Theres no doubt in my mind that those of you who are interested in the car scene or even those who are just casual drivers have known or heard of Ford’s best selling SUV, the Explorer. It’s worth noting that the first Explorer appeared in 1991 and some argue that it was the vehicle that started people’s love for SUV’s.
This review will be covering the 5th generation 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, the top of the range model of the 4 Explorer’s available in Kuwait’s Ford dealership which are: (The Base Explorer, XLT Explorer, LIMITED Explorer and finally the one being reviewed today: the Explorer Sport).
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While most people consider the addition of the word ‘SPORT’ to any car model would mean some sporty looking stickers here and there and maybe a change of headlights, this is certainly not the case here. The Explorer Sport is packed with so many truly impressive options and equipped with some highly advanced twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6, generating 365 horsepower, and a 6-Speed very responsive automatic sport-tuned transmission, giving the car a true sporty feel.
The SPORT Explorer is also distinguished by it’s blacked-out lights, bigger polished exhaust tips, black trim, 20″ machined aluminum wheels with black painted pockets (taken from the LIMITED Explorer, I personally enjoyed and loved all these exterior attractions which made the car stand out and turn heads wherever I drove it. It’s available in 3 colors: Ruby Red, Ingot Silver Metallic and Tuxedo Black Metallic.
The Explorer has changed to this current shape back in 2011, when it changed from a truck based platform to a new car based platform, a change I didn’t like since I’m I currently own a 2009 Explorer, and I love the truck nature and shape of it but I guess the world’s taste for SUVs has changed and Ford as all car companies has to meet the demands of the consumers.
Since it was reintroduced 2 years ago, this car has been a bestseller for Ford, which only shows people’s love for this type of SUVs. Driving this car made me realise how powerful and fun to drive it is. Yet, very stable and comfortable unlike the previous models which were more rough and bumpy sometimes.
I must say that Ford has done an impressive work merging the comfort of a sedan maintaining the spaciousness of a full size SUV with it’s 3 rows of seats and huge trunk space. I had the whole family aboard, 2 baby strollers and a lot of grocery packed and I still had so more space in it.
The interior of the car was astonishing, very high quality contrasting stitching on the leathers seats and the steering wheel, push button start, automatic up/down windows for the driver and the passenger, LCD panel, GPS Navigation, LED multi colored trims of the center panel and doors (looked amazing when driving in at night), silver carbon fiber trims, soft touch plastics, center stack with Sony Stereo and Ford Sync bluetooth system with touch sensitive buttons (which takes some getting used to by the way) and a reverse camera with a sensor, are the most noticeable features of the interior. in addition to a chrome gear shifter plus a manual mode with pedal F1 Shifters on the steering wheel. and for your media needs, it has iPod connectors, AV cable ports and USB ports as well.
The Explorer is no longer a 4-wheel drive car since it’s a car based SUV now, so it’s an all-wheel drive car, and you have a dial controller that lets you easily shift into one of four settings that includes:
● “Normal” focuses torque to the front wheels
● “Mud/Ruts” allows tires to spin as needed
● “Sand” throws maximum torque to all wheels
● “Grass/Gravel/Snow” minimizes occurrenceo
The A/C was very cold and had lots and lots of options for atmosphere control, whether you’re seated in the front or one of the back rows of seats. it also had cooled/heated seats, a pretty neat feature too.
All in all, driving the 2013 Explorer Sport was a pleasure and I certainly recommend it for people who are in the market for a high-end SUV for daily use. The Ford Explorer Sport 2013 I tried cost around KD 16,000. Click [here] to see the other Ford Explorer Models.
About the Guest Writer:
Ahmed Khader is a car enthusiast and a car paparazzi. He currently manages his car designated instagram account (carsofkuwait). Ahmed will be writing most if not all car reviews on the blog.