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TOTD: Has the 2016 Ford Explorer Been Updated Enough?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/16/2015 Alex Nishimoto
TOTD: Has the 2016 Ford Explorer Been Updated Enough?

We just drove the 2016 Ford Explorer, and generally liked what Ford has done to its popular crossover for its mid-cycle refresh. But with competition mounting from the likes of the new Honda Pilot and others, do you think the Explorer has been sufficiently updated?

2016 Ford Explorer© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Explorer

The 2016 Ford Explorer finally ditches the base turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, replacing it with a more robust 2.3-liter EcoBoost producing 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. You can also still opt for a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 or a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. For 2016, the MyFordTouch system receives knobs and actual buttons in place of the unresponsive capacitive touch controls found on the previous model. The Explorer also receives a subtle face-lift outside, with revised headlights and taillights; more streamlined roof rack rails; an air curtain system in the front bumper; and a new front grille with active shutters.

As you might expect, the model retains its interior packaging issues. Mid-cycle refreshes are rarely drastic enough to address such problems, so the Explorer will have to make do with its relatively cramped interior and awkward seating position for a few more years. Until then, do you think Ford has updated the Explorer enough for it to stay competitive? Tell us in the comments below.

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