2016 Ford Explorer Pricing Revealed in Build-Your-Own
Updated SUV Holds Line on Base Price
Pricing for the recently revealed 2016 Ford Explorer hit the Internet via Ford’s Build and Price tool today, and there’s some good news: The updated SUV will maintain its $30,700 base price (not including the unchanged $895 destination charge). The new, more powerful 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 even costs the same as the 2015 2.0L EcoBoost, at least in base form.
Pricing structure alters somewhat stepping into the Explorer XLT, Limited, and Sport trim levels, all of which feature extra standard equipment compared to their 2015 counterparts. Those models are somewhat more expensive than the vehicles they replace, with the biggest MSRP jump going to the Limited, which starts at $3,100 more than the 2015 Explorer Limited.
Base, XLT, and Limited models can be optioned with all-wheel drive for $1,000, including the EcoBoost, which was a front-drive-only affair until now. As before, the Sport comes standard with a 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and all-wheel drive, starting at $44,195, up $200 from the current SUV.
New for 2016 is a top-line Platinum trim that gets satin chrome accents, a unique grille, and special interior trimmings—and the Platinum comes nearly fully loaded from the get-go. That vehicle starts at an eye-watering $53,495 with destination, but the only notable options are a DVD entertainment system and second-row bucket seats. All-wheel drive and the 3.5L EcoBoost come standard. With literally every option box checked (including $395 for special paint), the Platinum will occupy your credit to the tune of $57,225. Remember when that kind of money could get you into a loaded Navigator or Yukon Denali?
All 2016 Explorers benefit from new aerodynamic tweaks that Ford says will help with fuel economy, and new electronic goodies will appeal to lots of buyers as well.
Our opinions of the new Explorer are split, with some of us thinking it looks too much like a Land Rover and some of us welcoming its less crossover-y styling. But one thing is almost certain: The new crossover’s aggressive pricing and improved powertrain, features, and aerodynamics will keep the Explorer near the top of the sales charts.