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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door Heat
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Heat 16 22 $21,652 $22,245
2WD 4-Door Detonator 16 21 $25,372 $26,245
2WD 4-Door Shock 16 21 $26,302 $27,245
4WD 4-Door Heat 15 21 $23,320 $23,995
4WD 4-Door Detonator 16 21 $27,040 $27,995
4WD 4-Door Shock 16 21 $27,970 $28,995
FWD 4-Door Base
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,652
$26,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,245
$28,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$371 / month
$473 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 16 mpg 17 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 56.1 57.3
Second Leg Room (in) 39.4 39.8
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 41.4
Second Hip Room (in) 47.4 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 61.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.5 151.7
Second Head Room (in) 40.8 40.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 61.0
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 40.6
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Third Hip Room (in) - 40.7
Third Head Room (in) - 37.8
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
Third Leg Room (in) - 33.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 67.0
Wheelbase (in) 108.8 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 78.9
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 67.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 178.9 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 46.5 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.5 70.4
Liftover Height (in) 33.3 NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 29.3 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 68.7 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 21.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 40.5 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 1.1 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.4 x 0.5 - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.5 18.6
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.42 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.4 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.3 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code TRY - TBD -
Front Tire Size P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size Compact T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code TRY - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 300
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3976 4557
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 20 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 20 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Mini
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 175
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 235 @ 4000 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code EKG 998
Displacement 3.7L/226 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5200 290 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 2.87
Trans Order Code DGV 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 4.48
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.84
Trans Type 4 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.21 2.88
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - 1.00
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name Dodge Nitro Ford Explorer
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Upper/Lower "A" arms MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 10.4 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
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