As most of you would already know, the Explorer has been reinvented for 2011, ditching the truck-like designs of its forebears in favor of a new car-based platform, a lighter and more streamlined body, fuel efficient downsized engines and several world-firsts in safety technology.
The end result is a fully capable off-roader--there’s still a generous 7.9 inches of ground clearance as well as the advanced Terrain Management System in place--but with 25 percent better fuel economy than the previous model. The V-6 powered 2011 Ford Explorer is EPA rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, and soon there will be an even more fuel efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost model available as well.
So how does the Explorer ride on its new car-based platform? Follow the jump below to find out.