2016 Ford Explorer: Base Model Price Unchanged, New Platinum Trim is $53,495

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The refreshed Ford Explorer may have a new face, but it doesn't have a new base price: The 2016 Explorer starts at $31,595, according to Ford's consumer site, the same as the outgoing 2015 version; all prices include a destination charge. Ford plastered a bolder face on the 2016 SUV and added new features, a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and addressed tech complaints on the inside by replacing touch-sensitive controls with tactile buttons.

Related: 2016 Ford Explorer: First Look

Other trim levels see an increase in pricing this year given the new content like a hands-free power liftgate, heated steering wheel and dual cameras included on the Limited model. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the pricing of the new luxury-oriented Platinum trim level.

By Joe Bruzek | November 25, 2014 | Comments (8)

2016 Ford Explorer Video

Ford wowed the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show crowd with the new Shelby GT350 Mustang, but it also provided some meat and potatoes in the form of the refreshed Explorer SUV. In this video, Kelsey Mays explains the changes to this popular family mover and if you should check it out under the auto-show lights.

By David Thomas | November 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Ford Explorer Photo Gallery (51 Photos)

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Ford made over its three-row SUV for 2016 with blockier styling in-line with its new F-150 pickup truck. A more squared-off grille up front is complimented by new LED headlights and fog lights.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Inside, buttons make their triumphant return to the Explorer's control panel, and the new top Platinum trim (pictured) gets classed-up materials like real ash wood and aluminum along with Nirvana leather.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Ford Explorer: First Look

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Competes with: Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Highlander, Dodge Durango

Looks like: An Explorer with Kia Sorento grille

Drivetrain: 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; 270-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder; 365-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 (all hp numbers estimated); six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2015

Three-row SUVs are a hot-ticket item and just about every automaker has an entry in the field. Ford's seven-passenger Explorer is one of the continual best-sellers and has been overdue for a redesign. While not as thorough of a retooling as when the Explorer switched platforms to a car- based chassis in 2011, the 2016 model receives more than a face-lift with numerous areas massaged, inside, outside and under the hood.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show News

Possibly one of the user-friendliest changes is the addition of real buttons to the multimedia system; they replace touch-sensitive ones within the screen, a techy trend Ford is quickly reeling back in favor of tactile controls. A new Platinum trim level hopes to inject more luxury in the popular SUV to compete with luxury trims like the Jeep Cherokee Summit and GMC Acadia Denali.

By Joe Bruzek | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Ford Explorer: Up Close

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Ford redesigned the Explorer for the 2011 model year, so a 2016 refresh is actually somewhat overdue. The latest model has been unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now includes a new range-topping Platinum model. The most obvious change is to the front and rear styling, but it's not so great a change that the Explorer becomes unrecognizable.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage

The same overall silhouette remains, and the doors, roof and windows all carry over unchanged. But the nose and fenders are new, bringing the new Explorer's style more in line with the boxier, more angular look of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The LED headlights and fog lights up front are bright and distinctive, and the large 20-inch wheels of the new top-trim Platinum looks quite good.

Inside, the new Explorer looks pretty much like the old one, but the devil is in the details.

By Aaron Bragman | November 18, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Ford Explorer to Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Update: 2016 Ford Explorer at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show

Ford announced this week that a redesigned Explorer will bow next month at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in advance of the popular SUV's 25th anniversary. The 2016 version of the SUV will make its debut Nov. 19, during the media-only days of the auto show, which opens to the public Nov. 21-30. Ford said the SUV will arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2015 with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology.

Related: Is This the Next Ford Explorer?

There's no official word yet on the extent of the revisions the Explorer will receive. The last time the SUV had a full redesign was in 2011, when it went from a truck-based platform to a unibody one. For the 2014 model year, it received upgrades to its brakes, additional standard equipment and new available exterior colors.

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2014 | Comments (2)

Ford Escape Again Walks Away With 'Most-Stolen' Title

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As stolen SUVs go, crooks are still most likely to abscond with the Escape. Once again, the Ford Escape topped the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of most-stolen SUVs and crossovers. The Des Plaines, lll.-based nonprofit today released the 2014 SUV hot list, which examines model-year 2011-13 SUV and crossover thefts that occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013.

Ford Escape Tops List of Most-Stolen SUVs

According to the NICB, a total of 21,711 SUVs and crossovers were reported stolen in that time; that's up from just less than 20,000 on the list released in February 2013. The consistently coveted Escape did its share in making up the difference in the increase. At 1,421 thefts, the Escape logged 407 more thefts than reported in the 2013 list, a nearly 29 percent spike. Ford also dominates the balance of the top three, with 1,140 Edge thefts and 958 Explorer thefts.

By Matt Schmitz | June 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Ford Explorer

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Vehicles Affected: About 177,500 model-year 2011-13 Ford Explorer SUVs

The Problem: A potential electrical issue in the steering gear may result in the loss of electric power steering assist while driving. This could cause the steering system to default to manual mode, making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds, and increasing the risk of a crash. According to the Detroit News, Ford said drivers will hear a chime and see a message in the instrument cluster if electric power steering assist is lost.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will either update software for the power steering control module or replace the steering gear for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet issued an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The entire first half of our list of most-read reviews goes unchanged from the previous week, with the 2014 Nissan Rogue once again leading the pack and the other members of the top five holding their same spots. The lone newcomer to this week's roster is the 2014 Ford Explorer, which returns after dropping out of sight since December. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Honda Fit
3. 2015 Audi A3
4. 2014 Honda CR-V
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Buick Regal
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
9. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
10. 2014 Ford Explorer

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | May 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

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