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Introducing the 2020 Ford Explorer

2019 & 2020 Ford Explorer(Pictured: 2019 Ford Explorer)

The Ford Explorer has long maintained a spot in the hearts and minds of American SUV shoppers, and that spot is getting bigger. The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer has been revealed, and it isn’t just the most stylish Explorer made to date, but with a lineup that now consists of the Explorer Limited Hybrid and ST performance variant, it’s the most versatile.


Nearly everything about the 2020 Ford Explorer has been updated, improved, or enhanced, starting with the performance. A new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost® V6 makes the new Explorer the most powerful yet, delivering up to 5,600 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped. With the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost®, you get 300 horsepower right out of the box and up to 5,300 pounds of max towing capacity when equipped with the available Class IIII Trailer Tow Package.


The 2020 Ford Explorer is also equipped with more standard features than ever. Each model now comes with a convenient power liftgate, an intuitive, 8-inch touch screen with SYNC® 3, and FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi that can connect up to 10 devices to high-speed internet.


Safety is also standard in the new 2020 Ford Explorer, which is equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of driver-assist features. This standard package includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, and a Lane-Keeping System.


The 2020 Ford Explorer will be available at Sanderson Ford beginning this summer. Stay tuned for more information closer to launch.

Why You Should Buy a 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer

If you are on the lookout for a new SUV for your family, one of the most popular choices has long been the Ford Explorer. Below, you’ll find five reasons why you should buy a 2017 Ford Explorer.


  1. Wide range of trim levels. Whether you are aiming for a basic model, something sportier, or even something more luxurious, the Explorer has what you want. There are five different trim levels: Base, SLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum.
  2. Three rows of seats. Depending on the model you choose, the Explorer will be able to seat six or seven passengers in three comfortable rows. With the available sliding second-row seat, you can maximize leg room where you need it most.
  3. Excellent engines. Buyers have three engine options to choose from, making it easy to find the right combination of power and efficiency.
  4. Adventure capable. With the available all-wheel drive package, you will be able to head off-road. Its 7.8 inches of ground clearance will allow you to drive over obstacles that would leave other vehicles behind.
  5. Good safety record. The Explorer gets good results in many crash tests and has some available advanced safety technology too.


See what else the 2017 Explorer can do for you at Sanderson Ford today.

Ford Celebrates 25 Years of the Explorer with 2016 Model

The world of 1990 was truly a different place from where we are today. Then, the Internet was just a baby and not many people were using it. It was also the heyday of the minivan—something that was about to change.

Introduced as a 1991 model, the Ford Explorer filled a space in the automotive market that many Americans were searching for. It offered enough interior space to haul large families, just like a minivan, but had a dynamic design and had the capabilities to head out on adventures. Now, 25 years later, the Ford Explorer is still America’s best-selling SUV.

Ford celebrated 25 years of the Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show by showing off the 2016 model, which features more technology, such as front and rear cameras with washers to give you a clear view, enhanced active park assist, smart-charging USB ports, a hands-free liftgate, and Active Grille Shutters.

The new Explorer also comes with an all-new EcoBoost engine—a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that delivers at least 270 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be available on the base, XLT, and Limited models. This engine is expected to maintain the Explorer’s position as a gas mileage leader.

Another addition to the Explorer lineup is a new Platinum series that adds the premium amenities customers are looking for – from multi-contour front seats with Nirvana leather to brushed aluminum finishes.

We’re expecting the 2016 Ford Explorer to arrive at Sanderson Ford sometime next summer.

25 Years of the Explorer

2012 Explorer EcoBoost Receives 28 MPG

Last week, we told you all about the 2012 Ford Edge with EcoBoost receiving 30 MPG.  Now, we bring you more good news!  The 2012 Explorer SUV, last year’s North American Truck of the Year, will also be available with the EcoBoost engine and is expected to achieve 28 MPG.

With the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the Explorer has received an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 20 city/28 hwy MPG.  The real benefit of the EcoBoost engine is that consumers do not have to sacrifice power to achieve great fuel economy.  A gasoline injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing, and a unique 6F35 6-speed automatic transmission allow the Explorer to output 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while still receiving class-leading fuel efficiency.

Sport Utility Vehicle used to be synonymous with gas guzzler, but not anymore.  Ford, along with the EcoBoost engine, is changing the way we think of SUV fuel economy.

Ford Reveals Buyer’s Tastes

Ford data reveals   about buyers around the US.  Who would think, looking around, that white was NOT the favorite Ford color in Arizona.  Would you guess Molten Orange?  Gold, silver, and finally, white round out the top colors. 

Seattle and San Francisco must have problems getting lost and parking their cars because they are tops in; BLIS, rear view cameras, active park assist, and navigation. 

You would think us Arizonans would own the air conditioned seat category, but we didn’t even rank in the top 5.  Would you have guessed Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco.  How about heated seats?  Can you believe Atlanta and Charlotte are in the top 5. 

Rainy and cold Seattle is also tops in moon roofs.  I guess better for watching the storm clouds!

Hybrid vehicles are #1 and #2 in Seattle and San Francisco, but Phoenix is #5 on this list.  Thanks 43 mpg with AC Fusion Hybrid.

In Arizona, we prefer diesels, hybrids,and  manual transmissions, but have no preference on gas engine size.

Those areas of the country looking for V-8 power include; Orlando, Memphis, Charlotte, Houston, and Seattle.  The economically minded (4 cylinder) people live in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, and Denver. 

