Discussion in '4x4's, SUV's and P/U Trucks' started by GaryG, Aug 11, 2010.
You've got to be kidding. *crickets chirp* No? Really? Nobody else caught that? DORA the Explorer??
I knew SOMEbody had to pick up on it.
I had no idea about Dora the explorer till I heard the name on TV last week while my gran kids were watching. I guess MSNBC and CNN never have talked about her.
I think I may not see my 2011 Explorer till at least mid January because there has been no status changes yet from Ford.
I found a blown-up picture the dealer gave me and it looks like the 2011 Limited Explorer 20" rim has a Hankook's Optimo All-Season tire on it in the picture. I couldn't find the 255/50R-20 BSW size at Tirerack.com in the Optimo. I'm wondering if Ford has worked with Hankook to develop a special LRR tire like they've done with other tire manufactures. If anyone sees an early test model please check out the make and size of the tire. Ford choose Goodyear’s Fortera HL 245/65R17 tires on the base model 2011 Explorer but I've seen no News on the other size rims.
Now that I've had experience with Ford working with tire manufacturers to design new LRR tires for their new vehicles, I'd say people here should check them out for tire replacement. I see a pattern of designing LRR tires and rims with lighter weight to improve mileage and I'm seeing the effects on my '05 and '09 FEH's.
Most OEM tires are LRR and have been for quite some time. The Hankook Optimo is also standard on the 2011 Sonata Limited, and the hybrid show car I saw last March had them installed as well. And GM has a few models out there with OEM Optimo tires. They're inexpensive and have the LRR needed to squeeze the last bit out of a gallon for the best possible EPA numbers.
Saw two 2011 Explorer window stickers today and the AWD XLT 3.5L had a 17mpg city and 23 highway EPA rating. A Limited FWD 3.5L had a 17mpg city and a 25mpg highway EPA rating. The FWD Limited rating was disappointing to me while the AWD XLT did as well as the FWD 17mpg city. Very confusing!
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