Auto Review: 2011 Ford Explorer Limited

The latest trend in SUVs and Crossovers is to style the body like a station wagon but without sacrificing utility and sportsmanship. No vehicle on the road does that as well as the 2011 Explorer Limited.

2011 Ford Explorer Limited

The Explorer Limited is available as a front wheel drive SUV or a 4X4. Either way, you get four doors and lots of comfy room in the interior for your passengers. The starting MSRP is $39,535.

The Limited 4X4 showcases an impressive 197.1″ overall length and a body width of 78.9″. The height sits at 71″. Those are good numbers and the FWD version closely matches them, the only difference being the height, which is 70.4″.

Inside, the 2011 Explorer Limited seats 7. That includes 41″ of head room in both the front and rear, 61″ of shoulder room in both places, and 57″ of front and rear hip room. It’s when we get to the leg room that front passengers have the advantage, 40.6″ to 39.8″. Maximum cargo capacity is 80.7 cubic feet. Both the 4X4 and the FWD have the same advantages in the interior passenger and cargo space department.

The vehicles feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine with horsepower putout of 290 at 6,500 rpm and 255 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The EPA mileage estimates are 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. For the 2011 Ford Explorer 4X4 the highway mileage registers at 23 mpg.

For this class of vehicle, the Ford Explorer Limited beats the competition and rides like nothing else.


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