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Differences between the Sport and Limited

Discussion in '2016 -2017 Ford Explorer Order Status Threads' started by NY1PR2012, March 1, 2013.

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    1. NY1PR2012

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      There have been many discusions about the options that you can get in the Explorer Limited that are not available in the Sport. While many of us can live without many of those options in the Sport there are those that are still confused thinking that some of these options are also available in the Sport. I have taken the time to summarize them so everyone knows what you can have in the Limited and not the Sport.

      These are not available options in the Explorer Sport.

      1.Active Park Assist
      2.Lane Keep Assist
      3.Rain Sensing Wipers
      4.HID HeadLamps with Auto High Beams
      5.Heated Sterring Wheel
      6.PowerFold Third Row Seats
      7.Second Row Center Floor Console
      8.Luxury Seating Package

      In the Sport as well as the Limited you can order Second Row bucket seats but in the Sport you can't order the center console because it is only available in the Limited and in the Sport is what Ford calls "Pass Thru"

      In Both the Limited and the Sport you can order them with ,

      1.Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning System with Brake Support
      2.Bliss( Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Trafic Alert
      3.Heated and Cooled front row seats
      4.Power Tilt Telescoping Steering wheel
      5.10 way passenger seat
      6.Power liftgate
      7.Voice Acativated Navigation System with SiriusXM travel link and Rear View Camera
      8.Inflatable Rear Seatbelts for Second Row Outboard Seating Positions
      9. Dual Panel Moonroof
      10.Trailer Tow package
      11.Ambient Lighting Package
      12.Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start
      13.Power Adjustable Pedals with memory
      14.Remote Start System

      and of course the few things that you can't get on the Limited but you can get on the Sport are,

      The 3.5L Ecoboost Engine Direct fuel injection and twin turbochargers,the Charcoal Black Sienna Interior Seats with Contrast-stitched, leather-trimmed,the sport-tuned independent front and rear suspension systems that help provide a smooth and comfortable ride and also helps deliver precise handling,Unique interior and exterior accents, Distinctive headlamp and taillamp blackout treatment, Performance paddle-shift interface that provides the ease of an automatic transmission with the lively acceleration of a manual which works in concert with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 to provide enhanced performance.A Bold, Distinctive Look,Unique black grille,Exclusive Explorer badging,Embossed black liftgate accent,Lighted front scuff plates.

      I think I have covered everything but if there is anything I did not mention please feel free to ad or correct me if I have made a mistake.

      Best regards to all,

      Carlos

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      was these specs you list for the 2013 model? The 2014 Sport states the 2nd row console is now an option. Just want to try to clarify. Thanks!
       
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      I just ordered a 2014 Sport with the second row bucket seats and the center console. The center console wasn't available for the Sport in 2013 thus why I waited.
       
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      Oh - and the wheels :) :) :)
       
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      The Sport's steering gear is solidly mounted to the front subframe and Ford replaced a bushing at each rear-wheel knuckle with a bearing. Larger brakes. 1/2 wider wheels. Specifically tuned all-wheel drive.

      Is that all? Lol
       
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      True - and one thing we noticed last night @ a red light next to a new limited...
      the sports are 2 to 4 inches lower than the Limited's...

      a result of the better springs, etc... giving it better handling...
       
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      We are the corner carvers ;)
       
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      hmmm did you tweak your stock front license plate holder on the Lmtd?
       
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      I am considering a move from 2012 Limited to 2014 Sport and wondered if these differences still exist as below or if these are now options on the 2014 sport ?

      Thanks

      WC

       
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      Hi Wildcat-1

      Tonight I turned in my 2013 Limited full load for the factory ordered full load 2014 SPORT

      The SPORT is awesome Im glad I made the change but there are a couple things I miss.

      1. Heated Steering Wheel will be missed

      2. PowerFold 3rd Row will be missed but I didn't know until tonight the 2nd row buckets in the SPORT don't have the button for AutoFold, its 100% manual.

      3. Lane Keep/Departure system was excellent and will be missed.

      4. Auto Park Feature I used a couple times to show people then never again. I think this feature is something that really depends are where you live. I never need to parallel park, but if your in an area where you do then its important. I wont miss it.

      5. HID's are something I will miss but an OEM upgrade might be a possibility.

      6. Rain Sense wipers Im pretty sure are on the 2014 along with 2nd row console as I have one.

      7. I wish 2nd row buckets in SPORT were heated too.

      8 My SPORT has the Luxury Seat Package standard, there's no upgrade from the SPORT seats. I love the contrast stitching.


      So bottom line is.....whats more important to you, driving dynamics or creature comforts?

      Too me after having a Limited and driving a SPORT the decision was easy.

      The SPORT is so much fun to drive there's no comparison.

