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2013 Chevy Equinox v Ford Explorer v Jeep Grand Cherokee Off-Road Mashup AWD Tech Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and the Ford
Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Overland don't have a lot in
common. However all three of these vehicle have a very different approach
to powering all four wheels, in other words, they all have one form or
another of all-wheel-drive and terrain management technology. We thought it
would be interesting, informative and fun to try these three very different
AWD vehicles off-road in a real world test to see which one can best handle
our Colorado Mountain off-road terrain. In this battle of 4X4 people
haulers we take all three vehicles up our standard rugged Colorado trail to
see which one can make it all the way to the top. Check out another fun and
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2013 Ford Explorer Sport Review, Walkaround, Exhaust, Test Drive
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More than just a "sport" badge, Ford's new Explorer with the 3.5 EcoBoost delivers some driving enjoyment from
behind the wheel with not much fuel penalty from the base 3.5 V6. Our only
complaints are a tight 3rd row and a hefty price tag, making it one of the
most expensive in the class. If you can swing the cost, you will feel as if
you are driving the most premium feeling family crossover in the segment.
2013 Ford Explorer Start Up and Review 3.5 L V6
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Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4.5/5
Start Up and Review of the 2013 Ford Explorer
Powertrains: 3.5 L V6 with a 6-Speed Automatic
Features: Leather Seats, MyFordTouch, Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door
Locks, Powered Seat, Bluetooth, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel, Cruise
Control, Automatic Climate Control, Manual Tilt and Telescoping Steering
Wheel, USB Ports, AUX Input, Automatic Climate Control, Power Outlet(s),
Heated Exterior Mirrors, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Satellite Radio, Heated
Seats, Power Tailgate
Engine & Performance
Base engine size: 3.5 L
Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Valve timing: Variable
Torque: 255 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
horsepower: 290 hp
@ 6500 rpm
Turning circle: 39.2 ft.
Base engine type: flex-fuel (FFV)
Fuel type: flex-fuel (FFV)
Fuel type: flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
Fuel tank capacity: 18.6 gal.
Range in miles (cty/hwy): 316.2/446.4 mi.
EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 17/24 mpg
Short and long arm front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension
Front and rear stabilizer bar
Trims: Base, XLT, Limited, Sport
Competitors: Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet
Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder
What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the 2013 Explorer: The Ford
Explorer also formerly known as the most popular SUV in America and
everybody and their Uncle Joe had one. However, times have changed rising
gas prices and a need for more fuel efficient crossovers are in higher
demand than it ever was before and this is exactly why the Ford Explorer
has transitioned itself to a crossover now. The current generation Explorer
is so much different from previous generations as in the old ones most
people could tell if it's and Explorer or not. On the exterior design of
the Explorer some may find it daring and quite and elegant design with LED
Tailamps being standard across all trims. On the interior you will find it
to be even more inviting with nice soft touch interior accents and a very
modern dashboard that can't be missed. Powertrains range from a 3.5 L V6 or
step up to a 3.5 L Twin turbo V6 and all
are made into a 6-Speed Automatic with all wheel drive being optional.
Compared to it's competitors you will find the Explorer to be more upscale
as far as the design flavor and technology goes, however with that said the
Explorer has a price to be paid with the base model starting at $29,100
running to the top model for $40,780 for the Sport trim. and dealer markups
are common. The new Explorer makes for a well rounded SUV that delivers in