2011 Ford Explorer

With the U.S. government and the Big Three’s consensus that a 54.5 mpg fleet average by 2025 is an obtainable goal, it’s no surprise that Ford is releasing more SUVs and trucks with higher fuel economy ratings. The 2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost is one of those models, and should average 20/28 mpg city/highway, according to Ford.

The 2012 Explorer EcoBoost's 2.0-liter I4 engine delivers “V6 power with four-cylinder fuel efficiency,” according to Ford. Automotive journalists haven’t had the opportunity to test the Explorer EcoBoost, but Kicking Tires says, “The V-6 Explorer had plenty of power during our testing, and we’re anxious to see how the EcoBoost version holds up.”

According to USA Today, the Explorer EcoBoost should be “the most fuel-efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market,” beating the Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet Traverse.

Ford hasn’t specified a market debut for the 2012 Explorer EcoBoost, but it should be available before the end of the year.

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