The Truth About Cars » ford explorer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » ford explorer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com No Fixed Abode: The Dealership’s Greatest Hits http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/no-fixed-abode-dealerships-greatest-hits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/no-fixed-abode-dealerships-greatest-hits/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1257929 Last week, I told you the tale of my friend Rodney’s grandmother who got taken to the cleaners recently by a Cleveland-area Buick dealer. That story’s not quite finished — apparently there have been a few conversations and trips back and forth to dealer, and at one point the “lost paperwork” excuse came into play — […]

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Last week, I told you the tale of my friend Rodney’s grandmother who got taken to the cleaners recently by a Cleveland-area Buick dealer. That story’s not quite finished — apparently there have been a few conversations and trips back and forth to dealer, and at one point the “lost paperwork” excuse came into play — […]

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No Fixed Abode: The Last Days Of Bronco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-fixed-abode-last-days-bronco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-fixed-abode-last-days-bronco/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1183210 In 1996, Ford sold about 28,000 Broncos. This was the same year the Explorer finally cracked 400,000 units, the vast majority of them XLT trim or above, and each one carrying a healthy markup over the Rangers from which they were unashamedly derived. The Ford dealership where Rodney and I worked sixty-five hours a week […]

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In 1996, Ford sold about 28,000 Broncos. This was the same year the Explorer finally cracked 400,000 units, the vast majority of them XLT trim or above, and each one carrying a healthy markup over the Rangers from which they were unashamedly derived. The Ford dealership where Rodney and I worked sixty-five hours a week […]

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Best-In-A-Decade March 2015 Ford Explorer Sales Cause Us To Remember Times Gone By http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/best-decade-march-2015-ford-explorer-sales-cause-us-remember-times-gone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/best-decade-march-2015-ford-explorer-sales-cause-us-remember-times-gone/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:18:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044946 In the lead-up to the launch of a refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer, March 2015 sales of the current model rose to the highest March output since 2005 and the highest monthly level regardless of season since July 2005. Explorer volume jumped 19% to 23,058 in March 2015, a total made up of 2293 Police Interceptor […]

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In the lead-up to the launch of a refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer, March 2015 sales of the current model rose to the highest March output since 2005 and the highest monthly level regardless of season since July 2005. Explorer volume jumped 19% to 23,058 in March 2015, a total made up of 2293 Police Interceptor […]

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Tales Of Redesign Timing: Two Traditional Detroit Products Get Refreshed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/tales-redesign-timing-two-traditional-detroit-products-get-refreshed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/tales-redesign-timing-two-traditional-detroit-products-get-refreshed/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:04:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=948721 Ford’s facelifted 2016 Explorer debuted at the auto show in Los Angeles this week. Admittedly, it’s more than a facelift for the Explorer, as a better EcoBoost four-cylinder will serve as the vehicle’s smallest powerplant. Ford will also begin selling a higher-grade Platinum trim level and, in all models, an improved interior will take centre […]

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Ford’s facelifted 2016 Explorer debuted at the auto show in Los Angeles this week. Admittedly, it’s more than a facelift for the Explorer, as a better EcoBoost four-cylinder will serve as the vehicle’s smallest powerplant. Ford will also begin selling a higher-grade Platinum trim level and, in all models, an improved interior will take centre […]

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Los Angeles 2014: Ford Freestyle Ecoboost Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/los-angeles-2014-ford-freestyle-ecoboost-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/los-angeles-2014-ford-freestyle-ecoboost-debuts/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:38:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=947473 Oh wait, we mean Taurus X. Oh wait…nevermind. The big news for 2016 is the addition of an Explorer Platinum trim, which gets the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 as standard. Think of it as an Explorer Sport for those who don’t want an Explorer Sport. There’s also a 2.3L Ecoboost replacing the old 2.0L unit.

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Oh wait, we mean Taurus X. Oh wait…nevermind. The big news for 2016 is the addition of an Explorer Platinum trim, which gets the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 as standard. Think of it as an Explorer Sport for those who don’t want an Explorer Sport. There’s also a 2.3L Ecoboost replacing the old 2.0L unit.

