2011 Ford Explorer Research & Reviews

Overview & Reviews

Average Score

3.73/5 Average
67 Total Reviews
This Year's Model Updates:

The 2011 Ford Explorer has been fully redesigned.

  • Nicely sorted ride and handling.
  • Abundant high-tech features
  • High-class interior quality
  • MyFord Touch has some ergonomic foibles.
  • Less third-row and cargo room than rivals
  • Feels big behind the wheel

User Reviews:

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  • 2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    Reliable, comfortable, great in snow and still looks like new after 5 years of daily use.

  • only 26000 mi on this 5 yr old auto - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    Battery went bad in 37 mo. no warranty! navigation went bad @38 mo no warranty! tires went bad @38 mo. no warranty! sidewalls cracked and Ford would not stand by them! only 19000 mi on the auto Auto was out of warranty. Ford does not stand behind their long time customers time for a change!

  • Stuck on 3 for air and heat. - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    When the air/heat knob is on 1 or 2 no air flow, only on 3 is when it works

  • Wake up Ford or I buy elsewhere!! - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    Too many people have problems with the shift to park signal on the Explorer!! I have always driven a Ford product for the last 40 years. If Ford doesn't do a recall on the shift to park problem then I am moving on!!!

  • Problems 2011 Ford Explorer - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    First the computer display screen had to be replaced when we first got car because it was not working. Next car was randomly having dead battery issues, as something was drawing from the battery and running. Took to dealership and they said there was an APIM recall and fixed it. It happen 2 weeks later again. Then they said it was a gear shift issue where it kept recognizing it was in park. Was not a recall or a Ford issue so cost $500 to repair. Had a recall on the doors as well. I find it odd that the same battery issued happened 4 times and this time they said it was due to the gear shift problem.

  • My Explorer after 30,000km - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    I've now had my Ex for 7 months and put 30,000km on the car so I figured it was time for a proper review after driving it for more than a few weeks. 2011 Ex Limited AWD bought used with 69,000km on it. Both key fobs stopped working when more than a foot away from the car. Ford is unable to fix the issue. Shaking from front end when accelerating from a stop. Ford can't find the issue. Rust on the inside door panels (car is always spotless). Knocking from suspension when going over speed bumps. Ford can't find the issue. Stereo gets very muddy at higher than normal volume. Hazard light button started ejecting the CD $1300 to replace the complete head unit.

  • Suspicion of a sensor problem - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    Our 2011 Ford Explorer is a fantastic vehicle that has caused us no problems until now. It started approximately two weeks ago, the vehicle does not recognize when it is in park. When we open the door a dash light comes on telling us to put the car in park. So far it takes just once for us to re-start the car, shift into neutral, then back to park, and the problem is sloved. This happens about 60% of the time. I have read elsewhere that other people are having the same problem and Ford does not recognize it as a problem, at least there has been no recalls. I hate to complain because it has been such a great vehicle for us.

  • Lemon - Ford doesn't fix customer complaints - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    LEMON ALERT!!!!! FORD has the WORST customer service in their repairs! I have a 2011 FORD Explorer that anytime I park for the last 3 weeks, it DOES NOT REGISTER that the car is on PARK and I turn off the ignition and the car chimes "SHIFT TO PARK" It's in park, and it does this repeatedly and I have to press in and out the black lever on the gear shift 10 or more times before it "registers" that the car is on park. I have a video of it on my phone, I took a picture of it when I parked at the dealership and they WILL NOT FIX IT because they can't get it to fault. This is NOT my issue alone, just search the internet for the number of people with this issues that DID NOT get fixed!!!!

  • 2011 Explorer - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    We traded in a GMC Yukon XL for a new Explorer XLT. This SUV has better seats, ride and handling. There is a bit more road noise on some surfaces. It is surprisingly good in the snow/ice. Especially given the all season type tires. We have had a few issues with the Sync/My Touch system, but all have resolved with the software upgrades. The engine is good, with fairly good power but you have to rev it to get to the powerband, which seems to be the case with many of the new V-6s these days. Gas mileage is very good for a AWD vehicle. Just returned from a 1500 mile trip and averaged 24 mpg with mostly interstate at 70 mph. Back seats are comfortable.

  • Explorer - 2011 Ford Explorer
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    The 2011 Explorer must have the worst electronics of any vehicle in history. I bought mine in April 2011. After a few weeks, the audio system was a mess. The speakers would cut out intermittently. It eventually got to the point that there was almost no sound on the left side. After a spending nearly a year of regular visits to the dealer, Ford finally replaced the wiring on the left side of the vehicle. but now the left side has muffled sound, and there is an occasional humming sound in the speakers on the right side. Now the dealer refuses to deal with the problem, and customer service at Ford says there is nothing they can do. Last Ford for me.

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