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#4447534 - 07/02/17 03:35 PM 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days
Whimsey Offline


Registered: 12/22/02
Posts: 4049
Loc: The Garden State
We just got back from a RT from NJ to Key West in my wife's 2017 2.3 EB Explorer. I drove the entire 3,600 miles because I'm a terrible passenger grin2. This Explorer is extremely smooth riding without "floating", the electric steering is spot on stable at all speeds and the handling is really good also, tight in turns, no slop. The interior is really comfortable and user friendly. After 13 hour days driving the seats were still supportive and very comfortable. The small 2.3L EB engine was a champ. It provided all the power of the 4.6 V-8 her 2005 Explorer has but got an amazing 23.23 mpg overall. This was with the majority of the mileage being highway at 75-85 mph. This mpg was determined from actual miles and gallons used, not by the computer which was slightly optimistic, but not by much. I did use premium fuel per Ford's recommendation for the summer heat with this engine. I changed the oil right before the trip to Mobil 1 5W-30. I used 3 oz more than the 5.7 qt fill and used those 3 oz in the 3,600 mile trip, so I'm back at the full mark at the hash marks. This is really good since all the other times I first used Mobil 1 it always used more in the first 1,000 miles but then didn't use any after that. I'm old and usually like basic vehicles with manual transmissions with no frills but I have to say this Explorer is really nice and user friendly.

Whimsey

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#4447540 - 07/02/17 03:40 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
4WD Online   confused


Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6402
Loc: Texas
That's a road trip right there - happy with our 2015 as well ...

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#4447544 - 07/02/17 03:44 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
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Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13661
Loc: Illinois
My new to me 2017 Fusion has the electric PS and I to really like the feel of it. Now I hope the reliability is there. Time will tell.
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#4447618 - 07/02/17 04:56 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
oil_film_movies Offline


Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2569
Loc: MN
The Mazda CX-9 is ranked first in this class. Ford Explorer comes in way down at #7. For anybody consider buying one, you could do better. Pretty much any major reviewing organization you pick ranks it low.

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#4447628 - 07/02/17 05:05 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: oil_film_movies]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
Originally Posted By: oil_film_movies
The Mazda CX-9 is ranked first in this class. Ford Explorer comes in way down at #7. For anybody consider buying one, you could do better. Pretty much any major reviewing organization you pick ranks it low.


This guy is happy with his so why post this nonsense?
CX9 in the early years was a known loser of the highest order.

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#4447631 - 07/02/17 05:09 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: oil_film_movies]
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Registered: 12/16/02
Posts: 6521
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
Nice road trip and super nice vehicle. Enjoy!

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#4447635 - 07/02/17 05:12 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
Sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 12268
Loc: The Old North State
Cool beans. I posted on the recent Ford Explorer thread that I rather like the look of the Explorer. Also that 'if' I was looking at one in XLT trim, I'd prefer the 2.3L EB over the 3.5L. I admit, I'm intrigued by the EB.

Sounds like a nice trip and I'm the same about driving. A very poor passenger.

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#4447637 - 07/02/17 05:13 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
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Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3114
Loc: Central Virginia
Mazda LOL.
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#4447647 - 07/02/17 05:38 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
miden851 Offline


Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 433
Loc: GA
These 17 Explorers are great cruisers, enjoy

I'm about to take on the same trip from North Atlanta area to Key West by the end of the week in my Mazda6, two people; About 13hrs per my GPS



Edited by miden851 (07/02/17 05:44 PM)
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#4447666 - 07/02/17 06:05 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
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Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4315
Loc: Soviet State of Washington


"This guy is happy with his so why post this nonsense?"
"CX9 in the early years was a known loser of the highest order."


I wonder why it was a loser? Could it have something to do with having a Ford engine? Today's Mazda which OFM refers to is a totally different vehicle.

With that said, glad to hear the OP likes his Explorer.
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#4447670 - 07/02/17 06:08 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: oil_film_movies]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 10989
Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: oil_film_movies
The Mazda CX-9 is ranked first in this class. Ford Explorer comes in way down at #7. For anybody consider buying one, you could do better. Pretty much any major reviewing organization you pick ranks it low.
Who wants a Mazda?
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#4447775 - 07/02/17 08:23 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: CT8]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 7605
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: CT8
Originally Posted By: oil_film_movies
The Mazda CX-9 is ranked first in this class. Ford Explorer comes in way down at #7. For anybody consider buying one, you could do better. Pretty much any major reviewing organization you pick ranks it low.
Who wants a Mazda?


Has Mazda fixed their RUST problems yet?
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#4447785 - 07/02/17 08:32 PM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: AirgunSavant]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21198
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
Originally Posted By: oil_film_movies
The Mazda CX-9 is ranked first in this class. Ford Explorer comes in way down at #7. For anybody consider buying one, you could do better. Pretty much any major reviewing organization you pick ranks it low.


This guy is happy with his so why post this nonsense?
CX9 in the early years was a known loser of the highest order.


I agree.

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#4448027 - 07/03/17 06:46 AM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10024
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
Yeah IMHO, FORD has gotten the suspension just right on several of their vehicles in terms of their ride & handling combo. Very absorbent over broken pavement without being/feeling, floaty/mushy. Rock solid without jarring ones teeth or upsetting the passengers. The Edge, Escape & Fusion come to mind as well.
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#4448056 - 07/03/17 07:49 AM Re: 2017 2.3 EB Explorer 3,600 mile trip, 11 days [Re: Whimsey]
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Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 7162
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I also like the new Explorers. They simply drive well. And, more importantly, depending on model and configuration, they drive far better than the competition. Crazy to consider autocrossing one, but they are that good.
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