All Explorers are have three rows of seats and seat up to seven passengers. A 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic, is the standard powertrain and it's available with either front or four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive system doesn't have a low range, but boasts Ford's Terrain Management system that allows the driver to select the road surface. Electronics in the system alter the way power is sent to the wheels to cope with things like rocks and snow. It tries to give the car-based Explorer off- road capability more in line with a traditional SUV like a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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Optional on front-wheel drive Explorers is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, one of Ford's EcoBoost variants. Even though it's small, the engine packs 240 horsepower and gives the big Explorer best-in-class fuel economy of up to 28 MPG highway. This compares to the V6's highest rating of 25 MPG highway. Newly available is the EcoBoost V6, only available on the Sport model. It turns out 350 horsepower. Explorers can tow up to 5,000 lbs. with the V6, but 2.0-liter models max out at 2,000 lbs.Read more »
The base Explorer comes standard with everything to make seven people comfortable in a crossover. The 3.5-liter V6 is standard, but the Base comes with 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, cruise control, six-way power driver's seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, trip computer and a six-speaker audio system with AUX input. Even the least expensive Explorer also gets Trailer Sway Control. SiriusXM radio, Ford's SYNC system with phone integration and USB input, as is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine on front-wheel drive models. An optional Class III hitch brings towing capacity up to 5,000 lbs. on V6s.
The Limited gets most of the XLT's optional luxury items as standard, starting with the leather seats and heat and power adjustments for front-seat passengers. MyFord Touch with backup camera is standard, as are 20-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, remote engine start, power-adjustable pedals with memory, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony HD audio system. The second-row bench seat gets an armrest with dual cupholders and interior ambient lighting. Equipment Group 301A adds cooled front seats, 10-way power front passenger's seat and MyFord Touch navigation. Equipment Group 302A bundles blind-spot monitoring, inflatable rear seatbelts, active park assist and lane-departure warning. A Luxury Seating Package adds a power-folding third-row seat and a second row console is an option, as is a dual-pane moonroof.
The new Explorer Sport adds a dose of performance that's rare in the three-row crossover segment. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with four- wheel drive is standard. It has special 20-inch alloy wheels with a sport-tuned suspension and a black grille. Inside, there are sport seats. Equipment Group 402A adds MyFord Touch navigation, blind-spot monitoring, inflatable rear seatbelts and a power liftgate. Leather seats are optional, as is remote entry and start, a dual-pane moonroof, ambient lighting, power-adjustable pedals and heated and cooled front seats.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Ford Explorer$29,998 | 34,001 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$32,988 | 29,557 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$34,469 | 16,049 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$34,629 | 11,579 mi
2012 Ford Explorer$24,800 | 19,859 mi
2012 FORD EXPLORER$29,950 | 34,941 mi
2011 Ford Explorer$23,998 | 55,945 mi
2011 Ford Explorer$26,451 | 36,272 mi
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac$22,482 | 84,367 mi
2010 Ford Explorer$22,645 | 86,000 mi
2010 Ford Explorer$22,811 | 39,199 mi
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac$24,241 | 45,158 mi
2009 Ford Explorer$16,885 | 82,590 mi
2008 FORD EXPLORER$13,948 | 80,046 mi
2008 Ford Explorer$15,991 | 91,609 mi
2008 Ford Explorer$20,879 | 58,986 mi
2007 Ford Explorer$8,755 | 98,829 mi
2007 Ford Explorer$12,995 | 93,980 mi
2007 Ford Explorer$16,588 | 70,016 mi
2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac$20,955 | 52,932 mi
2006 Ford Explorer$9,298 | 135,363 mi
2006 Ford Explorer$9,735 | 112,517 mi
2006 FORD EXPLORER$10,897 | 105,878 mi
2006 Ford Explorer$13,499 | 96,984 mi
2005 Ford Explorer$7,998 | 73,807 mi
2004 Ford Explorer$6,976 | 128,175 mi
2004 Ford Explorer$7,950 | 88,448 mi
2003 Ford Explorer$5,994 | 124,935 mi
More spacious, but doesn't offer efficient four-cylinder or performance model.
Well-priced and economical, but has blocky styling.
Offers efficient engines, but has less cargo space and off-road prowess.
Sportier and more agile, but lacks sophisticated in-car technology.