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2011 Ford Explor Will Cost $28,190

2011 Ford Explorer The Ford Explorer has always been a big seller. And with a base price of $28,190, this year's redesigned and re-engineered model will be no exception.

The Explorer comes in three trims (base, XLT and Limited), each with an impressive list of standard features: power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, spotter mirrors, AC, LED tail lamps;, steering wheel-mounted controls, plus new safety features such as trailer-sway control, hill start assist and "Curve Control" (a stability control feature).

Also standard on all models is a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed auto transmission, with front-wheel drive.

The 2011 Explorer competes against Chevy Traverse ($29,224), Honda Pilot ($28,045) and Mazda CX-9 ($28,805).

Below, the standard features and options for each model:

Base: $28,190


XLT: $31,190

Options Package 1: $1,750

Limited: $37,190

Options Package 1: $2,000

Package 2: $2,000 (needs Package 1)

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