2013 Ford Explorer

MSRP $31,100 - $40,780

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2013 Ford Explorer Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Usually regarded as the crossover that kickstarted the revolution in America, the Ford Explorer still manages to hold the crown, several decades after its introduction. The 2013 Ford Explorer manages to offer a lot for the money, including excellent dynamics, an array of capable powertrains, and a feature-laden cabin. The appeal is even stronger now after Ford gave the Explorer a major update two years ago with revised styling, new engine options, and a new unibody platform. 

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Pros

Rugged and attractive design both inside and out

Plenty of engine options 

Tops the safety charts

Great handling dynamics without compromising ride quality

Cons

Limited third row and cargo space

Slow and unintuitive infotainment system

Ecoboost V6 is limited to the Sport trim

Can get expensive with some options

What's New?

New Sport model with the new EcoBoost V6 

Updated MyFord Touch infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40780

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

365 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

350 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.6 in.

length

197.1 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

71 in.

curb weight

4697 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

151.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

80.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/22 mpg

highway range

409.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$31,100 onwards

  • 17-inch steel Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • 50-50 split-bench Third row seats
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM/Satellite-Prep
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning with controls
  • Remote keyless entry

XLT$32,680 onwards

  • 18-inch painted aluminum Wheels
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front passenger Lumbar support
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking assist
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

Limited$38,100 onwards

  • 20-inch painted aluminum Wheels
  • 3 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Sport$40,780 onwards

  • 20-inch machined aluminum Wheels

Colors and Styles

2013 Ford Explorer in Cinnamon Glaze Metallic color
Cinnamon Glaze Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.6

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.1

Competition

6.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Ford keeps showering the Explorer with updates, and for 2013, the Explorer finally gets the capable Ecoboost V6 engine under the hood, although it’s limited to the range-topping Sport model. The rest of the lineup also gets the latest version of Ford’s SYNC infotainment system. The Ford Explorer continues to go toe-to-toe with crossovers like the Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. Perfectly bridging the gap between smaller crossovers like the Escape and the bigger Expedition, the Explorer hits the sweet spot, offering the perfect mix of size and practicality.


7.5/10
Features

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.6/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.1/10
Safety


2013 Ford Explorer Features

7.5/10

The 2013 Ford Explorer is available in four trim levels, including the new Sport trim. Right from the base model, the Explorer is well equipped with features like a power-adjustable driver’s seat, projector headlights, air conditioning with rear controls, and a capable audio system with 6 speakers and a CD player. The new range-topping Sport model misses out on some luxuries like leather upholstery, keyless entry, and power-adjustable pedals compared to the Limited model. However, it does get the new Ecoboost engine as standard along with a four-wheel drive and a lot of performance upgrades.

Trim

Base

XLT

Limited

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$29,100

$32,680

$38,100

-

MSRP (4WD)

$31,100

$34,680

$40,100

$40,780

Key Features

17-inch steel wheels with covers

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces XLT trim features with:

Replaces Limited trim features with:

 

6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

6-way power-adjustable front seats

20-inch painted aluminum wheels

20-inch aluminum wheels

 

CD player with a 6-speaker audio system

Premium cloth upholstery

Leather upholstery

Sport front seats

 

MyFord 4.2-inch information display

Ford SYNC voice control

Heated front seats with lumbar adjustment

Unique interior and exterior trim

 

Bi-functional projector headlamps

SiriusXM satellite radio

Push-button and remote start system

Unique suspension tuning

 

LED taillamps

Automatic headlamps

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Standard AWD

 

Air conditioning with rear controls

18-inch painted aluminum wheels

Premium 12-speaker audio system from Sony

 

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Looking from a value standpoint, the mid-level XLT trim is the pick of the lot with plenty of standard features like 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, an upgraded infotainment system with satellite radio, power-adjustable front seats, voice control, and a lot more. The XLT model can also be equipped with a dual-pane sunroof, second-row captain seats, and plenty of other options, making it the pick of the lot.

2013 Ford Explorer Engine and Performance

7.3/10

Although it's limited to the new range-topping Sport model, the 2013 Ford Explorer finally gets the 3.5L Ecoboost under its hood, producing an impressive 365 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. The rest of the lineup continues to get the 3.5L V6 engine as standard that produces 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The regular models are front-wheel-drive with four-wheel-drive available as an option. Ford has included their terrain management system with four-mode traction control, hill descent control, and hill start assist.

Customers looking for better efficiency can opt for the 2.0L Ecoboost engine producing 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque with the front-wheel-drive models. With some options, the V6 engine-equipped models can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The base 3.5L V6 sprints to 60 MPH in just 8 seconds and takes 16 seconds to cross the quarter-mile, while the new EcoBoost engine cuts the times down to 5.9 and 14.5 seconds.

Models

2013 Ford Explorer 

2013 Dodge Durango 

2013 Honda Pilot 

2013 Toyota Highlander 

MSRP

$29,100

$29,795

$29,520

$29,020

Engine

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

2.7-liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

290 hp

290 hp

250 hp

187 hp

Torque

255 lb-ft

260 lb-ft

253 lb-ft

186 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.0

9.0

8.1

9.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.1

16.7

16.3

17

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

130

130

130

In terms of performance, the Ford Explorer can match the Honda Pilot. The Dodge Durango takes the third spot, while the Toyota Highlander with its small inline-4 engine comes in dead last. However, when you consider real-world performance tests like acceleration runs, one gets to see that the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot are the most competitive.

2013 Ford Explorer Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The base V6 engine returns average figures of 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, which is cut down by 1 MPG when equipped with the four-wheel-drive system. Opting for the smaller 2.0L Ecoboost will return the best-in-class ratings of 20 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. Unfortunately, tank capacity is below average at just 18.6 gallons, limiting the highway range to 446 miles.

