The 2011 Explorer takes an entirely different tack for Ford, certainly compared to its tire-exploding predecessors, so I’m going to take a similarly atypical approach with this review. It’s a limerick.
‘Tis proper to waft, not stomp
From up high the view is pure pomp
Blinks and beeps abound
Informing sir what’s around
The school run still trumps the swamp
To my mother, the architect and driver of a daffodil yellow ’98 A4 for the past 11 years, the Explorer seemed like an overwrought limousine. She flatly refused to believe that such a preponderance of utility and technology could be purchased so inexpensively.
2011 Ford Explorer Limited AWD Dorky Facts:
Price: from $29,999; $53,999 as tested
Engine: 3.5L V6
Power: 290hp @ 6,500RPM
Torque: 255 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
Claimed fuel economy: 12.5L/100km city
Observed fuel economy: 15.6L/100km
0-100kph: 7.5 sec
First drive of the Explorer, where we flogged it in the Quebec countryside, is here.