I’m talking about the Ford Explorer Sport. The lack of objective information on this car prompted the compilation of the review. To be honest, I don’t really trust professional reviews, since they are based on press releases and “bikes” of manufacturers. Therefore, get a truthful opinion from the real owner.
I’ll tell you right away by what criteria I chose a car. We needed a roomy model, and didn’t want to pay for unused “bells and whistles”, such as heated glasses or LED backlighting, which changes color depending on the driver’s mood (I exaggerate, of course, but the meaning is clear).
Review of Explorer Sport 3.5 (360 HP) 2013
Another important requirement is reasonable fuel consumption. You don’t need a gluttonous crocodile, but you want a practical and reliable car. Oh, yes, I almost forgot – not in last place was the cost of maintaining the “iron horse”.
I will say that I have an impressive experience of driving various cars. There were Volkswagens, BMWs, Mercedes, even Lincoln, Lexus RX, LX570. Therefore, there is something to compare with. Before buying, I tested a modification equipped with a 294-horsepower engine and a Sport version.
I must say right away that the car is not invested in the declared 6.5 seconds to 100 km / h from zero, so the statement about the “rocket” is rather doubtful. Although the crossover cannot be called devoid of dynamics. At the same time, the turbines give a tangible increase – after their activation, Explorer Sport becomes a real athlete.
The car perfectly enters the turns, does not fall even on sharp turns. I like the suspension developers. Hankook tires that come from the factory are worth a separate mention. Usually, such rubber does not differ in good properties, but here I was pleased – the tires keep the road, even wet, so I will not change it for now.
A lot of noise is raised because of the low front bumper skirt. I wanted to rework, but then I realized that the game is not worth the trouble. It also has excellent splash control. If you fly into a good swamp, it ends up on the hood. And this, I want to say, is not a problem, since the muffler hangs much lower, and after installing additional protection, the ground clearance has decreased significantly.
The headlights were very upset – native lamps do not shine, and I had to change them. Now bixenon is more happy. I also installed an auto-corrector for headlights – in general, I had to spend money on this business. I put LEDs in the foglights – it turned out well enough.
Now about fuel consumption. The first 4000 km in the break-in mode, the car consumed more than 13.0 liters per 100 km. Then consumption increased to 15.5 liters, but this is 92 gasoline. The machine accepts it without any problems, does not be capricious. Oil condition – 62% per 8,000 mileage. That’s pretty good. Additionally, I installed an autostart from an alarm and a turbo timer for normal cooling of the supercharger.
The upholstery does not squeak annoyingly, I hope it will not continue. The windshield pillars are not well thought out – they are too wide and cover oncoming cars. You need to get used to and adapt to this moment. At the same time, the side mirrors provide excellent visibility. Here I understand that nothing is perfect. In general, the visibility is normal – you need to take into account the low landing of the car relative to classmates.
The suspension is stiff, but it’s more of a plus for a crossover. Sound insulation is at a high level – the cabin is quiet, even when driving on uneven road surfaces. The steering wheel is balanced, it is not hard and not easy to turn it, in general it is normal. To drive around the city, you need to adapt to the gas pedal.
I pressed a little harder – and the speedometer needle approaches 100 km / h. Overtaking on the Explorer is a pleasure. The maximum accelerated to 180 km / h, and the ceiling was 230 km / h, but I don’t want to reach it, I don’t why.
The brakes are very sharp, so it is advisable to buckle up, otherwise, when stopping, you can hit the windshield. Parking such a large car is not very convenient, so I additionally installed a parking sensor in front.
The multimedia does not slow down, reads the information without freezing – there are no complaints here. True, the interface itself is intricate, but if you sit and figure it out, then there will be no problems with further use. A lot of settings – this is done to fine-tune the functions for yourself. A good solution is to duplicate information from the display on the dashboard. The tire pressure sensor is working correctly.
The chairs do not provide good lateral support, but they cannot be called inconvenient either, here, rather, a subjective factor is included. Of the technical breakdowns, only the leaky gearbox oil seal has upset so far. But the problem was fixed under warranty.
Conclusion: I am generally satisfied with the car. This is a good level of dynamics, effective brakes, moderate consumption. Ford Explorer Sport lives up to the money it is asking for. But the cost of maintaining the car is not encouraging. Maintenance insurance (which must be carried out every 14,000 – 16,000 km) shakes out a tidy sum. But if you compare the costs of a Mercedes GL, Audi Q7 and Cruiser 200, then it comes out more economical.