The 2011 Ford Explorer is a radical reboot of one of Ford's most popular SUVs. This new sport utility vehicle shifts into crossover territory thanks to the adoption of a unibody frame and the availability of front-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive remains an option for the Explorer and is bolstered by the new Terrain Management System. Ford has positioned the 2011 Explorer to compete with high capacity SUVs thanks to its seven passenger seating and good interior volume. As much as 80.7 cubic feet of gear can be stowed in the new sport utility vehicle with the rear rows out of the picture.
A V-8 option is no longer offered on the 2011 Ford Explorer - instead, it has been replaced with a 283 horsepower V-6 engine that is also capable of generating 252 lb-ft of torque. This 3.5-liter unit is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the vehicle's maximum tow rating comes in at 5,000 lbs.