Ford Explorer

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

83
Priced From $28,870
MPG 20.0
Styles Reviewed
SUV/TruckSUV/Truck
Vehicle's Review History
Average overall score
for this vehicle, by year:
2013 models 85
2012 models 81
2011 models 83
2010 models 80
2008 models 78

TheTruthAboutCars.com

10/02/12
2012-10-02
85
100

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Michael Karesh Michael Karesh Score Pending 2013 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

The Explorer Sport offers a combination of power, space, and comfort. What is more needed in a three-row crossover, these things, or agile handling?

Motor Trend

07/16/12
2012-07-16
85
100

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Edward A. Sanchez Edward A. Sanchez Score Pending 2013 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

If you’re looking for a quiet, relatively comfortable three-row midsize SUV with gadgets galore, and aren’t fixated on having a status vehicle in your driveway, the Explorer Limited packs a lot of goodies at a relatively reasonable price. Just don’t expect an out-of-the-ordinary driving experience.

Edmunds.com

02/13/12
2012-02-13
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2013 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

With solid on-road dynamics, decent fuel efficiency and an accommodating, high-class cabin, the 2013 Ford Explorer is a top pick for a large crossover SUV.

DriverSide.com

08/29/11
2011-08-29
85
100

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Josh Sadlier Josh Sadlier 7.1 out of 10 2012 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

Ford has wiped the grins off everyone’s faces with this new turbocharged Explorer. All things considered, it’s one of the best three-row crossovers you can buy.

Edmunds.com

08/24/11
2011-08-24
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2012 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

With solid on-road dynamics, decent fuel efficiency and an accommodating, high-class cabin, the 2012 Ford Explorer is a top pick for a large crossover SUV.

Car and Driver

08/29/11
2011-08-29
80
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Steve Siler Steve Siler 6.1 out of 10 2012 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

The portly Explorer is just a bit too much Ford for four cylinders to handle—even with a turbo.

Cars.com

10/15/11
2011-10-15
80
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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David Thomas David Thomas 8.6 out of 10 2012 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

The Explorer will undoubtedly please SUV fans but it might leave families flat, thanks to a tight second row and high step-in height.

AutoBlog.com

02/11/11
2011-02-11
79
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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John Neff John Neff Score Pending 2012 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

Some 20 years after America met the first Explorer, size is the main thing that’s holding this latest model back from ever achieving the big box office numbers of its predecessors. That kind of money is reserved for much smaller vehicles these days.

Motor Trend

08/28/11
2011-08-28
76
100

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Jonny Lieberman Jonny Lieberman 6.2 out of 10 2012 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

Slow, clumsy, pricey, thirstier than we would have thought, and a packaging disaster, the new Ford Explorer EcoBoost is not a Motor Trend favorite. We’re not sure we even like the styling anymore.

USA Today

12/16/10
2010-12-16
87
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

By any name or description, the new Explorer easily deserves to be at or near the top of an SUV (or crossover) shopping list.

Detroit News

12/23/10
2010-12-23
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Scott Burgess Scott Burgess 8.5 out of 10 2011 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

The 2011 Ford Explorer is bigger but drives smaller. It’s modern. It’s filled with high-tech features that don’t make me feel like an idiot. And it gets good gas mileage. Oh, and it looks really nice, too.

New York Times

12/17/10
2010-12-17
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Christopher Jensen Christopher Jensen Score Pending 2011 Ford Explorer SUV/Truck

The new Explorer’s excellence on pavement, its safety equipment and its comforts are likely to match the needs of many families most of the time. It may well be the new benchmark in its class.

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