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America’s Best Selling Police Car Is Now A Crossover http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/americans-best-selling-police-car-is-now-a-crossover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/americans-best-selling-police-car-is-now-a-crossover/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:02:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=780081 When Ford killed off the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, the police car market was left wide open. But the Blue Oval appears to have managed to brought a suitable replacement to market, though it’s not the traditional three-box police sedan. Many departments found the Dodge Charger too cramped and the Chevrolet Caprice a tough sell […]

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When Ford killed off the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, the police car market was left wide open. But the Blue Oval appears to have managed to brought a suitable replacement to market, though it’s not the traditional three-box police sedan. Many departments found the Dodge Charger too cramped and the Chevrolet Caprice a tough sell […]

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Hammer Time: $100 Worth Of Charity… And Fun? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-100-worth-of-charity-and-fun/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-100-worth-of-charity-and-fun/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=726314 By the time you read this, I will have bought the last $100 car sold at a public auction… that actually runs! This 1994 Ford Explorer XL has just under 94,000 miles and has been sitting at a local water department for a couple of years now. The exterior is nothing special, but the interior […]

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By the time you read this, I will have bought the last $100 car sold at a public auction… that actually runs! This 1994 Ford Explorer XL has just under 94,000 miles and has been sitting at a local water department for a couple of years now. The exterior is nothing special, but the interior […]

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Hammer Time: The Cars Of The Cave Bears http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-the-cars-of-the-cave-bears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-the-cars-of-the-cave-bears/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:30:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=693697 I live in a small, genteel, Southern colonial home that comes with all the local goodies. An over-sized ceiling fan in every room. A little front porch that offers a palatial view of the rolling prairies of Deliverance country. Throw in a mint julep, homemade lemonade, and the belting baritone of Paul Robeson, and the […]

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I live in a small, genteel, Southern colonial home that comes with all the local goodies. An over-sized ceiling fan in every room. A little front porch that offers a palatial view of the rolling prairies of Deliverance country. Throw in a mint julep, homemade lemonade, and the belting baritone of Paul Robeson, and the […]

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In The SUV Sales Race, Boring Is King http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/463346/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/463346/#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:38:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463346 What do the Honda CR-V and Ford Explorer have in common? Both recieved lukewarm receptions from the automotive press. The Explorer was doomed from the get-go for abandoning its body-on-frame construction and whatever connotations of rugged off-road capability that came with it. Of course, nobody understood that CAFE and economies of scale, the two driving […]

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What do the Honda CR-V and Ford Explorer have in common? Both recieved lukewarm receptions from the automotive press. The Explorer was doomed from the get-go for abandoning its body-on-frame construction and whatever connotations of rugged off-road capability that came with it. Of course, nobody understood that CAFE and economies of scale, the two driving […]

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Review: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/review-2013-ford-explorer-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/review-2013-ford-explorer-sport/#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:22:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462517 Want a quick, agile, fun-to-drive vehicle you can stuff a bunch of kids into? Ford has what you’re looking for. Just one catch: you’ll have to move to Europe. Not that Ford sees no market here for a swift seven-seater. They do, just not for one like the S-Max. Instead, for 2013 we receive the […]

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Want a quick, agile, fun-to-drive vehicle you can stuff a bunch of kids into? Ford has what you’re looking for. Just one catch: you’ll have to move to Europe. Not that Ford sees no market here for a swift seven-seater. They do, just not for one like the S-Max. Instead, for 2013 we receive the […]

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Explorer Sport Offers Twin-Turbo Ecoboost For Just North of $40K http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/explorer-sport-offers-twin-turbo-ecoboost-for-just-north-of-40k/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/explorer-sport-offers-twin-turbo-ecoboost-for-just-north-of-40k/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2012 22:38:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=448262 When I was a young pup shucking out new Willow Green 1995 Explorer XLTs at MSRP or close to it, the Explorer Sport was the unwanted, low-markup, undesirable-demographic, showroom-poison, short-wheelbase, ugly-duckling, obvious-descendant-of-the-Bronco-II, credit-criminal-friendly… oh, you get the idea, right? Nobody wanted them and we didn’t bother to stock them in any quantity. Those days are […]

