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Ford Explorer


$43,099 – $60,699

Fuel efficiency

9.2 - 15.2 l/100km

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The Explorer takes on the competition in the midsize SUV category with a forceful 290-horsepower V6 or a 280-horsepower, 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo. However, it's the 365-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 that helps the Explorer Sport surpass its rivals in terms of output. A panoramic sunroof, roomy cabin and SYNC 3 infotainment interface make the Explorer a tough adversary for the competition.

Green light

  • Good selection of drivetrains
  • Spacious and configurable cabin
  • Efficient infotainment system
  • Good all-wheel drive system

Red light

  • Uncomfortable driving position
  • Price has gone up this year
  • Ageing model
  • Thirsty V6 EcoBoost engine
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