      Two more things I noticed,

      When a text message comes in to MFT on the Limited I could hear it with steering wheel controls as the GUI appeared in the right side DIC screen but in the SPORT its only in the main MFT screen

      Also in the SPORT there is no ability to control Climate from the steering wheel in the right DIC, like the Limited





      1.Active Park Assist
      2.Lane Keep Assist
      3.Rain Sensing Wipers
      4.HID HeadLamps with Auto High Beams
      5.Heated Sterring Wheel
      6.PowerFold Third Row Seats
      7.Second Row Center Floor Console
      8.Luxury Seating Package
       
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      Thanks so much for your reply, I had no idea there was still such a big gap between fully loaded limiteds & sports. Like you however I am interested in the peppier engine so do plan on driving both before deciding.

      I also wanted to ask what phone you were using with your Explorer as with the iPhone I don't think I've ever noticed the screen etc that you mentioned on the limited Explorer..

      I also have a question regarding lane departure, is this meant to kick in whenever you go across a line without indicating etc or only if that lane is occupied by another vehicle ?

      Thanks

      WC
       
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      Actually, Ford removed the Climate Control option from the right side of the main dashboard on ALL Explorers for 2014, not just the Sport Model. Have no idea as to why, most likely as they want people to use the Climate Voice commands more and look at the dashboard less.
       
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      Im using iPhone 5 with iOS 7.0.4 and there was always a duplicate phone answer or text message screen for me in the right DIC in the 2013 Limited. Im guess this is removed for all 2014 models like right side DIC Climate GUI.

      Lane departure is a camera mounted up on the windshield just in front of the rearview mirror. It reads lane markings both right and left lane markings.Even in hard rain which I think is amazing.

      It will move the vehicle back center in the lane, it has two settings, steering wheel vibrate and lane centering. It cancels if you use your turn signal to cross the lanes. If you take your hands off the wheel it displays a message not to let go of the wheel.

      It works flawlessly, I was very impressed and miss it on my SPORT.
       
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      So lane departure is meant to work regardless of another vehicle being in the lane you are drifting into ? The reason I ask is that I have it on my 2013 limited but it never seems to do anything even with steering wheel feedback set to aggressive. When I brought it up with the dealer they stated only works when another vehicle is in the lane you are moving into, this didn't seem to ring true for me as it is 'lane departure' not 'lane departure into other traffic' ;)

      Thanks

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      One small change to your details list of differences. The Limited offers a 10 way passenger seat while the Sport gives you a 6 way power seat in the 2014 Sport.

      I like many Sport owners are a bit frustrated that Ford doesn't have a 402a package (mirror of the 302a package of the Limited) giving you the option to get many more features, especially the safety features. With Ford Explorer's, you really can't have it all! That's frustrating because in 2009, I could have it all (all options that is) with my Ford Escape.
       
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      As usual the dealer is completely wrong, I have used it on a Freeway with no one around and it centered the vehicle in the lane.

      Go to a different dealer, that one is misinformed.
       
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      I agree

      Heated steering wheel, rain sense wipers, HIDS as a minimum but lane keep, powerfold seats would be nice.

      Im told if they added that they would be around a $60,000 Explorer and their marketing research says no one will pay that.
       
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      You weren't wrong ! I went to the dealer today and tried a 2014 Sport and my goodness do I like the punch that engine has ! I was looking at the red and it really offsets the black nicely.

      Now the big decision as you mention is, is it worth dropping features for the sport. Some of the nice to haves in the limited I can do without but as others have mentioned the safety features would be nice. Really is a shame they don't add the features from the limited. I know you mentioned it would hit around $60k but I think it would be worth it.

      At least you get the power telescoping wheel :)

      Decisions, decisions.

      WC


       
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      Explorer, the 401a package on the sport states it adds 10 way power seat, is that wrong ?

      Thanks

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      I also heard that on the limited switching out the stock air filters for K&N can help improve the pickup of the limited, anyone tried this ? Certainly don't expect this to do miracles but letting the vehicle breath more should enhance something (not expecting SPORT performance) :)

      WC
       
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      Its 10 way, your right, I set it once and leave it.
       
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      I also heard that on the limited switching out the stock air filters for K&N can help improve the pickup of the limited, anyone tried this ? Certainly don't expect this to do miracles but letting the vehicle breath more should enhance something (not expecting SPORT performance) :)

      WC
       
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      I am in the process of buying the 2014 Sport and I can't believe it does not have the heated wheel or rain sensing wipers!!! If this is the top of the line Explorer why aren't these important features included???

      I would expect this from a $56,000 vehicle!
       
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      I still think they could have optioned the heated wheel and automatic wipers. I had these features on a Jeep!

      Yes, German made cars have always been notoriously expensive to repair. But, I did look at the M5 before getting my Overland. Once all the options were added, I think it was $20-30,000 more.

      I guess I'll be waiting 4 years for rain sensing wipers and a heated wheel. I hope I don't miss them too much.

      Thanks for the reply,

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