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Date posted: January 4, 2016

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Road Test

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is the new top-of-the-line version of Ford’s midsize SUV. Think of it as the best of the Limited and Sport models in one package. As such, the Platinum features the strongest available engine, the superb 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, along with all-wheel drive. It also has the most luxurious Explorer interior ever, along with every available active safety feature. It’s certainly a luxurious, capable package, but the real-world fuel economy of the standard twin-turbo engine typically falls short of its ratings.

The 2016 Ford Explorer is a three-row midsize SUV available in either front- or all-wheel drive with one of three engines. For 2016, the Explorer receives refreshed exterior styling, minor interior changes, updated safety features, revised suspension tuning, a new midgrade engine and the new top-end Platinum trim level tested here.

Base Explorers get a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The new-for-2016 midrange engine is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Topping the range is a twin-turbo V6 with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes standard in the Sport and Platinum models. All engines use a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Source: edmunds.com


   
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