2013 Ford Explorer Sport Obtains its Official Ratings from EPA


The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has recently revealed the official fuel economy ratings of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport. EPA’s announcement came a few weeks before the latest version of the Ford Explorer hits the company’s dealerships in the US this September.

Based on the series of tests con ducted by EPA, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport has obtained the official fuel economy ratings of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Such figures were actually similar to the estimated ratings that Ford Motor Company has released previously.

Given these ratings, it is quite obvious that the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is more fuel-efficient compared to some of its rivals in its class particularly the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee which is presently viewed as the most powerful jeep that was ever produced has obtained the ratings of 13 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway.

Although the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport beat the latest version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in terms of fuel efficiency, the latter’s larger 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine generates a more power compared to the former. The Hemi V-8 used in the Grand Cherokee is capable of producing a maximum power output of up to 470 horsepower while the Ford Explorer Sport’s smaller 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine only generates up to 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

As of the present, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is considered as the most expensive version which is included in the model’s lineup for this year. The vehicle will be sold at a starting price of $41,545 including the destination charge of 825 dollars.

Given its current starting price, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is about $11,850 more expensive compared to the lineup’s base model which is the 2013 Ford Explorer. The price of the latter starts at $29,695 including the $825 destination charge.

But despite of the price difference between the two models in the lineup, a lot of  car buyers particularly those who are in need of a more powerful vehicle would still go for the Explorer Sport since the base version is propelled by a 3.5-liter V- engine this is only capable of generating up to 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. or torque.

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