The Ford Explorer has always been an American favorite especially since 2011 after being modified into a unibody crossover. For 2016, the Explorer will be getting an even bigger revamp that includes some nifty gadgetry. The first modification worthy of note, though, is the 2.3-liter turbocharged Ecoboost engine. 

Speaking of the engine, here is a neat fact about the Ecoboost: it is only about half the size of the standard V-6 engine used for the original Ford Explorer released in 1990. Despite being 50 percent smaller, it delivers about twice the horsepower.

The 2016 Ford Explorer will have five trim levels. Some of the exterior cosmetic changes include a sculpted hood, new grille, a chrome strip on the rocker panels, and tweaks in the fog lamps and LED headlights.

The interior is quite spacious and has 81 cubic feet of cargo room when the second and third row seats are down. The front seats come with power controls and are clad in soft, ebony-colored leather. All the controls are dictated via touch-pad. The screen is divided into quadrants with each square allotted for phone function, navigation, climate control, and audio. A dial has also been added specifically for the climate control setting for those that prefer a more conventional interface.

Here are some additional facts about the Explorer. Ford sells an estimated 150,000 units per year. Sales saw a major spike between 1998 and 2002 when two million units were produced and sold.

If you’re on the lookout for a crossover SUV, then you can’t go wrong with the Ford Explorer. Visit our Ford dealership near El Dorado Hills to check out the 2016 models and the many trim levels and add-ons available.