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 Lariat comes packed with features more typical of a luxury car than a big truck. Available only in super cab and crew cab, the Lariat comes standard with premium leather seats, special paint and exterior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable pedals, wood-tone trim, an LCD productivity screen, a 110-volt outlet, backup camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, parking sensors and a Sony premium audio system with SiriusXM. Options include a touchscreen navigation system, memory settings for the driver, a diesel engine and electronic four-wheel drive.
The XL aims to be for buyers looking for just the basics in a heavy duty truck, but it still has enough amenities to make it livable. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter V8 with 385 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. Power goes through the rear wheels or all four with an optional four-wheel drive system. It's available in regular cab, super cab and 4-door crew cab versions. XL models get a 40/20/40 split front bench seat for three passengers and a vinyl floor covering. Bed lengths are available in 6 3/4-foot and 8-foot. Air conditioning is standard, along with a two-speaker AM/FM radio, trip computer, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and tie-down hooks in the bed. A 6.7-liter diesel V8 is optional and offers 400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft. of torque. The XL Value Package includes a four-speaker audio system with CD player, cruise control and chrome exterior trim. The Power Group adds power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry and soft-touch interior trim. Remote start, steering wheel mounted audio controls, SYNC, upfitter switches and cloth upholstery are also options.
The XLT includes a few more creature comforts to make life in this big truck a little more relaxing. XLT includes equipment from the Value Package and Power Group, and also offers either a 6.2-liter V8 or 6.7-liter diesel with the same cab and bed options. Cupholders up front are standard, as are carpets, steering wheel audio controls, articulating headrests, AUX input, Ford's SYNC system with USB, cloth upholstery and chrome bumpers. The XLT Value Package adds a power driver's seat, power adjustable pedals, automatic door locks, rear parking sensors and a door-mounted keypad. SiriusXM satellite radio, four-wheel drive and a multi-function dash display are also options.
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|Build & Price|
2013 FORD F-250$39,995 | 20,573 mi
2012 Ford F250$34,594 | 28,060 mi
2011 Ford F250$29,900 | 30,389 mi
2011 Ford F250$31,995 | 27,684 mi
2011 Ford F250$33,361 | 36,845 mi
2011 FORD F-250$33,990 | 11,372 mi
2011 Ford F-250SD$37,752 | 83,819 mi
2011 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW$37,999 | 12,382 mi
2011 Ford F250$45,995 | 32,942 mi
2011 FORD F-250$46,599 | 29,760 mi
2011 FORD F-250$46,990 | 35,445 mi
2009 FORD F-250$32,995 | 93,292 mi
2008 Ford Super Duty F-250$17,950 | 100,039 mi
2006 Ford F250$10,900 | 134,893 mi
2005 Ford F250$8,995 | 236,000 mi
2005 FORD F-250$15,499 | 84,868 mi
2005 Ford F250$17,890 | 90,770 mi
2004 Ford F250$13,995 | 140,595 mi
2004 FORD F-250$15,995 | 128,033 mi
2004 Ford F250$17,995 | 86,733 mi
2003 FORD F-250$12,800 | 140,935 mi
2003 Ford F250$12,900 | 150,818 mi
2002 Ford F250$7,800 | 132,687 mi
2002 Ford F250$7,995 | 71,746 mi
2002 Ford Super Duty F-250$8,999 | 130,163 mi
2002 Ford Super Duty F-250$12,995 | 94,016 mi
2000 Ford F250$7,900 | 161,341 mi
1998 Ford F250$4,350 | 163,170 mi
Strong engines and good hauling ability, but isn't as refined as competition
Powerful engines and reasonable equipment levels, but even luxury versions aren't plush
Strong diesel option and nice interior, but can be very expensive
Not a heavy duty option, but offers a robust V8 and lots of towing and payload capacity