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GE 1997 Ford Explorer

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Specs, Warranty & Reliability

The table below shows all 1997 Ford Explorer specs by style, including MPG (fuel economy), transmission details, and interior and exterior dimensions. Additionally, find 1997 Ford Explorer warranty and reliability information, such as limits on bumper-to-bumper coverage and major components.

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  • Overview
    MSRP *$20,085$21,265$21,485
    Invoice *$18,285$19,323$19,517
    EngineStandard:4.0L V-6 160 HP 225 ft.lbs. @ 2,800 rpmAvailable:4.0L V-6 205 HP 250 ft.lbs. @ 3,000 rpmStandard:4.0L V-6 160 HP 225 ft.lbs. @ 2,800 rpmAvailable:4.0L V-6 205 HP 250 ft.lbs. @ 3,000 rpmStandard:4.0L V-6 160 HP 225 ft.lbs. @ 2,800 rpmAvailable:4.0L V-6 205 HP 250 ft.lbs. @ 3,000 rpm
    TransmissionStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:5-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:5-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:5-spd auto w/OD
    Fuel Economy City18.0 mpg18.0 mpg18.0 mpg
    Fuel Economy Hwy23.0 mpg23.0 mpg23.0 mpg
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
  • Powertrain
    EngineStandard:4.0L V-6 160 HP 225 ft.lbs. @ 2,800 rpmAvailable:4.0L V-6 205 HP 250 ft.lbs. @ 3,000 rpmStandard:4.0L V-6 160 HP 225 ft.lbs. @ 2,800 rpmAvailable:4.0L V-6 205 HP 250 ft.lbs. @ 3,000 rpmStandard:4.0L V-6 160 HP 225 ft.lbs. @ 2,800 rpmAvailable:4.0L V-6 205 HP 250 ft.lbs. @ 3,000 rpm
    TransmissionStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:5-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:5-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:5-spd auto w/OD
    Alternator95 amp95 amp95 amp
    Battery650 amp with run down protection650 amp with run down protection650 amp with run down protection
    Axle RatioStandard:3.27Available:3.733.55Standard:3.27Available:3.734.103.55Standard:3.55Available:3.73
    Recommended Fuel Typeregular unleadedregular unleadedregular unleaded
    Fuel Tank17.5 gal.17.5 gal.21.0 gal.
    Exhaustnon stainless steelnon stainless steelnon stainless steel
    Drive Typerear-wheelrear-wheelrear-wheel
    Limited Slip DifferentialAvailable:limited slip differentialAvailable:limited slip differentialAvailable:limited slip differential
  • Steering and Suspension
    Front Anti-Roll Barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll bar
    Front Springstorsion bartorsion bartorsion bar
    Front Torsion Barfront torsion barfront torsion barfront torsion bar
    Front Shocksheavy dutyheavy dutyheavy duty
    Rear Anti-Roll Barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll bar
    Rear Springsleafleafleaf
    Rear Shocksheavy dutyheavy dutyheavy duty
    Steeringrack & pinionrack & pinionrack & pinion
    Brakes4-wheel disc4-wheel disc4-wheel disc
    Vented Disc Brakesfrontfrontfront
    Wheels15.0 " steel15.0 " silver aluminum15.0 " steel
    Front TiresP225/70SR15.0BSW ASStandard:P225/70SR15.0BSW ASAvailable:P255/70SR15.0OWL ATP235/75SR15.0OWL ATP225/70SR15.0BSW AS
    Spare Tire and Wheelfull-size steelfull-size steelfull-size steel
  • Seating and Interior
    Seating Capacity555
    Front Seat TypeStandard:bucketAvailable:captainStandard:bucketAvailable:captainsportStandard:bucketAvailable:60-40 split-benchcaptain
    Front Headrestsfixedfixedfixed
    Front Driver Seat Direction Controls4-wayStandard:4-wayAvailable:12-way (6-way power)4-way
    Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls4-way4-way4-way
    Rear Seats50-50 bench50-50 bench60-40 bench
    Rear Headrestsadjustable w/tiltadjustable w/tiltadjustable w/tilt
    Rear Child SeatsN/AN/AAvailable:1
    Seat TrimStandard:vinylAvailable:clothStandard:vinylAvailable:leatherclothStandard:vinylAvailable:cloth
    Door Trimvinylvinyl w/carpet lowervinyl
    Headlinerfull clothfull clothfull cloth
    Floor Trimcarpetcarpetcarpet
    Floor MatsN/AAvailable:carpeted front & rearN/A
  • Comfort and Conveniences
    SunroofN/AAvailable:powerN/A
    Roof FeaturesAvailable:roof rackAvailable:roof rackAvailable:roof rack
    Vanity Mirrorspassengerdual illuminatedpassenger
    Auxiliary VisorsN/AdualN/A
    Rearview Mirrorday-nightStandard:day-nightAvailable:auto-dimming day-nightday-night
    Glove Boxglove boxglove boxglove box
    Dome Lightfadefadefade
    Reading LightsfrontStandard:frontAvailable:front & rearfront
    Floor ConsoleAvailable:partialAvailable:partialfullAvailable:partialfull
    Overhead ConsoleN/AAvailable:fullN/A
    Cup HolderN/AAvailable:frontN/A
    Door BinsN/AdualN/A
    Cargo Floor Trimcarpetedcarpetedcarpeted
    Trunk Lid Trimvinylvinylvinyl
    Cargo CoverN/ArigidN/A
    Cargo Tie Downscargo tie downscargo tie downscargo tie downs
    Cargo Lightcargo lightcargo lightcargo light
    Front Air Conditioningmanualmanualmanual
    Rear Air ConditioningN/AAvailable:rear air with separate controlsN/A
    Rear Heat Ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ducts
