2016 Ford Explorer 

Looking for a capable and luxurious SUV? You'll find that the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Ford Expedition are quite evenly matched, with all the great quality that Ford can bring to a car and finely tuned performances. But which one is right for you? Arlington Heights Ford is proud to provide this comparison chart to both vehicles.


The 2016 Ford Explorer features a brand-new exterior with a sophisticated new look. You'll get a brand-new liftgate back with a wider rear window, as well as newly designed taillamps for a dynamic look, new exhaust tips, and a new front fascia for a brand-new take on the world. The hood has been redesigned for better aerodynamics, while the new grille and fender provide a confident look straight ahead. The headlamps and fog lamps have also been tweaked to fit in with the new taillamps. You'll get to choose from five brand-new and unique designs for the wheel, as well as three brand-new additional paint colors created just for the Explorer. The Platinum model gets the most premium look, with a unique interior and exterior designed to work in harmony to create a sense of luxury and distinction that's special to the Explorer, with materials such as fine Nirvana leather with perforated and quilted seats.

The 2016 Ford Expedition features a combination of luxury and rugged performance. You'll get 20-inch polished aluminum wheels to carry you around, plus polished stainless-steel running boards to step up on which are power-deployable and fold back into the vehicle for a more aerodynamic shape when you're done with them. The exterior features power-adjustable, chrome-finish folding mirrors with position memory, heated reflective surfaces so that dew and frost won't collect on them as you drive, and integrated turn signals plus a driver's side auto-dimming feature. You'll also get a power moonroof to let in the bright natural light and fresh air. Inside, you'll get unique satin aluminum trim and woodgrain accents for a sophisticated look, as well as luxury leather-trimmed seats for your comfort. Finally, the third-row seat features a one-touch-up and one-touch-down function for your convenience when arranging passengers or storing cargo.


The 2016 Ford Explorer has a choice of three engines. The base 3.5L V6 engine uses twin independent variable camshaft timing to get 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, with a sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection system. The 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is a turbocharged machine with direct fuel injection, getting 280 hp and 310 lbft of torque with 28 mpg highway. Finally, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine comes with intelligent four-wheel drive and direct injection to get an amazing 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It's twin-turbocharged with large twin-scroll low inertia turbochargers, which separate the exhaust pulses from pairs of cylinders. This lets it have much quicker turbine spin-up, which leads to more responsive acceleration and better efficiency. You can also get a Class II trailer tow package for up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, as well as a Terrain Management System that lets you choose the right mode for your driving conditions.

The 2016 Ford Expedition has one choice for an engine, but it's a doozy. You'll get a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with twin independent variable cam timing, which comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift functionality. This engine produces 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, which is the best measurement in the class for engine torque. The advanced direct injection system allows the engine to get the maximum amount of power from every single drop of fuel, controlling ignition and flow time for perfect efficiency. The air-to-air intercooled turbochargers work seamlessly to provide instantaneous power on demand whenever you need that extra surge for highway maneuvering.


The 2016 Ford Explorer has great features like hands-free parking. The vehicle uses 12 ultrasonic sensors to scan for parking spaces that are large enough for your car, and then helps with backing itself into the parking spot. The active park assist function takes care of the steering, so all you need to do is shift, brake, and accelerate.

The 2016 Ford Expedition's hot new features like available continuously controlled damping. You can choose from a comfort setting, normal setting, or sport setting in order to let the electronic sensors monitor your suspension, steering, and body motions to make sure that it provides you with the performance you need from a number of different driver-activated modes. This smart suspension damping gives you a perfect ride every time because it reads what's going on with your car!

Which One is Right For You?

The 2016 Ford Explorer is a great SUV that's designed for luxury, choice, and convenience--its inner and outer design is made for comfort and prestige, while its best features are made to fit all that room and power into small city spaces. The 2016 Ford Expedition has more focus on function like the fold-in running boards, plus the hot new features are made to help you on an off-road situation rather than driving around city streets. In the end, it's up to your needs--do you need a great SUV that will make it easier to run errands and go on vacation, or do you need a serious off-roader? No matter which car you choose, it's great to know that Ford can provide both!

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Ready to compare the Expedition and Explorer for yourself? Contact Arlington Heights Ford today! Call us at (888)781-4258 or drop by at 801 W. Dundee Rd. in Arlington Heights.


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