Hassett Automotive

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

When is an SUV far more than just an SUV? When it’s a Sport…the new 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, that is.

Boasting a twin-turbocharged, 350-horsepower EcoBoost® V6 engine, it’s the first-ever performance version of the Ford Explorer line. In addition to the highest projected fuel economy in gas-powered, high-performance SUV arena, the 2013 Explorer Sport also features four-wheel drive with a Terrain Management System™ that delivers improved on-and off-road handling, in part due to its reinforced chassis. This innovative new system also has special settings for taking on sandy, snowy, rutted, and muddy roads, as well as those with steep hill descents.

“Unlike the other SUVs in its class, Ford made no compromises with their 2013 Explorer Sport,” says Lou Evans, General Sales Manager at Hassett of Wantagh. “Inside and out, it’s a whole new breed of SUV that’s going to give consumers a greater level of power, performance, comfort, convenience, and fuel efficiency. Plus, I know everyone’s going to love its ‘sporty’ new look, and the stylish interior inspired by today’s leading designers of fashion accessories. Like I said, they didn’t miss a thing here.”

In an era of rising gasoline prices, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is a welcome addition to any family, combining high-performance SUV power with a projected fuel economy of up to 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway. That could mean as much as 3 mpg city/2 mpg highway better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-liter

Hemi engines. The 2013 Explorer Sport also scores 3/4-mpg higher city/highway than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Most impressively, it delivers all this power, performance, and fuel economy while also carrying around an up to 5,000-pound towing capacity.

Further fuel efficiency is derived from paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission with a unique 3.16-to-1 final drive ratio that precisely balances responsive acceleration and economical low-rpm cruising.

Ford didn’t forget safety improvements, either. The 2013 Explorer Sport comes standard with larger brakes that allow for shorter stopping distances, as well as better performance while towing. Equally desirable is the solid-mounted electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) rack that delivers a smoother feel and superior responsiveness, again both on-road and off. And the cutting-edge rear view camera takes the mystery — and potential danger — out of what lurks behind.

However, even with all this, there’s a lot more behind this vehicle’s appealing surface that put in at the top of a long-heralded Explorer line. For 2013, the Sport offers today’s demanding drivers a robust array of consumer-focused technologies — both standard and optional — to satisfy their desire to drive comfortably, conveniently, and well-connected. In addition to those previously mentioned, these include:

• Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control

• 10-way power driver’s seat with power recline and lumbar

• Six-way power passenger seat with recline and lumbar

• First-row heated seats

• Compass and exterior temperature display

• SYNC® with MyFord Touch® driver connect technology

• Sony® Premium Audio System with HD Radio™ and 12 speakers

Want more? Explorer Sport can be individualized to suit virtually any preferences utilizing such options as Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert, remote start, power liftgate, and a dual-panel moonroof, among several others.

The anticipation of the Ford 2013 Explorer Sport’s arrival at local dealerships within the next few months is already high, and building. As Long Island’s #1 Volume Ford Lincoln dealer, and nine-time consecutive winner of the manufacturer’s prestigious President’s Award, Hassett of Wantagh will be among the first to welcome them on at their dealership.

“All of us at Hassett are as excited about its arrival as our customers,” Evans states. “Ford has effectively redefined the SUV segment with the 2013 Explorer Sport, and I for one can’t wait to see it up close and personal. From the buzz I’ve been hearing about it, I may have to wait on the back of a long line when it does arrive.”

For updated information on the Ford 2013 Explorer Sport’s introduction, keep checking this blog regularly.