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.