2012 Ford Explorer Gets 2.0L EcoBoost Engine With 28 MPG Highway

American manufacturer Ford is on top of its game these days, as it’s reportedly the maker of the most fuel-efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market. We are talking here about the automaker’s Explorer model, which received an all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine delivering an EPA-certified 28 mpg on the highway.

This means the Explorer now beats Honda Pilot and Jeep Grand Cherokee by 5 mpg, Chevrolet Traverse by 4 mpg and Toyota Highlander by 3 mpg.

“Delivering best-in-class fuel efficiency in both V6 and EcoBoost variants, the full-size, three-row Explorer with EcoBoost even delivers better highway fuel efficiency than the compact Subaru Impreza (1 mpg better), while matching the most efficient gas-powered BMW 3-Series,”
Ford further brags.

As for the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, this provides 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm. In fact, this is a comparable power to a standard V6 engine while delivering the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine.

Highlights of the power unit include direct gasoline injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). Efficiency is further enhanced through employment of low-friction 5W-GF5 motor oil, a variable-displacement air conditioning compressor, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and a unique 6F35 six-speed automatic transmission developed to reduce friction and increase efficiency.

“Today’s SUV buyers place a high priority on miles per gallon, so Explorer has expanded its portfolio of fuel-efficient engines with an all-new EcoBoost offering,”
said Amy Marentic, Ford group marketing manager. “SUV buyers deserve economy with their capability, so Explorer now offers best-in-class V6 and four-cylinder fuel efficiency.”
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