2013 Ford Explorer Sport Upgrades Explained

2013 Ford Explorer Sport Picture

Ford Motor Company is adding a new model to the 2013 Ford Explorer lineup, the all-new Ford Explorer Sport. The Sport model is still based on the regular four-door, three-row body style as the other Explorer models. The upgraded model will feature a twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost engine which will produce at least 350 hp.

“Adding an EcoBoost drive train to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the lineup,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. “This is our highest-performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever.” Other enhancements to the Explorer Sport model are as follows:

Top Upgrades

  1. Miles per gallon (MPG): The Explorer Sport not only features a 350 hp behemoth under the hood, but is able to balance that power with class leading mpg at 22 mpg highway and 16 mpg city. A combination of performance and fuel economy that’s unheard of in the current SUV arena. To offer a quick comparison the BMW’s X5 M produces 555 hp, but at the cost of 17 mpg fuel economy. The Range Rover Sport HSE produces 375 hp, but returns only 18 mpg. And lastly Jeep’s Grand Cherokee SRT8 produces 470 hp with the same fuel economy as the Range Rover at 18 mpg.
  2. Performance: The Sport model is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, paddle shifters, four-wheel drive and a terrain management system. It also includes larger brakes, a solid mounted electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) rack with a faster ratio for better steering, and a stiffened, reinforced chassis.
  3. Exterior Styling: Explorer Sport enhances its appearance with a special low-gloss Sterling Gray grille, 20 inch painted and machined wheels, blacked-out headlights and taillights, black roof rails, side view mirror caps and lower front fascia treatment. Buyers have the choice of four metallic paint colors: Ingot Silver, Ruby Red, Tuxedo Black, or White Platinum.
  4. Interior Styling: The Sporty influence continues into the interior of the SUV with available Charcoal black leather seats, available with or without contrasting Sienna inserts. The floor mats are also stitched with Sport Badges.

Explorer Sport Features

Standard equipment on the range topping model include: a dual-zone automatic climate control with heated seats, 10 way power driver’s seat, backup assist with rearview monitor, SYNC with MyFord Touch, and 12 speaker Sony premium audio system. Available add-ons include: a dual-pane sunroof, 110-volt electrical outlet, power-adjustable pedals, power liftgate  power-folding mirrors, keyless access with pushbutton start, and a Class III towing package. The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport can also be equipped with Ford’s Active Park Assist Self parking system, blind-spot monitoring and cross traffic alert, and inflatable rear seat belt airbags.


The Explorer Sport has drastically changed from the little two door SUV we grew up with in the 90’s and 2000’s but its 2013 revival is sure to create some major buzz within the performance SUV class. In the words of Explorer chief engineer Bill Gubing, “Explorer Sport is an uncompromising high-performance SUV. From making changes to the chassis and suspension, uniquely calibrating the Terrain Management System for added power, we’re delivering an SUV that delivers great dynamics and performance – while towing up to 5,000 pounds.”

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