Ford is confident customers will pay for improved fuel economy, announcing the new EcoBoost-equipped Explorer model will cost $995 above the 3.5-liter V6. Models will start at $19,990 and jump to $39,560 for a full-zoot Limited model.
Powering the EcoBoost model will be a turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes a total of 240-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque; that’s down 50-hp from the V6 model, but up 15 lb-ft.
Fuel economy is the real factor here, however, with the EcoBoost model rated at 20-mpg city and 28-mpg highway, compares to 17/25-mpg for the V6 in front-drive trim. EcoBoost models will not be available in AWD.