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MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Ford Explorer Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

The 2013 Ford Explorer gets great fuel economy with its available turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but it can't hold as much cargo as many rivals.

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Most test drivers said the 2013 Explorer's base V6 provides sufficient punch. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available on front-wheel drive models, and with this engine, the majority of reviewers agreed that the Explorer feels a bit slower than V6 models but still accelerates reasonably well. The Explorer Sport, which is only available with all-wheel drive, has a turbocharged V6 that test drivers wrote delivers strong acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. With front-wheel drive and the base V6, the 2013 Explorer returns an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Four-cylinder models return 20/28 mpg, which is very good for the class. Test drivers agreed that the Explorer has a comfortable ride, though some said that the Sport trim and models fitted with 20-inch wheels have a firmer ride. They also said the Explorer’s handling is composed, however many reported that the steering offers very little road feedback.

According to reviewers, the 2013 Ford Explorer's cabin is attractive and assembled with soft-touch materials. Most test drivers reported that the front and middle row of seats offer plenty of space, but added that the third row is cramped. The Explorer's 80.7 cubic-foot cargo capacity is on the low end compared with that of other three-row midsize SUVs. Available features on the 2013 Explorer include Ford's SYNC system with Bluetooth and a USB port, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, the MyFord Touch infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a 12-speaker Sony stereo system. Multiple critics found the MyFord Touch system confusing and slow to respond to inputs.

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Test drivers said the 2013 Ford Flex's third row of seats offers ample space for adults. They also liked its composed handling and powerful acceleration with its available turbocharged V6.

Automotive journalists agreed that the 2013 Buick Enclave has one of the most upscale cabins in the class, with an attractive design and premium materials. The Enclave offers quite a bit more cargo space than the Explorer, and reviewers commented that its third row is spacious enough for adults.

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