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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 18, 2:53 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have an opinion relating to the Ford 3.5 V6 verses the 2.3 I4? Age and medical is forcing us to climb out of our Tahoe and Z71 Silverado and into something closer to the ground like an Explorer. No bashing please. I see the I4 needs premium fuel and does not offer increased mileage. It looks like the Explorer is better equipped than a comparable Cadillac at around the same price. Chevy and Buick also don't offer some of the same features.

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 18, 3:02 PM
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Re: Ford Question

I rented a 2016 Expedition with the 3.5 Ecoboost for a long road trip with my family year before last. Atlanta to New Hampshire. It was great. Very smooth, quiet and powerful. I would recommend it based on my experience.

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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 18, 3:09 PM
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Our daughter bought a new 2017 Explorer last year, with 3.5 V6. I'm impressed with the total package.
Why not buy a new Tahoe and have it lowered? That's another option.
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 18, 3:47 PM
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Have you looked at any Jeeps. We have a 2016 Grand Cherokee Limited that is one of the nicest SUVs we ever owned. The Cherokee is a little smaller and you can still get a V-6 in them.

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I don't think you "need" premium with the 2.3. They might recommend it (for max power and mpg), but recommended is not the same as required.

I have the 2.0 turbo in my focus ST, and the manual recommends premium to get the full 252 hp. It also specifically states when using regular, you only get 243 hp. I'm fine with the 9 hp drop, to save 60 cents a gallon. The butt dyno can't tell the difference anyway.
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I'll never buy a Ford but no whatever the brand I'd choose a V6 over a 4 cyl any day. I hate 4 bangers since they're inherently imbalanced, noisy and vibrate. IMO V6's are much smoother and quieter. A recent Car and Driver article compared a 4cyl turbo Mustang to a similar V6 Mustang and even though the the 4 cyl had more torque, the V6 out accelerated it because the 4 cyl peak torque was in a narrow range and the V6 had a wider torque band.
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 18, 7:14 PM
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^ this guy gets it. oh yeah, just lower your current taHOE and sliveradooo and call it a day. spend the savings on beer.
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 18, 8:21 PM
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You thought about a Traverse? Scaled down Tahoe and runs like a scalded dog. V-6 high HP version.
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Been a GM fan for 50 years never bought anything else until a 2012 Explorer 6 cyl in 2014. I wanted 4 wheel drive capability in an suv and GM couldnt provide it. Did not want a pickup. No real issues, and fun to drive. still have it.

But then purchased a new Escape for the better half this year. 4 cyl, great on gas, and a real comfortable drive. NOT noisy, and just completed our first little tour of 2000 km's. More then enough pep at takeoff, and ticks along the highway at 120 kms and just over 2000 rpm's. A tank and a half (if that) of gas. Love it !
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you cant go wrong with a v6 mitsubishi outlander.It will last longer than most hence the 10 year warranty.
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I should have noted i have the 3.5 v6 in the Explorer. lots of power on reg gas.

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Does anyone have an opinion relating to the Ford 3.5 V6 verses the 2.3 I4? Age and medical is forcing us to climb out of our Tahoe and Z71 Silverado and into something closer to the ground like an Explorer. No bashing please. I see the I4 needs premium fuel and does not offer increased mileage. It looks like the Explorer is better equipped than a comparable Cadillac at around the same price. Chevy and Buick also don't offer some of the same features.

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you cant go wrong with a v6 mitsubishi outlander.It will last longer than most hence the 10 year warranty.
I can attest to that statement. We bought an 07 Outlander XLS loaded with every option. Back in 07 this suv was ahead of the curve. Best car weve ever owned. Outside of normal maintenance, and one warranty issue where they replaced the entire driveshaft, its been trouble free with nearly 120k miles on it.

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Maybe I'm just getting old, but I bought my wife a 2011 Toyota Sienna mini van just before we moved to Florida. I kick myself for my previous bias against mini vans. This thing's super nice and it gets great gas mileage. Something to consider.

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We have a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and have been everywhere with it, it has the 3.8,6 spd trans and is loaded except leather and sunroof, good gas mileage and good power for whatever we put it through.
My son and daughter have a 2014 Explorer, Platinum Edition, 3.5, good power, runs smooth and rides very nice. 2WD.. Good luck!

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