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When I was a young pup shucking out new Willow Green 1995 Explorer XLTs at MSRP or close to it, the Explorer Sport was the unwanted, low-markup, undesirable-demographic, showroom-poison, short-wheelbase, ugly-duckling, obvious-descendant-of-the-Bronco-II, credit-criminal-friendly… oh, you get the idea, right? Nobody wanted them and we didn’t bother to stock them in any quantity. Those days are […]

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Memo To Ford: Expand Use Of Buttons Beyond 2013 F-Series http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/memo-to-ford-expand-use-of-buttons-beyond-2013-f-series/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/memo-to-ford-expand-use-of-buttons-beyond-2013-f-series/#comments Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:39:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447512 The big news for the 2013 Ford F-Series appears to be the use of buttons, rather than trying to cram MyFord Touch down the gaping maw of every single product in the lineup implementing the MyFord Touch infotainment system. Apparently, it all has to do with work gloves. Damon Lavrinc, of Wired magazine (and the […]

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The big news for the 2013 Ford F-Series appears to be the use of buttons, rather than trying to cram MyFord Touch down the gaping maw of every single product in the lineup implementing the MyFord Touch infotainment system. Apparently, it all has to do with work gloves. Damon Lavrinc, of Wired magazine (and the […]

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BRB Driving Police Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/brb-driving-police-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/brb-driving-police-cars/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:02:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441726 Today is a busy day. Bertel and Ed are off somewhere plotting their next round of skullduggery, Murilee is prowling the junkyards of Denver for the elusive 1991 Isuzu Impulse AWD, Jack is laid up in bed with an illness certainly caught from his child’s pre-school, Steve and Sajeev are collaborating on their next hit […]

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Today is a busy day. Bertel and Ed are off somewhere plotting their next round of skullduggery, Murilee is prowling the junkyards of Denver for the elusive 1991 Isuzu Impulse AWD, Jack is laid up in bed with an illness certainly caught from his child’s pre-school, Steve and Sajeev are collaborating on their next hit […]

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Ford Explorer Sport Gets 3.5L Ecoboost http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ford-explorer-gets-3-5l-ecoboost-commercial-van-gets-diesel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ford-explorer-gets-3-5l-ecoboost-commercial-van-gets-diesel/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:29:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436963 Anyone looking for a Ford Taurus SHO with a bit more room and towing capacity have their prayers answered with the Ford Explorer Sport.   Yes, it may be an answer to a question that nobody asked. The Explorer Sport will get a 350 horsepower 3.5L Ecoboost V6 engine as well as a six-speed automatic. Bigger […]

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Anyone looking for a Ford Taurus SHO with a bit more room and towing capacity have their prayers answered with the Ford Explorer Sport.   Yes, it may be an answer to a question that nobody asked. The Explorer Sport will get a 350 horsepower 3.5L Ecoboost V6 engine as well as a six-speed automatic. Bigger […]

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Review: 2011 Ford Explorer XLT AWD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-ford-explorer-xlt-awd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-ford-explorer-xlt-awd/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:33:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381801 Imagine, for a moment, you are a plant. Well, not just any plant. You are Robert Plant, and everywhere you go, people want you to sing “Stairway to Heaven”. I’d rather not, you tell them. Never liked that one much, to be honest. We’ve a much better song that I’d much rather sing. Called ‘Kashmir’, […]