Coastal cities like muted colors while the Midwest has an affinity for red.  The east coast is definately green. 

New Yorkers consume the most vehicles with rear seat DVD systems.  Turns out Sponge pants Bob really is an effective babysitter.

The national pick-up truck capital is still shared by Dallas and Houston.  This is also the area with the highest demand for tow packages.  95% of Super Duty customers tow with their trucks. 

Using the data Ford collects allows it to maximize the model mix and deliver vehicles that actually meet customers need regionally.  The imports should try to figure this out.

Of course, if you want an east coast color, with Seattle options, Denver seats, and Texas towing capability, all you need to do is drop by Sanderson Ford.  If we don’t have it, we’ll be happy to order it for you!

Ford SYNC Adds Live Operators

  • Ford is beta testing an Operator Assist feature for the cloud-based network of SYNC Services, giving all registered Services users complimentary access to a live operator for help with business searches and address entry for turn-by-turn directions.  About 70 percent of calls to SYNC Services are for business searches and/or directions
  • SYNC Services provides access to more than 14 million business listings.  
  • Getting directions or finding a business using SYNC Services has become even easier thanks to a new feature called Operator Assist that allows users to instantly connect with a live person. 
  • Operator Assist is only a voice command away, making it part of the growing list of cloud-based driver aids offered by Ford Motor Company. The new feature provides customers with the ability to safely connect with a live person who can quickly access information databases to help drivers get where they’re going.  

Operator Assist is currently in a beta test trial phase and being offered as a complimentary feature for registered users of SYNC Services. No additional software or hardware is needed.   

“Ford is committed to continuously improving the ownership experience and delivering the level of connectivity that customers want,” said Doug VanDagens, director, Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization. “By leveraging what’s available in the cloud, we continue to innovate and improve our customers’ experience without having to touch the vehicle or inconvenience the owner.”
How it works
Cloud-based, on-demand, voice-activated SYNC Services provides access to information about traffic, news, sports, weather, horoscopes, stock quotes, and movie listings along with business searches and turn-by-turn directions.
Operator Assist is available for the directions and business search functions of SYNC Services. Seventy percent of all SYNC Services calls are for business search and directions, said David Gersabeck, product manager, SYNC Services.
Using advanced vehicle sensors, integrated GPS technology and comprehensive map and traffic data, the SYNC Services automated system delivers turn-by-turn directions to the user. Further, with access to more than 14 million business listings, SYNC Services’ automated system directs users to the businesses they seek.
Now, with Operator Assist, at any time during a business search or directions interaction between the user and the SYNC Services automated system, the user can say, “Operator,” confirm his or her request to speak with an operator, and connect to a live operator. This system gives Ford customers the choice of interfacing with a live operator or utilizing the interactive voice recognition system.
“Our customers asked for additional assistance in situations where their voice request was not understood,” said Gersabeck. “If you want the most reliable user experience, enabling alternative methods for customers to access information will increase success, which is where Operator Assist factors into the equation.”
In the event a user says an address or business that the automated system can’t identify, the user will be prompted with the option to connect to a live operator. If the user confirms he or she would like to speak with an operator for further assistance, the system automatically connects the user to the live operator.
When a live operator assists with a business search, the user can choose to receive turn-by-turn directions to the business, receive a text message with name, address and phone number information about the business (applies to certain phone carrier networks), or be directly connected to the phone number of the business.
When a live operator assists with address entry, the user can have the directions sent directly to the vehicle.
“We want Ford SYNC Services customers to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can get where they’re going or want to go,” said Gersabeck. “Being able to connect with a live person at any time contributes to that peace of mind.”
The live operator services are provided by MyAssist, a leading live assistance and telematics service company for individuals and businesses based in Stevens Point, Wis.
Provided by Ford Media

Ford Explorer Awarded Major Safety Achievement

The 2011 Ford Explorer was chosen as the 2011 Traffic Safety Achievement Award winner from the New York International Auto Show’s World Traffic Safety Symposium.  Ford received the honor due to the new rear inflatable seat belt system used on the 2011 Ford Explorer.

The technology is a major industry first and breakthrough in safety.  The new rear seat belt operates normally in everyday use.  In the event of a crash however, a bag inside of the belt will fill with cold-compressed gas and provide inflation across the passenger from the shoulder to the torso.

The inflation creates a bigger diameter for the belt which helps to redistribute the force of the crash across a wider area on the passenger’s body.  The spread of impact energy keeps passengers more in the seated position during the crash and allowed for more support to the head and neck to reduce injury.

The new seat belts will improve the concern for rear passenger safety which typically are children and elderly passengers who are more susceptible to injury in a crash. Ford made the system compatible with infant and child safety and booster seats.

In addition to the safety award, the 2011 Ford Explorer was named the 2011 Truck of the Year in January and more recently was the 2011 Edison Best New Product gold medal in applied technology.  The ground-breaking safety system and awards pushed the Ford Explorer to nearly triple its March sales.

Ford has always been on the cutting edge of safety technology, especially with seat belts.  Ford was the first to put seat belts in all seating positions in 1955 and a leader in making driver and front passenger airbags standard in most vehicles by 1993.  The new rear seat belt system adds another dimension to Ford’s impressive safety technology and a huge selling point to customers.  Ford plans to add the new rear seat belts to other nameplates gradually over time.

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