2013 Ford Explorer Sport

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The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport actually has sport in it. YNN’s Lauren Fix takes a closer look for this edition of The Car Coach.

Model: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
Engine: twin-turbocharged and intercooled V-6 with 365 hp.
Towing capacity: 5000 lbs.
Price: Starts at $41,545

The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is a front-engine, four-wheel-drive, seven-passenger, five-door wagon. Explorer Sport packs a 350 horsepower EcoBoost V6 for enhanced acceleration.

Aggressive design features include 20-inch wheels and a unique grille with low-gloss gray mesh with contrasting Ebony high-gloss bars to establish a sporty exterior look. The Explorer Sport’s interior incorporates contrasting stitching and available two-tone leather-trimmed seats that deliver a unique Sport interior design.

All Explorers offer the Terrain Management System with settings for sand, snow, rutted mud and hill descent.

Options on our test vehicle included available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert (which was quite helpful in parking lots) and the world’s first automotive production inflatable rear safety belts, which enhances the safety for rear-seat passengers of all ages.

The sport model also offers a stiffer ride, larger brakes and a six-speed automatic transmission. Also available are xenon headlights that now feature automatic high-beam control.

Inside is Ford’s latest generation SYNC system with MyFord Touch that features Wi-Fi capability, text-to-voice, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, voice-activated navigation and includes a premium 12-speaker Sony sound system and HD Radio.

Competes with:

Chevrolet Traverse

Honda Pilot

Mazda CX-9

Nissan Pathfinder

Toyota 4Runner

Dodge Durango

The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport provides an easy, solid, sporty ride mixed with great power and exciting technology and safety features.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.

For more information, visit the www.ford.com.

Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 4/30/2013