The Taming of the Turbo

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Ford Explorer
Starting MSRP: $32,140
When it debuted in 1990, the Ford Explorer gave the SUV some instant civility, and it’s become bigger and better in the ensuing years. Today the base-level Ford is powered by a V6 and the smaller turbo engine is an upgrade. The entry-level Explorer sports a 190-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and the optional upgrade is a much smaller 280-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that adds $895 to the bottom line. The V6 returns 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway, while the turbo four banger is rated at 19 / 27. Ninety more horsepower and better mileage for $895 . . . where do we sign up?

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