You can forget all about the old two-door Explorer Sport because Ford has unveiled a new one that is far more deserving of the “sport” label. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is the first-ever performance version of the Explorer. Think of it as a crossover version of the Taurus SHO. With 350 horsepower under the hood, standard a four-wheel-drive and a sportier suspension, this is one Explorer for people that want a bit more fun from Ford’s popular SUV.
The Explorer Sport is powered by a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine with at least 350 horsepower that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Ford didn’t just stop there, the Explorer Sport also gets stiffer chassis and a faster power steering system for more responsiveness. Ford also added larger brakes for shorter stopping distances and better performance while towing.
Rated at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, the Explorer Sport is more fuel efficient than the V8 powered Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T. The 2013 Explorer Sport can also tow up to 5,000 pounds.
To differentiate the Explorer Sport from the other Explorer models, Ford gave it unique 20-inch wheels, blacked out headlights and taillights, side view mirror skull caps and black roof rack rails. The Explorer Sport’s face gets a special grille with a low-gloss Sterling Gray mesh, with contrasting ebony high-gloss bars. Inside charcoal black leather-trimmed seating is available with and without contrasting sienna inserts. The stitching on the leather seats is emphasized to lend a handcrafted appearance while highlighting Explorer Sport’s sculptured seats.
Ford has not announced the pricing for the 2013 Explorer Sport, but it will arrive later this year.
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