2011 Ford Explorer V6 officially rated at 17/25 mpg by EPA

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The official U.S. EPA fuel rating numbers are out for the 2011 Ford Explorer with the 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine. The new engine produces about 292 horsepower to replace out the gas guzzling 212-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine. Ford claims that the its new 3.5-liter V6 is about 25 percent more efficient than the previous 4.0-liter V6, and it has the U.S. EPA official fuel rating numbers to back it up.

The U.S. EPA had certified the new 2011 Ford Explorer SUV with a fuel economy rating of 17 miles per gallon city and 25 miles per gallon highway.

“The new Explorer V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) delivers a keen balance between power and fuel economy,” said Jim Holland, chief engineer. “An efficient six-speed transmission mated to this efficient V6 helps Explorer deliver 25 percent better fuel efficiency. This raises the bar for full-size SUVs, and will change buyer expectations for the entire segment.”

To enhance efficiency and fuel economy, the Ford Explorer is more aerodynamic designed along with a unibody structure to shave off about 100 lb. Other efficient features such as the used electric power steering to reduce parasitic engine drag, minimize internal friction components and a fuel cut-off system are all added to the efficiency equation of the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV.

Ford also announced that a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will follow after the release of the 2011 Ford Explorer. Ford claims that the 2.0-liter turcharged engine will provide a 30 percent increase in fuel economy.

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    Ford makes its impression in the
    class of large crossover SUVs with the new 2012 Ford Explorer.  With excellent fuel efficiency and good
    exterior dynamics, Explorer had stolen the eyes of most SUV fans.  2012 Explorer is all set to be one of the
    most noticeable Ford models of the year, with finest engine, comparatively
    better fuel efficiency and perfect ride and handling balance.