New 2013 Ford Explorer Sport: Fuel-Efficient, High-Performance SUV Features Inspired Design Cues and EcoBoost V6 Engine with 350-hp

The first-ever performance version of the Ford Explorer arrives this year with the highest projected fuel economy among gasoline-engine-powered, high- performance SUVs. With a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine making at least 350 horsepower and four-wheel drive with a Terrain Management System, Explorer Sport delivers enhanced on-road dynamics with sporty design cues inside and out.

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Under the hood

Completely new for 2011, the Ford Explorer has been winning over customers with its improved on-road handling, impressive comfort and convenience technologies, and fuel economy never before delivered by an SUV.

For the 2013 model year, Explorer Sport brings high-performance SUV power and projected fuel economy of up to 16 U.S. mpg in city driving and 22 U.S. mpg on the highway – anticipating 3 U.S. mpg better in the city and 2 U.S.mpg on the highway than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-litre Hemi engines. It scores 3 U.S. mpg higher in the city and 4 U.S. mpg higher on the highway than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. 

The Explorer Sport features a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with a unique 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio to provide the balance of responsive acceleration and economical low-rpm cruising for better fuel efficiency.


Sport builds on Explorer’s muscular, sculpted form with subtle cues to differentiate it from other models in the lineup. Available in four exterior colours – Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Tuxedo Black Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic – Explorer Sport has unique 20-inch painted and machined wheels, features blacked-out headlamp and taillamp treatments, black roof rack rails, sideview mirror skull caps and a liftgate appliqué.

The Explorer Sport’s special grille is a low-gloss Sterling Gray mesh, with contrasting ebony high-gloss bars. The black front lower fascia features a functional opening for additional cooling. Explorer logotype in billet-like black adds a bold identity statement. Subtle Sport and EcoBoost badges at the rear finish the liftgate.

2017 ford explorer sport
The new 2017 Ford Explorer Sport


Inside, the high-end feel continues. Charcoal Black leather-trimmed seating is available with and without contrasting Sienna inserts.

The interior design contrast was inspired by fashion, mirroring two-tones that are currently seen in leather accessories and apparel from design houses Balenciaga and Prada. Stitching is emphasized to lend a handcrafted appearance while highlighting Explorer Sport’s sculptured seats.

Explorer Sport also has unique steering wheel stitching, a technical look to instrument and door panel appliqués, unique Sport-logo floor mats and illuminated scuff plates.

Comfort, convenience, connectivity

As the top of the Explorer line in Canada, Sport gets a robust array of standard customer-focused technologies that make driving more comfortable, convenient and connected. These include:

  • 4WD with Terrain Management System
  • Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • 10-way power driver’s seat with power recline and lumbar
  • Six-way power passenger seat with recline and lumbar
  • First-row heated seats
  • Intelligent access with Push-Button Start
  • Compass and exterior temperature display
  • Rear view camera
  • Remote Start
  • SYNC® with MyFord Touch® driver connect technology
  • Sony® Premium Audio System and 12 speakers
  • Active park assist
  • 110-volt outlet
  • PowerFold mirrors
  • Adjustable pedals with memory
  • Power liftgate
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert

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