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This is not the 2011 Explorer, but a model that is similar. CC by ppz/Flickr

When you think Ford Explorer, you think big SUV. The Explorer took up the mantle of the Bronco and brought SUV power to the public at large. But the time has come for power to give way to fuel economy, reports CrunchGear. That’s why the new 2011 Ford Explorer is considerably smaller than your average SUV. The engine, height and mudding capacity have all been shaved down to make the vehicle more environmentally friendly.

Taurus and Flex influence new Explorer

Unibody construction for the 2011 Ford Explorer is borrowed from the Ford Taurus and Ford Flex. Engine choices are a 3.5-liter V6 (the power option) or a 2.0-liter EcoBoost for fuel efficiency; both are six-speed automatic. The former is for towing, while the latter is a more fuel-efficient city driver.

Drive more while hauling less

Heavy lifting is not the forte of the 2011 Ford Explorer. This is a city driver that can handle tough weather conditions. Front- or four-wheel-drive options can handle tough weather conditions. Add in fuel economy and you have a great crossover SUV. Easy-selecting rear differential and Descent Control are the kind of tools you need for safe downhill driving, too. And that’s not all. If you felt burdened by your giant SUV before, the 2011 Ford Explorer may just be the antidote. Burn less fuel and save the environment; everyone’s doing it.

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Crunchgear: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/07/26/the-2011-ford-explorer-goes-greener-no-v8-front-wheel-drive-unibody-platform-v6-or-ecoboost-i4/

Ford: http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=32998

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