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Ranked Third Best 3-Row Midsize SUV: 2013 Ford Explorer

September 12th, 2013

buying a carIf you’ve been thinking about buying a car, September just might be the time to start your search! As new 2014 models are introduced in the dealerships, deals offered on the 2013 vehicle options are plentiful. In fact, the end of the summer is marked as one of the best times of the year to purchase a new automobile, according to J.D Power. For car buyers looking for a larger vehicle option – check out the 2013 Ford Explorer, which has been ranked third best 3-row midsize SUV by our consumer car reviews. As owners of a 3-row midsize SUV, these drivers have a good sense of what this particular type of consumer is looking for when buying a car.

Rated 3.6 out of 5, the 2013 Ford Explorer ranked just below the 2013 GMC Acadia (rated 3.8) and 2013 Buick Enclave (rated 3.7) for best 3-row midsize SUV. This midsize SUV was priced starting at $29,100, but plenty of promotional offerings have popped up as the 2014 models have become available. Those buying a new car and looking for a great deal should check into Ford’s current offering of $2,000 cash back on all 2013 Ford Explorer models.

The 2013 Ford Explorer is available in four model types including: Base, XLT, Limited and Sport. This was the first year the Explorer Sport became available, being introduced with a 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6.

Our consumer car reviews reported three aspects of the 2013 Ford Explorer to be Best in Segment including: exterior appearance, second-row seat environment and front seat storage.

A few highlights from these three aspects of the 2013 Ford Explorer:

  • Great attention to detail on the frontend.
  • The frontend displays an aggressive, well-liked design.
  • The location of the cup holder as well as their diameter and depth are appealing to drivers.
  • The second-row seating is comfortable and has great support.
  • The roof location of the climate vents were pleasing to our consumer car reviewers.

buying a carThese sentiments have also been echoed by car publications, such as Motor Trend who said: “Elegant headlights and graceful fender flares highlight the front-end design, and the grilled varies between trim levels.”

In addition to these three Best in Segment categories, three other areas were ranked Above Average by our consumer car reviews including: value for the money, front seat comfort and third-row seat environment. Comments on the 2013 Ford Explorer by our consumer car reviewers were overwhelmingly positive. In fact, none of the graded categories were rated less than Average. However, a few downfalls of the 2013 Ford Explorer were noted in our consumer car review tests.

A couple negatives mentioned about the 2013 Ford Explorer that you should be aware of:

  • The thick rear pillars and rear head rests impaired rear visibility for drivers.
  • With the third-row seats folded, this midsize SUV’s cargo space was reported to being narrower than that of its competitors.
  • Some reviewers reported to getting confused when utilizing the digital gauge display options.

Have you started the process of buying a car and are looking for something to fit the whole family? As the third top ranked 3-row midsize SUV, the 2013 Ford Explorer might be just what you’re looking for. Check out our comparison tool to take a closer look at alternative 3-row midsize SUV options and find which has the features your lifestyle requires.