The Ford Explorer started the SUV movement back in 1991 with a simple two box body on frame design that brought utility to a whole new level. However things have changed for the familiar Blue Oval badged hauler, and now the Explorer is much more forgiving crossover than the SUV it once was thanks to 21st century unibody construction, since it essentially rides on a car chassis. However this hasn't stopped Ford from stiffening up the chassis, shoehorning their big 3.5 Liter twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 under the hood and sending power to all four wheels to create the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, which just so happens to be the most expensive Explorer that money can buy, with a base price of over $40k
With the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4, the company has gone all out. On the outside the first thing you notice is the technical wrap meaning Ford basically blacked everything out. The high gloss grille is combined with low gloss mesh which sweep into the cool cut headlamps. The lower bumper has a blacked out look with integrated fog lights. The Explorer Sport has 20-inch wheels wrapped in sticky rubber which are a half-inch wider than the standard Explorer tires. On the side the sills, cargo bars, and side mirrors are all blacked out. Everything looks great together and you know the Explorer Sport means business.
The great looks are not where the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport ends; one look under the hood reveals some serious power. The engine is a powerful and fun 3.5 liter V-6 EcoBoost motor. Output is a hefty 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission has paddle shifters too. Fuel Economy checks in at 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
The Ford Explorer Sport is actually a sporty vehicle on the road. The EcoBoost engine puts out more horsepower than the Porsche Cayenne V-6. The Crossover SUV handles well and corners very flat thanks to the extra engine brace, AWD system, and sticky wide tires.