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2016 Ford Explorer: By the Numbers

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/20/2015 Zach Gale

The 2016 Ford Explorer is more attractive than ever before, and that's a big deal considering exterior styling is the number-one purchasing reason for the Explorer. Despite the 2016 Explorer's emotional appeal, though, there's plenty to learn about the crossover through its numbers. So take a look at our 2016 Explorer First Drive review and then see if any of these tidbits, many learned at the crossover's West Coast drive event, surprise you.

2-4 - The percentage of buyers on the outgoing Explorer who choose the 2.0 EcoBoost model. About that 240-hp model, Motor Trend associate editor Scott Evans once said : "The EcoBoost is such a slug that to me, the white Explorer just doesn't register as a new car. It feels like it hails from the first half of the 1990s."

2016 Ford Explorer© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Explorer 40 - The amount of extra horsepower and torque buyers will find in the 2.0 EcoBoost model's replacement, the 280-hp, 310-lb-ft 2016 Explorer 2.3 EcoBoost (pictured above). That's a version of the engine in the new Mustang, too, and while it's still not a slam-dunk reason to pay $995 over the base 3.5-liter V-6, Ford tells us that it would be a very safe assumption to predict...

...at least 10 percent of the 2016 Explorer's mix will be the new 2.3 EcoBoost model. Ford offers that engine with a towing package, good for a 3,000-pound capacity, as well as with all-wheel drive -- two features not offered on the 2.0 EcoBoost model.

2016 Ford Explorer© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Explorer 2 - The number of Explorer models that now offer Ford's solid 365-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, with 350 lb-ft. Aside from the Sport model (pictured above), the new luxury-oriented Platinum model also features the strong powerplant, meaning the take-rate of the 3.5 EcoBoost engine will likely rise as well.

0 - Number of times until the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum debuts, that a Ford-branded production vehicle has featured a brushed aluminum Ford oval, instead of the traditional blue, on the steering wheel. The top-of-the-line Platinum trim is designed to compete with the GMC Acadia Denali and higher trims of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and we found that the crossover really justifies itself more on the Platinum interior upgrades than the exterior upgrades. The 2016 Explorer Platinum includes too many features to list here, but our favorites include the massaging front seats, visually engaging quilted leather accents, and rich materials on most surfaces, including real wood and brushed aluminum accents.

2016 Ford Explorer© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Explorer 43 - The percentage of buyers who are already going for the Explorer Sport and Limited models, suggesting that there's plenty of room for the Platinum model. Says Ford Explorer brand manager Matt Zuehlk about high-end Acadias and Grand Cherokees, "We’re going to do what they do, but we’re going to do it a heck of a lot better."

5 - Number of models, from the base 2016 Explorer through the XLT, and Limited on to the Sport and Platinum, that have standard low-beam LED headlights.

2016 Ford Explorer: By the Numbers

As we noted in our 2016 Ford Explorer First Drive review, the popular crossover is destined for another year of sales success, if the automaker can keep up with demand. The Explorer is a competent vehicle, but we're still looking forward to a next-gen model that fixes the inherent packaging deficiencies (the front seats are positioned too far inboard) leftover from its existing platform.

What do you think about the 2016 Ford Explorer?

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