2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Limited Test Drive

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Limited RWD an iconic SUV with added efficiency and adventure readiness. 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Limited OVERVIEW Ford’s now-iconic Explorer was one of the first SUVs to come to market nearly 30 years ago, and since its debut, millions have been sold. A new Platinum Edition was added to the lineup…

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NWAPA Mudfest 2016 ? Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Shelton, Wash. ? One of our favorite events each year is the annual Northwest Automotive Press Association?s (NWAPA) Mudfest. We were involved in the creation of the annual SUV evaluation and have participated in a majority of the programs during the event?s 22-year history. Mudfest has evolved through the years…

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2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Test Drive

?2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Edition? Iconic SUV comes Adventure Ready Durango, CO to Albuquerque, NM – Ford?s Explorer was one of the first SUVs to come to market some 25 years ago, and since its debut, more than 7 million have been sold. To celebrate the iconic Explorer?s 25th anniversary, the Blue Oval team orchestrated…

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2013 Ford Explorer Sport Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Like the magic word ?abracadabra? which often triggers a magician?s feat, Ford has invoked ?EcoBoost? to conjure success for the company. It is a strange made-up word, which by definition, is almost a dichotomy in mechanical terms. Nevertheless, EcoBoost has become ?magic? for Ford and every product that gets it…

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Test Drive: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

?Ford?s 2013 Explorer Sport: A fully capable high performance SUV? The Blue Oval team at Ford Motor Company literally reinvented their immensely popular Explorer SUV for the 2011 model year. It was introduced, powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produced 290 horsepower and 255 pound feet of torque, with an optionally available 2.0-liter EcoBoost, turbocharged…

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Mudfest – Part 2

By Bill and Barbara Schaffer After two full days of driving briskly between hundreds of traffic cones, cruising along wooded back roads and wallowing through mud in 25 different SUVs, we marked our ballots for the Northwest Automotive Press Associations SUV of the Year Competition. Here?s a list of the Family SUVs with basic information…

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Test Drive: Ford Explorer

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Once the icon of the SUV movement in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Ford Explorer dropped off the new car-buying map.? A casualty of high fuel prices, the economic downturn and the environmental movement, Explorer was sent back to the drawing board. Totally reinvented, the 2012 Ford Explorer has…

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Ford Adds High Performance Explorer

?Ford is adding its first-ever high performance version of the Ford Explorer SUV. Taking advantage of the powerful and economical twin-turbocharged EcoBoost??V-6 engine, the new Ford Explorer Sport boasts 350 horsepower and four-wheel drive with a Terrain Management System?. ?Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the…

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The Ford Explorer LEGO? Model

The Latest new model of the Ford Explorer rolled out of the Chicago Assembly Plant on September 26, fashioned from 380,000 LEGO bricks.? The bright red LEGOLAND Florida edition Explorer, was created by 22 designers, weighs 2,654 pounds and is supported by a 768-pound interior aluminum base.?…

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Test Drive: 2011 Ford Explorer Limited

?Ford Reinvents Explorer SUV for 2011? When Ford Motor Company first introduced its venerable Explorer SUV, it literally gave new definition to the segment. Now, for the 2011 model year, the Blue Oval team serves up a completely reinvented vehicle that?s sure to raise the bar yet again for the segment with significant gains in…

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