • 2 Years Ago
      40k is liveable for what you are getting, although i'd like to see real world 0-60 and quarter mile times before i say i'd buy one. When compared to other similar equipped suv's the price isn't that bad. What concerns me is the price of the extras, specifically the voice guide system, $4200? That's a ridiculous number. The new explorer is a great vehicle, anyone that disagrees is just a hater, there isn't much bad to be said about it. Doesn't mean you have to like it, just be realistic. I hate on the new toyota/subaru, not because i don't like it, but because you can do so much better with just a couple more thousand bucks. Why would i buy a 15 second car when for 3 more grand i could buy a low 13 second car? My point is, what exactly are you going to buy in an awd suv that is better than this explorer for 40k or close to it?
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        I'm sorry, but I really liked the explorer in concept until I drove it. Vague steering and brakes, huge inside but not in a good way an the lack of buttons was really annoying aside from being unintuitive. Most annoying is that every time I tried changing the temp, I'd hit the hazard button. The reviews have not been stellar either. I'm not a ford hater and loved driving the focus. This was just bad. Somehow just felt phoned in, especially ergonomically.
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      New cars have gotten insane $...
      masonperegrine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this article acting like they JUST realized Explorers can be 50K? I just built a Limited to the same price as the Sport I built...the cost of the Sport's not THAT surprising.
      kingrat001
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm no Ford lover, to put it mildly. I thought they totally lost their way, styling wise in the later 60's and early 70's and only since the early '00s did they find it again, but I like several of the current models, the Edge, F150, Mustang (Though the front and rear treatments are a big step back from what they were a few years ago), and this Explorer. The prices now are crazy to me, but I'm eligible for the senior discounts now, and I remember my first new car only was like $5K sticker in 1974. If my dad was alive today, the sticker shock would kill him. A friend of mine had a long term loaner of a loaded Explorer and I drove it a few times and other than being too slow, I really liked it. If I was looking for a vehicle of this type, it would be one of the ones I would have to have a hard look at. Right now, I would probably take a Grand Cherokee, if I had to pick one.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        While I personally wouldn't buy it, is this not slotting in ABOVE the Limited? I mean a Grand Cherokee Limited with the HEMI is probably going to cost more. I mean I'd take the GC hands down, but if this is in range of it's competition as far as price, I don't see the issue.
      AdamVIP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just did some pricing out with the configurator and when you start adding options the price gap between the sport and limited models is really low. I cant see anyone optioning a limited when they can get this.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's just crazy. I've driven the new Exploder and its not worth that kind of money. Its a bloated gas-guzzler that feels cheap and has a frustrating & difficult to use dash. We almost bought one until we drove a loaded Kia Sorento EX. It has way better build quality, reliability, and driving dynamics for five to six grand less.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        BWAHAHAHAHAHA, thats hilarious.......
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        what exactly are you basing reliability on?....
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        Two totally different classes man. That's like saying, "I can't believe the Ford Fiesta doesn't have the same interior dimensions as a Hyundai Genesis Sedan! What's up with that!?"
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      A piece of junk costing $40,000, now that's laughable!
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      $40k+ for a Ford Explorer?? You can have a BMW X3 35i instead.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        X3 is a class below the Explorer...think X5.........X3 compares with the escape....and seriously, whats MSRP of the 3.5 twin turboed X3....oh wait....sheesh
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        .... and you'd be getting a much smaller vehicle that doesn't have three rows. Different vehicle.
          msspamrefuge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          "Not to mention it would be a BASE X3. Start adding options and see what it costs then." One almost has no choice but to. Finding a base BMW at the dealership? As the acronym goes: "loz. . ."
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        So i could have a top of the line Explorer with all the bells and whistles as well as having a nice engine so it can get up and go great and won't cost an arm and a leg to get work done on, or you can go out and get that joke called the X3 to tell everybody "I don't have the money for an X5!"
        AM2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        @Dvanos, if you don't need the extra cargo space and the extra 2 seats, and put more value on performance and sportier car-like handling, then go buy yourself an X3. Comparing an X3 xDrive35i to an Explorer Sport is like comparing an almost 4-seater Mini Cooper S to a roomier 5-seater Ford Focus ST.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is too expensive for the price the morons at ford are charging you can buy a nice Luxery suv so only a complete loser would buy this junk .
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        Before you call anybody a moron, make sure you're not misspelling incredibly common, third grade-level vocabulary words and misusing the grammar you're hamfistedly stringing them together with.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        You basically are getting a sub luxury SUV with performance as well compared to a bog standard luxury SUV. I mean the Chevy Tahoe LTZ with 4WD starts off at $56,075 but I don't hear too many people complaining about that before you check any of the option boxes.
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