2016 Ford Explorer Information
Changes abound for the 2016 Ford Explorer. The front and rear cameras have washers to keep the lens clean, an exclusive feature in the segment. The revamped USB ports recharge portable devices like smartphones up to two times faster than the competition and the liftgate can both be raised and lowered by a simple kick underneath the rear bumper.
But the biggest update to the Explorer is the introduction of the Platinum Edition. This trim takes the top spot in the lineup's trim levels, which includes the base model, the XLT, the Limited, and the Sport. The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum comes standard with everything from the Limited including items normally available in the Limited's 301A option package like blind-spot detection and inflatable seatbelts for the second row. Adaptive cruise control, a dual-panel sunroof, nicer leather upholstery for the seats, and a premium audio system by Sony are also standard. It's not surprising options are few on the Platinum.
Continuing to power most Explorer models is a 3.5-liter V-6 that carries over from last year. Output is 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels. A change from last year is all-wheel drive. Now all Corvallis Ford Explorer models and trim levels can be equipped with it.
A new 2.3-liter turbo-charged four cylinder engine is available in 2016. It puts down 270 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. It's available on the base, the XLT, and the Limited.
The 3.5-liter V-6 turbo is standard on both the Explorer Sport and Platinum. It's rated at 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque and can launch the SUV from zero to 60 mph in a quick 6.3 seconds according to Edmunds.
All three engines are mated to an excellent six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy varies from 18 mpg combined with the turbo V-6 to as high as 22 mpg combined with the 2.3-liter engine. Tow capacity is 5,000 lbs. in properly equipped Explorer models.
The 2016 Corvallis Ford Explorer continues to be well-equipped no matter the model or trim level. This is especially true in safety. Both the driver and front passenger are protected by frontal and side seat- airbags. A rollover sensor and side airbags minimize injuries to all passengers with protection for their head and chest via the Safety Canopy System. Note these airbags are designed to provide maximum safety when deployed, even if a passenger's head is resting against the window. Finally, the trailer sway control system uses Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control to automatically adjust both the engine output and braking system to keep any trailers out back under control, no matter their size.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.