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2011 Ford Explorer

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,014
    Meanwhile, lest everyone continue digressing, when does the 2011 hit dealer showrooms?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Over on FB Ford seems to be saying that date is indeterminant at this time.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    I spoke with a salesperson two weeks ago at my local Ford shop in Hillsboro TX and she claimed they would be here in three weeks. So this coming week is the time I am going to do a lot of drive-bys to see if they showed up. They have two 2011 Edges in stock. I am told the Explorers they are getting are a Limited and an XLT, but both are white and AWD. All I want is a base model, FWD, no options, Kona Blue. That'll be $26535 invoice after the current $1000 rebate listed here on Edmunds. If my local dealer can get one and get me a good price, I'll buy local. Otherwise we'll pop up to Dallas/Fort Worth or down to Killeen/Austin to get one. I have no problem driving a few hours to get the right truck at the right price.

    For the money, I could also get a 7-seat V6 Highlander, 7-seat V6 Outlander XLS, 7-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, or for a little more money, an 8-seat Traverse LS. Also right above that at 30K-31K are a basic 7-passenger Pathfinder S FE+ or a base 4-Runner SR5 after adding the elusive third row seat option ($805 retail).

    My wife and I have driven a Pathfinder (2007 model) extensively on a vacation as a rental from Enterprise and we were very happy with it. I have not driven either of the last generations of 4Runner (last I test drove was a 1998 model) and I have no experience with any of the smaller ones. We currently drive a 2000 Dodge Durango with the 318 V8 and 6-passenger seating. When we all go somewhere together, either my wife or I have to sit in the cargo area. We need a 7-seater vehicle. I'm about to add a third row to the Durango but my wife fell in love with the 2011 Explorer when it was featured in USA Today a couple months ago. I know the Pathfinder and 4Runner will be hard pressed to see the gas mileage numbers of the new Explorer, the Traverse, or any of the smaller SUV's (Outlander, Highlander, Santa Fe). We get about 19mpg mixed in the Durango due to my light right foot and the mostly highway driving we do out here in the sticks.

    I do think the Explorer's new design is appropriate for our family. 2 adults, 5 kids, good gas mileage, and the Ford name. I'd be plenty happy with one. I always wondered why they didn't make the Edge a 7-seater. Now I know why.

    I am very interested in seeing one in person, close up. I drive in snow and ice exactly none of the time, so I could care less about some poster's comments. But I am curious to know how it feels. Maybe the EcoBoost is worth waiting for in a base model? Maybe the V6 just feels better? Does it drive anything like an Edge or Flex? Maybe I'd be better off sticking the wifey in a 5-year old Freestyle and save the money for when the new model gets sorted out right? I've always been told, never buy a new car in the first year, but how new is this Explorer? Isn't it just an extended length Edge? Isn't it a restyled Taurus X or Freestyle? Mechanically, it's the same vehicle, right? The EcoBoost might be something to watch reliability-wise, but I'm sure the 3.5L is fine by now, right?
  • loudog2loudog2 Posts: 83
    I hope the ecoboost V6 gets offered for 2012.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    It's on the option list for the 2011 Explorers as "late availability" and I intend to wait until both are available for test driving before we buy. We're bringing all the kids, too. Salesperson can ride behind the third row for all I care. Car seats will go in, boosters will get a spot, wife and I get comfortable up front, and we'll test drive both fully weighed down. If the Turbo can keep up as well as the V6 (or better) then I'm more than happy to buy one with EcoBoost. Don't need to tow anything, and I'm not sure if the tow ratings will be higher or lower anyway. I would ASSUME lower but then again Ford is pushing this in the F-Series as well, so maybe it will get a good rating.
  • loudog2loudog2 Posts: 83
    A ford rep on facebook just told be it will not be an option. Where did you see it listed?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,623
    You guys are confusing the 2.0L Ecoboost with the 3.5L Ecoboost. The Explorer gets the 2.0L Ecoboost early next year. There are no announced plans to offer the 3.5L Ecoboost yet.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    Occupant, do you think the explorer will have usable cargo space behind the 3rd row? I know that most of the "mid size" SUVs (pilot, highlander) have very little space left with the 3rd row up. So, how do you actually travel with the whole family if you have to take anything with you?

    Other than the soccer mom stigma, a minivan has to make vastly more sense for a large family, especially if you aren't using AWD or towing.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    text got cut off...I can't reach the edit button...

    lost text on the right says

    "far as I'm..." and
    "soft rooftop carrier"

    Sorry, mods, thought the forum would resize it.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,043
    Our software is pretty dumb that way. Sorry.

    If you like, we can delete your post and you can resize it and repost.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    Either way is fine, I just feel bad for people trying to read posts above or below it with that pic there. I have it resized and rehosted to 400px wide so it *should* fit.

    image

    I don't know. You tell me? That seems to be a pretty deep well behind the third row. It's set up like a Freestar or Odyssey as far as my eyes are concerned. Keep in mind I am a champion Tetris player, can pack like a soldier, and wouldn't be opposed to a soft rooftop carrier for a few duffel bags."
  • I killed it. :)

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  • budhbudh Posts: 109
    Is it true that in the new 2011 Explorer that heated seats are available only on the Limited version, no matter how many option packages you apply to the XLT version?

    (My fiancee wants heated seats but she doesn't want to pay the huge price difference between the XLT and the Limited version of the 2011 Explorer.)

    Bud H
  • I'm also somewhat upset that other options are "Limited only" like the power hatch and power folding third row. A "cargo convenience" package for base and XLT would be more appropriate. We don't want leather seats, a sunroof, a navigation system, a hard drive, or any other gadgets or undesirable options. I do so miss the days when you could order a vehicle ANY way you wanted it. Today, it seems you get all or nothing. $28K for the base model with standard options, or $40K for the Limited with the one thing you wanted and twenty others you didn't...
  • iwant12iwant12 Posts: 269
    I wish I could order one without the 3rd row, but I doubt that would be possible. And that's really too bad, because I like the vehicle so far (I could even learn to live with the FWD). Perhaps the seats can be removed.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,611
    Is it true that in the new 2011 Explorer that heated seats are available only on the Limited version, no matter how many option packages you apply to the XLT version?

    No not true. You can order the comfort package which includes heated, power leather seating. It is $2500 extra though.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,611
    I wish I could order one without the 3rd row, but I doubt that would be possible.

    Why not just get the Edge?
  • iwant12iwant12 Posts: 269
    I hear you. I have considered the Edge, just can't get over that proboscis. To each his own, I guess. Plus, I'd like a little more ground clearance.
  • vrmvrm Posts: 301
    The long tease is over.
    The 2011 Explorer will roll into your local dealer around second week in January.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,611
    Job 1 was Nov 1 IIRC. When should they be hitting the showroom?
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