2016 Ford Explorer
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New 2016 Ford Explorer at Sheridan Ford for New Castle, DE
The 2016 Ford Explorer isn't as versatile or roomy as some other large, three-row crossover SUVs, but it is still a respectable pick in this class thanks to its convenience features, improved safety and driver aids and comfortable highway ride. For 2016, the Ford Explorer receives a variety of changes and updates. These include refreshed exterior styling, minor interior revisions, updated safety features, revised suspension tuning and a new top-end trim level (the Platinum). There's also a new engine option, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that replaces the previous, less powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The old four-cylinder couldn't be paired with all-wheel drive, but the 2.3 can be.
If you have a large family, chances are you probably want a large and spacious vehicle to haul around your brood. Maybe you think a useful amount of towing capacity would be nice, too. But you also want the vehicle to have decent road manners and fuel economy. The 2016 Ford Explorer meets those requirements and is newly updated this year, taking what was already an upscale offering and making it even better.
Under the Explorer's Hood
The 2016 Ford Explorer lineup offers three different powertrains, all of which come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Base, XLT and Limited models get rear-wheel drive as standard but are available with all-wheel drive, while Sport and Platinum trims come with AWD as standard. Standard on the Base, XLT and Limited trim levels is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, you have your choice of front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive models get hill-descent control, hill-start assist and Ford's Terrain Management System, which is a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction electronically for different conditions.
The Ford Explorer has a smooth ride quality on the highway, with good composure that gets only a little busier with the available 20-inch wheels over broken pavement. It's also particularly quiet, which is an added benefit for any highway journey. It handles securely in typical driving situations, but overall it feels larger and less maneuverable than similarly sized rivals.
Design of Ford Explorer
While the Explorer has the commanding ride height expected of an SUV, its thick roof pillars, high hood and tall dash limit outward visibility. Even with all of the available parking aids, it's a handful in tight spaces and in general feels much bigger than it really is (not a good thing for such a large vehicle). From a fit and finish perspective, though, the Explorer's interior is pretty well-trimmed. Materials are attractive and luxurious, with a soft-touch dashboard and precise-feeling controls. The front seats welcome a wide variety of body types, and the cabin is particularly quiet as well.
Where is Sheridan Ford located?
We serve a variety of areas in the Wilmington, Delaware area where our dealership is located. Customers who live in New Castle, Newark, Hockessin and beyond can find the best deals at Sheridan Ford! Directions
I need my oil changed as soon as possible - do I need to make an appointment?
Take advantage of our Oil Change service for a quick oil change. When you visit Sheridan Ford Sales, we'll make sure your vehicle is checked properly with The Works. Oil Details
What other vehicles does Ford have in their lineup?
Ford also has the Escape, Focus, and Edge in addition to the Explorer. Ford Inventory
Standard safety equipment for the 2016 Ford Explorer includes stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a front passenger knee airbag and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume. The Explorer's stability control system also includes Ford's Curve Control, which can monitor speed carried into a corner and decelerate if necessary.
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