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2013 Ford Explorer Sport: Two Things That Could Hold It Back

August 27th, 2012

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport answers a question not a lot of people will ask.

Ford changed the new Explorer from a truck-based SUV to a more efficient unibody crossover to reduce weight and increase fuel economy. An optional 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine helps meet that goal and gives the Explorer a gas mileage rating of 20 mpg city, 28 highway, which is pretty good considering the size of the vehicle. Why Ford would go and morph the Explorer back into a gas-guzzling SUV is beyond me.

In theory, the new Explorer Sport makes sense, but there are two important factors I think will keep it from becoming a major success.

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Cars Coming Soon: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

March 29th, 2012

When I heard that Ford would introduce a new Explorer Sport at the New York Auto Show, I immediately had flashbacks to the Explorer Sport Trac of yore. The Sport Trac was like the mullet of cars: SUV in the front, pickup truck in the back. It was ugly and not really good at being an SUV or a pickup.

Why would Ford bring back this abomination and ruin the fantastic new Explorer?

Well, naturally, I misunderstood. The Sport Trac remains firmly lodged in the pages of history. The Explorer Sport is something else entirely. In fact, it probably should have been called the Explorer SHO.

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