Ford originally designed the Explorer Sport to provide options for consumers who demanded seven-passenger SUVs that had more power than the standard Explorer or competing SUV. The Sport is the only Explorer variant the company installs the 3.5 liter, six cylinder engine rated at 365 HP. The SUV has a maximum speed of 122 MPH and includes enhanced dampers and stiffer springs, improved chassis bracing, larger 20-inch tires, and quicker steering than other Explorer models built by the company. The vehicle includes a six-speed, automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as the standard option but allows manually gear shifting via steering-wheel paddles. The auto can accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in under 5.9 seconds and continues to provide a quiet and roomie interior cabin for auto passengers. The Sport can go from 70 MPH to all stop in 177 feet and has a decent fuel economy rating when compared to other SUVs at 16 MPG city / 22 MPG highway.