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Imagine, for a moment, you are a plant. Well, not just any plant. You are Robert Plant, and everywhere you go, people want you to sing “Stairway to Heaven”. I’d rather not, you tell them. Never liked that one much, to be honest. We’ve a much better song that I’d much rather sing. Called ‘Kashmir’, […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Is Crossover A Dirty Word? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-is-crossover-a-dirty-word/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-is-crossover-a-dirty-word/#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:20:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362884 I recently attended a fancy-pants dinner held by Chrysler PR for some Houston-area bloggers. We were wined, dined and introduced to the 2011 Grand Cherokee. While free food and journalistic integrity are a tough combo to swallow, I found something entertaining and inherently blog worthy: the castrated 2011 Ford Explorer is in the new Grand […]

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I recently attended a fancy-pants dinner held by Chrysler PR for some Houston-area bloggers. We were wined, dined and introduced to the 2011 Grand Cherokee. While free food and journalistic integrity are a tough combo to swallow, I found something entertaining and inherently blog worthy: the castrated 2011 Ford Explorer is in the new Grand […]

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The 2011 Explorer: It’s A Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/the-2011-explorer-its-a-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/the-2011-explorer-its-a-car/#comments Mon, 26 Jul 2010 05:37:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361552 One week ago, I was given a “sneak peek” of the new Explorer at Ford’s Product Development Center in Dearborn. I learned then what you all probably know by now: The new Explorer is a D3-platform vehicle, offering reasonably spacious seven-seat packaging, the myFordTouch in-car entertainment system, a twin-LCD dashboard, and a 237-horsepower turbo four […]

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One week ago, I was given a “sneak peek” of the new Explorer at Ford’s Product Development Center in Dearborn. I learned then what you all probably know by now: The new Explorer is a D3-platform vehicle, offering reasonably spacious seven-seat packaging, the myFordTouch in-car entertainment system, a twin-LCD dashboard, and a 237-horsepower turbo four […]

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Ask the Best And Brightest: Has The Explorer Been A Bright Spot Or Low Light? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/ask-the-best-and-brightest-has-the-explorer-been-a-bright-spot-or-low-light/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/ask-the-best-and-brightest-has-the-explorer-been-a-bright-spot-or-low-light/#comments Sat, 24 Jul 2010 20:34:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361520 As we roll along towards tomorrow’s social-media-focused reveal of the 2011 Explorer, I thought we’d take one last time to discuss the old trucks and their general merits. It’s possible to argue that the Explorer has provided quality transport for millions of American families; it’s also possible to cast the vehicle in the role of […]

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As we roll along towards tomorrow’s social-media-focused reveal of the 2011 Explorer, I thought we’d take one last time to discuss the old trucks and their general merits. It’s possible to argue that the Explorer has provided quality transport for millions of American families; it’s also possible to cast the vehicle in the role of […]

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Capsule Review: 1994 Explorer and the Not So Naughty Nurse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/capsule-review-1994-explorer-and-the-not-so-naughty-nurse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/capsule-review-1994-explorer-and-the-not-so-naughty-nurse/#comments Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361428 The 1995 Explorer gave me a real taste of what it must be like to be an “order-taker” at a Honda or Toyota dealership. Customers drove up, took whatever we had on the lot, and paid sticker without complaining. We were perennially short on inventory, which of course didn’t keep my flamboyant General Manager from […]

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The 1995 Explorer gave me a real taste of what it must be like to be an “order-taker” at a Honda or Toyota dealership. Customers drove up, took whatever we had on the lot, and paid sticker without complaining. We were perennially short on inventory, which of course didn’t keep my flamboyant General Manager from […]

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Capsule Review: 1995 Explorer And The Disney Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/capsule-review-1995-explorer-and-the-disney-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/capsule-review-1995-explorer-and-the-disney-deal/#comments Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:45:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361406 Having just seen the new Explorer, but being under some kind of embargo, I’ve decided to write about old Explorers this week – jb My parents raised me to never inquire about another person’s salary, but they didn’t have the chance to deliver this message to everyone else in America. As a result, I’ve seen […]

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Having just seen the new Explorer, but being under some kind of embargo, I’ve decided to write about old Explorers this week – jb My parents raised me to never inquire about another person’s salary, but they didn’t have the chance to deliver this message to everyone else in America. As a result, I’ve seen […]

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