The 2011 Ford Explorer was named March "Car of the Month" by NADAguides, whose website provides vehicle pricing and information.
"The all-new 2011 Ford Explorer is one of few SUVs driven recently that I truly looked forward to driving," said Troy Snyder, director of product development at NADAguides. "It puts a smile on your face. The Ford Explorer left me seriously contemplating trading in my daily driver and getting back into the SUV lifestyle."
The crossover SUV was praised for its impressive interior and exterior redesign, improved fuel efficiency with greater engine power, enhanced safety features and the most advanced technology available in its class.
The 2011 Ford Explorer starts at $28,190 for the base model, and goes up to $39,190 for the 4WD Limited model. It comes standard with a three-year, 36,000 mile basic and five-year, 60,000 mile drive train and roadside assistance warranty.
The 2011 Ford Explorer features a 3.5 liter V6 engine that gets 25 miles per gallon. It features Ford’s Terrain Management System, which offers four settings: normal, mud/ruts, sand and grass/gravel/snow. Options include inflatable rear safety belts, BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert, Collision Warning with Brake Support, Trailer Sway Control, SYNC, MyFord Touch, Active Park Assist, Sony audio system with HD radio, heated and cooled seats and dual headrest DVD players.
In March, the 2011 Ford Explorer can be leased for $359 a month for 24 months with $3,558 due at lease signing. The Explorer can be purchased with 2.9 percent auto loan financing for 36 months, 3.9 percent for 48 months, 4.9 percent for 60 months and 6.9 percent for 72 months. Cash buyers can take advantage of $1,000 in retail bonus cash in March.