The Ford Explorer was once a truck-based SUV that now has more car-like features. This mid-size SUV first hit the market in the late 90s and continued to evolve over the years. In 2011, the Explorer was the first of its kind to offer an infotainment system.

Most Explorer SUVs offer an array of standard features. From a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat to cruise control and heated front and rear seats, the Explorer features much of what you would expect from today's advanced technology.

Originally, the Explorer had a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with 255 lbs. of torque combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive was available, and it was paired with technology such as a terrain management system for optimizing traction during specific driving conditions.

Ford later introduced the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 240-horsepower and 270 lbs. of torque. The engine offered more fuel efficiency for drivers who wanted to maintain some of the capabilities of the traditional SUV without breaking their bank accounts on gas.

During the 2013 model year, Ford introduced the Sport package. A 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 with standard four-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension was standard with this package. Ford also included passenger-side knee airbags. Over the next several years, Ford did not change much on the Explorer.

However, the Explorer later received a massive redesign with all-new wheel choices and an entirely new line of exterior styling. Ford began to offer the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive. The 2.3-liter turbo replaced the 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

For 2020, Ford revamped the Explorer's design and performance features once again. The base-model engine is now a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged engine. The top-of-the-line engine for the Explorer is now a 365-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. Ford also plans to include a hybrid option at some point in the future. Power lift gates are now a standard feature among all Ford Explorer SUVs.

We offer a comprehensive inventory of used Ford Explorer SUVs at our dealership in Franklin. Stop by to test drive one today.

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