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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Ford Explorer

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/6/2014 Erick Ayapana

The refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer made its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show with styling tweaks, more tech, and much needed improvements. Specifically, a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 joins the lineup and should be a much better engine than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost it replaces. The focus here, however, is the revised styling and whether you think it’s refreshing or revolting.

A bulk of the styling changes for the 2016 Explorer are found up front. The headlights have been simplified into a more horizontal layout and optional LED running lamps help give it a more premium look. The lower bumper has been revised with boomerang-like fog lights and the hood is revised with prominent power domes. Grille designs vary depending on trim level, including the all-new Platinum model that features a grille with a stain chrome finish.

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The Platinum’s satin chrome is also used for other exterior accents like the side mirror caps, door handles, and the roof racks, which are now flush-mounted for a cleaner look and better aerodynamics. The Explorer’s side profile hasn’t change much. Ford introduced new wheel designs, including fancy 20-inchers for the Platinum model.

Out back, the taillights have been tweaked with LED units, while the chrome accent strip is thicker. Meanwhile, the license plate housing more cleanly blends in with the rest of the tailgate.

Inside, materials have been improved with the Platinum model boasting premium features like diamond-pattern stitching, real wood, and soft leather. The MyFord Touch infotainment system now features buttons and knobs, while an all-digital instrument panel is available.

That said, do you think the refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer is refreshing or revolting? Sound off in the comments below.

Last week we featured a Styling Size-Up between the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and the 2015 BMW M4. 3jeremy_gunnerz said “The Cadillac ATS-V definitely looks better. It looks much more special than the BMW M4.” Meanwhile, kenyon712 said “the BMW looks better inside and out. The BMW interior looks like Tag Heuer sport chronograph and the ATS looks like Timex digital delux.”


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