Ford Explorer Sport Gets 3.5L Ecoboost

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
ford explorer sport gets 3 5l ecoboost

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 brakes, qucker steering and a revised exterior will seperate the Sport from lesser Explorers. Fuel economy is expected to be 16/22 mpg and the Explorer Sport should be able to tow 5,000 lbs. Anyone who ever missed out on a Saleen XP8 can now have their shot at a hi-po SUV from the Blue Oval.

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  • 86SN2001 86SN2001 on Mar 28, 2012

    So what we have is an uglier SUV.....with a V6......that gets the fuel economy of a far more capable V8 SUV......all while retaining it's softroader capabilities. Oh and a 'far too high' price tag. Yippee.....just what the world needed.

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    • NulloModo NulloModo on Mar 28, 2012

      @NulloModo ajla - Mentioned the Tahoe Hybrid below - starts at $55K for the 4wd, my guess is that Explorer EcoBoost will start at about $42-$45K. (Explorer limited 4wd starts at just over $40K with the base 3.5 V6).

  • RRJ RRJ on Mar 28, 2012

    Well, Ford does have a far more powerful engine in its lineup than any offered by Chrysler/Jeep. So if Ford put this engine, from the 2013 GT500, in the Explorer (you know, the engine with way more power - 650hp, 600 torque, than the SRT8 - 470 hp, 465 torque), do you really think that very many people would buy it?

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    • Number6 Number6 on Mar 29, 2012

      @outback_ute Considering how often my EB F-150s slush box gives a neutral-droppy downshift from 5 -> 4, there is more truth to this than you might think...

  • JaySeis JaySeis on Mar 28, 2012

    The wife and I debated this. We downsized from F250 SD/Expeditions to a Sport Trac Andrenalin. I wasn't farming anymore and the kids were gone. I still needed to tow my 5500# boat which the STA does quite easily with the 4.6. It gets a tad under 22 on the highway, rides great, AWD with the 6spd auto. Hauls 5 (in a pinch) & fits into the garage easier. I liked the Explorer but it misses that 7500 pound sweetspot on towing slightly bigger things, but not really big things of course. The Flex was a really close second but I wanted a bed that can haul chain saws & weedswhackers, fuel cans, waste oil and I'm not ever doing that again with an SUV. That being said, the best all around SUV we ever had was the Exped (two over 10 years). Before alcohol appeared, the 5.4 '03 averaged 21 on the highway. We like the Edge. 3.5 EB would be woohoo!

  • Peteinsonj Peteinsonj on Mar 28, 2012

    22 mpg? pathetic.

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    • Naterator Naterator on Mar 29, 2012

      What are you talking about? 16/22 in a vehicle this size is amazing. If I wasn't so tight-fisted, I'd go look at one.