Ford has released pricing for the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport on its configurator. It’s priced at $ 41,545 once you add in the $ 825 destination charge.
No question, the Sport model is expensive, but it’s probably the one I’d try to get, because I just can’t get excited about either the naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 or the 2.0-liter turbo in this heavy crossover. To review, the Sport has the twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 rated at 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It does give up some mpg, though, as Ford is predicting only a 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway rating compared to 17/23-24 for the regular V6 version and 20/28 for the four-cylinder turbo.
I built mine with the extra-cost White Platinum Tricoat ($ 495), because we’re sick of silver and can’t see getting black or red. And the white looks nice with those dark-finish 20-inch wheels that are standard whether you like them or not. Also, I surprised myself a little by checking off Package 402A ($ 4,130) to get navigation… I guess I like MyFord Touch more than I thought. (The configurator automatically lops off $ 500 with a current bonus cash deal, but that only applies if you finance through Ford Credit.)
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