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What Is The Point Of The Ford Explorer Sport?

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We've known for a while that Ford is unleashing a higher performance version of the Explorer this fall.

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Dubbed the Explorer Sport, it has 365 horsepower from its twin turbo V6 and gets 22 MPG on the highway, the best of any seven-passenger SUV. It's basically an Explorer SHO. But what's the point?

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The Taurus SHO and Explorer Sport share so much in common that it isn't funny. It has the same underpinnings and engine. It just gets worse gas mileage and is higher, which means it handles worse.

This is a Taurus SHO wagon with a lift kit. The biggest issue is that the off road cred that the Explorer used to have is further tarnished due to the gigantic wheels and the unibody construction.

Why does it exist? It's simple: Sales. Ford will sell tons of these to people that want power but not a lame Taurus sedan. They want something bigger that will handle and stop worse, and the Explorer Sport will fill that niche.

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On the other hand, if you'd told us a few years ago we'd be able to get something AWD with room for seven, gets 22 MPG and has 365 horsepower we'd have said: in your dreams.

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I think this is a terrible article. I've got your next article right here: "What is the point of the Impreza STI 5 door?" detailing the facts like that both the sedan and wagon-ish versions of the Impreza STI have the same underpinnings and engine.

Some people don't want fucking cars. I don't know if that's impossible for you guys to understand or what. And the unibody setup means it's cheaper and lighter. Sure it can't offroad as well, but honestly, how many Tahoes do you see roaming nature?

There is an urban SUV market, you're fucking stupid if you think otherwise. And do you REALLY think that ALL of those city-slicker SUV drivers don't want some speed?