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2016 Ford Explorer Starts at $31,595, New Platinum at $53,495

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/24/2014 Alex Nishimoto

The refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer was just revealed last week at the L.A. auto show, and now pricing has also been revealed through a configurator on Ford's consumer site. The base Explorer with the naturally aspirated V-6 retains the same starting price of $31,595 including $895 destination.

That model is still powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 making 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, and comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for $2000 on most models. Among the biggest changes for 2016 is the replacement of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost from the Mustang and Lincoln MKC. With that engine equipped, the EcoBoost four-cylinder Explorer makes a healthier 270 hp and 300 lb-ft, and starts at $32,590 with front-wheel drive.

The XLT trim level increases by $400 to $34,295 for a front-drive V-6 model. XLT adds such features as foglights, LED accent lighting, and rear parking sensors to the base model's equipment list. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost XLT starts at $35,290. XLT buyers can choose from two other equipment groups, including the 201A group, which adds a premium audio system, Driver Connect package, dual-zone climate control, and remote start for $1500. Also available is the 202A equipment group, which includes all of the features from 201A plus a Comfort Package and Front Parking Aid.

The Limited model's starting price jumps $3100 to $42,195. That price gets you the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, front-wheel drive, a voice-activated navigation system, 12-speaker Sony audio system, and perforated leather-trimmed seats. Choose the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, and the price increases to $43,190. For $3000, the optional Equipment Group 301A adds Active Park Assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring system, and rear seatbelt airbags.

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MSRP for the Sport model rises slightly to $44,195. Just as it was last year, the Sport is available exclusively with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and with all-wheel drive. That engine still makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft. In addition to the hotter engine, the Sport model gets a unique suspension, 20-inch machined alloy wheels, and a blacked-out grille. A $4300 401A package grants a voice-activated navigation system, blind spot monitoring system, power folding mirrors, a hands-free liftgate, and rear seatbelt airbags.

A Platinum trim level is new for 2016, and includes 20-inch wheels, satin chrome exterior trim, an all-digital gauge cluster, 500-watt Sony audio system, and premium leather upholstery for $53,495. Like the Sport model, the Platinum is only available with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and all-wheel drive. The Platinum comes nearly loaded, with the only options being a $1995 DVD headrest entertainment system, $695 second-row captain's chairs, $150 second-row console, and $75 all-weather floor mats.

You can build your own 2016 Ford Explorer here.

Source: Ford


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