The 2011 Ford Explorer is definitely on of the nicest SUV/Crossover offerings for the 2011 model year but it is also one that is testing the market by offering smaller engines at a premium.
The 2011 Ford Explorer will go on sale later this winter with prices starting at $28,190 for the base model and top out at $39,190 for the 2011 Explorer Limited with all-wheel-drive. At launch, all 2011 Ford Explorer models are available with a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine making 290-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque.
Later down the line, Ford will offer an optional 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost engine making 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque – it is expected to increase fuel-economy by 30 percent. While pricing for the 4-cylinder EcoBoost model has yet to be released, Ford said it will come in at a premium over the V6.
With that in mind – do you think you would pay more for a smaller engine if a more powerful engine was available to you at lower cost.
Let us know in the poll below and give us your 2 cents in the comments section after the jump.
Refresher: Power for the 2011 Ford Explorer comes from a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine making 290-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission or the optional 6-speed SelectShift automatic. Ford will also offer an 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost engine making 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Also mated to a 6-speed automatic, the EcoBoost Explorer is expected to deliver a 30 percent increase in fuel-economy. The 2011 Explorer will hit dealerships with three trim levels including base, XLT and Limited. Prices start at $28,190.
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– By: Omar Rana