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Fordlover wrote:

Tow rating will go from 3,500 on current model to >5,000 so much better in my book.

Still incredibly shy of the 7,000 rating my 2002 Explorer has.
I believe the tow rating for the V-6 365hp is 5600# for the New Explorer .

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dodge guy wrote:

Doesn’t make a difference as long as the seats are more comfortable than the current models. My 13 limited is terrible!


You're not kidding, ours is great for my wife to haul all her donation stuff and her back and forth to work. Long trips, not so much.

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blownstang01 wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

Doesn’t make a difference as long as the seats are more comfortable than the current models. My 13 limited is terrible!


You're not kidding, ours is great for my wife to haul all her donation stuff and her back and forth to work. Long trips, not so much.


I find them very comfortable! But different strokes for different folks. I'm short so maybe that's why?


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I'm not sure I like how big the hood is. Also I really don't like those rotary shifters, have had them in a few rental cars and I just don't like them. And no more Sport model? Boo.

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Drive an 18 daily for work. Seat bottoms seem like they are not long enough, contact is too far up the back of my thigh.


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The seating and the interior appointments in the Explorers is the reason the wife went to the Edge. Used to buy a new Explorer every 3 years, but the last two purchases have been the Edge due to the interior ergonomics in the Explorer. Not sure what we'll do in 2020, now that they no longer offer the 3.5 in the Edge. We sure don't want that 4 cylinder Eco.


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I like it, looks like the previous Explorer and to my eye, that's good. Always thought the Explorer was the nicest looking mid size SUV. I do like the fact that it's going to be rear wheel drive. I prefer RWD to FWD.

But I have one question. As both Ford and GM are going gung ho on replacing their internal combustion engines within the next 10 years..is this the swan song for the IC Explorer ?

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colliehauler wrote:

Fordlover wrote:

Tow rating will go from 3,500 on current model to >5,000 so much better in my book.

Still incredibly shy of the 7,000 rating my 2002 Explorer has.
I believe the tow rating for the V-6 365hp is 5600# for the New Explorer .


My ‘’13 Explorer Limited with the factory tow pkg has a 5k lb tow rating.

And yes they are still shy of the 7500 lb rating my ‘01 V-8 Limited has.


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dodge guy wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

Fordlover wrote:

Tow rating will go from 3,500 on current model to >5,000 so much better in my book.

Still incredibly shy of the 7,000 rating my 2002 Explorer has.
I believe the tow rating for the V-6 365hp is 5600# for the New Explorer .


My ‘’13 Explorer Limited with the factory tow pkg has a 5k lb tow rating.

And yes they are still shy of the 7500 lb rating my ‘01 V-8 Limited has.
Personally I would be uncomfortable towing more then 4k# with old or new style with a short wheelbase. I could see towing a small fishing boat or around a 16' RV under 4k loaded.

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Lessmore wrote:

I like it, looks like the previous Explorer and to my eye, that's good. Always thought the Explorer was the nicest looking mid size SUV. I do like the fact that it's going to be rear wheel drive. I prefer RWD to FWD.

But I have one question. As both Ford and GM are going gung ho on replacing their internal combustion engines within the next 10 years..is this the swan song for the IC Explorer ?


IC engines are going to be around for a long time.


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