Models

2013 Ford Explorer 

2013 Dodge Durango 

2013 Honda Pilot 

2013 Toyota Highlander 

MPG (City)

17

16

18

20

MPG (Highway)

24

23

25

25

MPG (Combined)

20

19

21

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.6

24.6

21

19.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

316/446/372

393/566/467

378/525/441

384/480/422

The Toyota Highlander is the most efficient crossover in this comparison thanks to its efficient inline-4 engine, while the Honda Pilot takes the second spot. Both the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango get more powerful V6 engines, which limits their efficiency. However, since the Highlander is a very slow car, these figures do not really impress us.

2013 Ford Explorer Interior

6.6/10

The interior of the 2013 Ford Explorer is on par with its competition due to plenty of space and three-row seating. Build quality is excellent, and the overall design looks modern and upscale with some rugged design elements thrown in. The center fascia inside is dominated by the MyFord touchscreen infotainment system placed above the climate controls, flanked by silver accents similar to the dashboard.

Higher variants get plenty of luxuries like heated front seats with power adjustment, leather upholstery, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and a lot more. The ergonomics are well sorted, although the touch-sensitive buttons have a learning curve. Like most crossovers in this segment, the seating capacity is limited to 7 passengers with plenty of headroom in all three rows. Both the second and third rows can be folded flat to increase cargo capacity from 21 to 81 cubic feet.

Models

2013 Ford Explorer 

2013 Dodge Durango 

2013 Honda Pilot 

2013 Toyota Highlander 

Seating Capacity

7

7

8

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.4/61.3/40.6

39.9/58.5/40.3

40/61.5/41.4

40.6/59.7/43.2

Middle Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.5/61/39.8

39.8/50.4/38.6

39.8/62.2/38.5

40.1/59.5/38.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/50.8/33.2

37.8/50.4/31.5

38.2/58.9/32.1

36.3/55/29.9

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

21

17.2

18

10.3

Thanks to Honda’s clever engineering, the Honda Pilot can squeeze another passenger in the third row and offers similar space as the Ford Explorer in the first two rows. The Dodge Durango takes the third spot, followed by the Toyota Highlander. However, when it comes to real-world use, the Explorer is the most spacious. Some standout interior features include:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Configurable ambient lighting
  • Keyless entry with remote start
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Power adjustable front bucket seats with leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2013 Ford Explorer’s infotainment unit?

For 2013, the Explorer gets the latest version of the MyFord Touch infotainment system which gets all the latest features like SiriusXM satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth, an SD card reader, and audio/video input jacks on all trims. The Limited and Sport models also get dual 4.2-inch configurable displays on the instrument cluster along with the central 8-inch display and a premium 12-speaker audio system from Sony. The base and XLT trim levels get a more rudimentary setup with 6-speakers and a CD player. Ford also offers a rear-seat entertainment system with dual headrest displays and a DVD player as an option. Some standout features include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • 12-speaker audio system from Sony
  • Dual USB ports and SD card connectivity
  • SYNC voice control
  • Dual 4.2-inch configurable displays in the instrument cluster

2013 Ford Explorer Exterior

7.0/10

Like the interiors, Ford has managed to bring the iconic Explorer design to the modern age with an edgy and elegant design that stands out from the crowd. The unique three-bat grille is carried over from the Taurus SHO sedan along with other elements like the winged tail lights. Additions like black cladding and silver roof rails give the Explorer a rugged design. Ford has also put a lot of thought into the glass design, and the rear windows merge to give a seamless look. But, unfortunately, the thick C pillars hinder visibility. 

Models

2013 Ford Explorer 

2013 Dodge Durango 

2013 Honda Pilot 

2013 Toyota Highlander 

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4534

4756

4299

3946

Length (inches)

197.1

199.8

191.4

188.4

Width (inches)

78.9

75.8

78.5

75.2

Height (inches)

70.4

71.6

71

68.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

8.1

8

7.8

Wheelbase (inches)

112.6

119.8

109.2

109.8

Thanks to the new unibody platform, the Explorer is a lot lighter than before. But it is in no way similar to the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander in terms of heft and weight. As expected, the Dodge Durango is the heaviest and largest of the group with the longest wheelbase. All cars in the segment offer decent ground clearance and hence remain easy to use off the road as well. Some notable exterior features include:

  • 20-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Silver roof-rack side rails
  • Dual-pane moonroof
  • Dual outlet exhausts

2013 Ford Explorer Safety

9.1/10

From the safety standpoint, the 2013 Ford Explorer continues to achieve top marks with a full 5-star overall rating in the NHTSA tests and a "Good" rating in most of the IIHS tests. The standard safety feature list includes traction and stability control, trailer sway control, and more. Higher trims also get blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, collision warning, brake support, and lane departure warning. Also included as standard is Ford's MyKey system which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume and Ford's curve control which monitors speed on a corner and decelerate if necessary. Some standard safety features include:

  • Roll stability control
  • Ford’s curve control
  • SOS post-crash alert system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Ford MyKey system

2013 Ford Explorer Final Verdict

The 2013 Ford Explorer continues to top the charts with its impressive performance and practical cabin. Other than the excellent dynamics, the feature list is also expansive with unique additions like voice control and a capable infotainment system with all the modern features. However, the interface is still slower than its competitors. The interior space is also average, especially in the third row. Overall, if you're in the market for a three-row crossover that is fun-to-drive and practical, the Explorer remains one of the best options, especially when equipped with the modern Ecoboost V6 engine.

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