The 2011 Explorer V-6 has been rated at 17/25 mpg by the EPA, Ford announced today. In comparison, the Explorer’s rating is 25 percent better with the new 3.5-liter V-6 than the outgoing 210-horsepower V-6, which is 0.5-liters larger.
When powered by the standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, the Explorer can be equipped to tow up to 5,000 pounds. At 290 horsepower, the new Explorer V6 exceeds the 2010 Explorer V6 by 80 horsepower. In addition, the 2011 Explorer V6’s power compares favorably to that of the 2010 Explorer V8, rated at 292 horsepower.
Explorer’s fuel efficiency improvement is the cumulative result of multiple individual technologies, innovations and advancements.
The all-new Explorer body shape was optimized in a wind tunnel to reduce wind noise and increase fuel economy. Ford aerodynamicists and designers found that coordination between the front-mounted air dam and the rear liftgate lip spoiler could add almost 1 mpg at highway speeds.
The new Explorer marks the introduction of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), yielding significantly improved maneuverability, reduced parasitic engine drag, weight savings and increased fuel economy. However, the new Explorer shaved 100 lb (45 kg) in weight over the previous generation model, partially due to the new unibody structure.