    RadioStandard:AM/FM stereo, clock, seek-scanAvailable:AM/FM stereo, seek-scanpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scanStandard:AM/FM stereo, clock, seek-scanAvailable:AM/FM stereo, seek-scanclockpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scanStandard:AM/FM stereo, clock, seek-scanAvailable:AM/FM stereo, seek-scanpremium AM/FM stereo, seek-scan
    CDAvailable:singleAvailable:single6-discAvailable:single
    SpeakersStandard:4Available:4 performanceStandard:4Available:4 performance4 brandStandard:4Available:4 performance
    AmplifierAvailable:amplifierAvailable:amplifierAvailable:amplifier
    AntennafixedStandard:fixedAvailable:power fixedfixed
    Cruise ControlAvailable:with steering wheel controlswith steering wheel controlsAvailable:with steering wheel controls
    Door LocksStandard:manualAvailable:power with 2 stage unlockpower with 2 stage unlockStandard:manualAvailable:power with 2 stage unlock
    Remote Keyless EntryN/AAvailable:keyfob (all doors)N/A
    Trunk/Hatch/Door ReleaseN/ApowerN/A
    Rear Child Safety Door LocksN/AN/Arear child safety door locks
    Power Outlets222
    Retained Accessory PowerN/Aretained accessory powerN/A
    Instrument Displayanaloganaloganalog
    Tachometertachometertachometertachometer
    Oil Pressure Gaugeoil pressure gaugeoil pressure gaugeoil pressure gauge
    Water Temp Gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gauge
    Volt Gaugevoltmeter gaugevoltmeter gaugevoltmeter gauge
    CompassN/AAvailable:compassN/A
    Exterior TemperatureN/AAvailable:exterior temperatureN/A
    Trip Odometertrip odometertrip odometertrip odometer
    Steering WheelAvailable:tilttiltAvailable:tilt
    Steering Wheel MaterialN/AleatherN/A
    Front WindowsStandard:manualAvailable:powerpowerStandard:manualAvailable:power
    Rear Windowsmanual ventedmanual ventedStandard:manualAvailable:power
    Quarter Vent Rear Windowsmanual ventedmanual ventedStandard:manualAvailable:power
    1-Touch OpenAvailable:driverdriverAvailable:driver
    Tinted WindowsStandard:lightAvailable:deepdeepStandard:lightAvailable:deep
    Front Windshield Wipersvariable intermittentvariable intermittentvariable intermittent
    Rear Windshield WiperAvailable:fixed intervalfixed intervalAvailable:fixed interval
    Rear DefrosterAvailable:rear defrosterrear defrosterAvailable:rear defroster
    Rear Windshield Typeflip-upflip-upflip-up
  • Safety
    Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    Center High Mounted Stop Lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop light
    Front Impact Airbagsdriver and passengerdriver and passengerdriver and passenger
    Security SystemN/AAvailable:security systemN/A
  • Dimensions and Capacities
    Door Count2 doors2 doors4 doors
    Maximum Cargo Volume69.4 cu.ft.69.4 cu.ft.81.6 cu.ft.
    Exterior Length178.6 "178.6 "188.5 "
    Exterior Width70.2 "70.2 "70.2 "
    Exterior Height66.9 "66.9 "67.5 "
    Wheelbase102 "102 "112 "
    Front Tread59 "59 "59 "
    Rear Tread59 "59 "59 "
    Turning Radius17.3 '17.3 '18.7 '
    Curb Weight3,707 lbs.3,707 lbs.3,939 lbs.
    Front Gross Axle Weight Rating5,842 lbs.5,842 lbs.2,800 lbs.
    Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating7,055 lbs.7,055 lbs.3,199 lbs.
    Payload752 lbs.752 lbs.752 lbs.
    Max Trailer Weight2,000 lbs.2,000 lbs.1,799 lbs.
    Front Legroom42.4 "42.4 "42.4 "
    Rear Legroom36.5 "36.5 "37.7 "
    Front Headroom39.8 "39.9 "39.9 "
    Rear Headroom39.1 "39.1 "39.3 "
    Front Hiproom52.4 "52.4 "51.9 "
    Rear Hiproom43.6 "43.6 "51.7 "
    Front Shoulder Room55.7 "55.7 "57.1 "
    Rear Shoulder Room57.9 "57.9 "56.0 "
    Interior Cargo Volume32.6 cu.ft.32.6 cu.ft.42.6 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume w/Seats Folded69.4 cu.ft.69.4 cu.ft.81.6 cu.ft.
  • Exterior Features
    Running BoardsN/AAvailable:running boardsN/A
    BumperschromeStandard:blackAvailable:coloredchrome
    Rear BumperN/AAvailable:black with 2 rear tow hook(s)N/A
    Rear Step Bumperrear step bumperrear step bumperrear step bumper
    Bodyside MoldingsAvailable:body-coloredbody-coloredAvailable:body-colored
    Rocker Panel Extensionsrocker panel extensionsrocker panel extensionsrocker panel extensions
    Fender FlaresN/AStandard:blackAvailable:coloredN/A
    Grille Moldingschromebody-coloredchrome
    Paintmonotonemonotonemonotone
    Exterior MirrorsStandard:dual manualAvailable:dual power remotedual power remoteStandard:dual manualAvailable:dual power remote
  • Warranty
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Major Components Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Corrosion Perforation Months/Miles60/unlimited60/unlimited60/unlimited
    Roadside Assistance Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Accessories Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
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Safety Rating

Below is the 1997 Ford Explorer safety rating information and crash results as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ratings are based on a star system and can vary by style.
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