The Ford Explorer has undergone a slow and steady transformation from its beginnings as a tough guy to its current refined appearance. Recognizing the fact that most families will spend more time on the pavement than they will bouncing down trails, the Explorer has removed the V8 from its lineup and replaced it with a host of more practical and competitive features.
Although the Explorer is not the most athletic in its class, it keeps up with competing models such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot by offering a spacious interior with plenty of tech and comfort features.Read more »
The base Explorer gets the lineup off to a strong start, offering a 3.5-liter V6 that's a full 100 horsepower stronger than its rival the Hyundai Santa Fe. An optional 2-liter 4-cylinder (available on front-wheel drive models) makes it easy to balance fuel economy and power. The Explorer may not be the most athletic crossover on the market, but it's well-equipped. Items like blind spot monitoring and a trip computer, often available only at higher trim levels on competing SUVs, come standard.
The Limited Explorer makes comfort a high priority, and spending the extra $6,000 or so to upgrade from the XLT delivers a host of high-quality features. Heated second-row seats and HD radio with a 12-speaker sound system are particularly appealing. The Limited even includes items that drivers might not have thought they needed, like power-adjustable pedals that remember the position they're set to. And not forgetting that this is a family vehicle, the Limited also has upgrade options like collision and lane-departure warning, and inflatable seat belts.
The top-level Sport nixes leather upholstery and power outlets in favor of a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, and special design touches on the exterior and interior. But should drivers desire a little extra coddling, they can get the leather upholstery back, plus a wide range of other safety and tech features found on the Limited's upgrade list, as a separate upgrade package. As an added bonus, there are even a few stand-alone items for those wishing to save some money by not investing in a full upgrade package -- these include niceties such as a sunroof and rear-seat monitors.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Ford Explorer$29,998 | 34,001 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$32,477 | 16,661 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$32,479 | 16,049 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$32,498 | 30,566 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$34,629 | 11,579 mi
2013 Ford Explorer$42,000 | 15,900 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
2011 Ford Explorer$30,995 | 40,826 mi
2010 Ford Explorer$20,992 | 53,436 mi
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac$21,411 | 84,367 mi
2010 Ford Explorer$22,811 | 39,238 mi
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac$24,241 | 45,158 mi
2008 Ford Explorer$15,991 | 91,609 mi
2008 Ford Explorer$20,678 | 58,986 mi
2007 Ford Explorer$8,755 | 98,829 mi
2007 Ford Explorer$12,995 | 93,980 mi
2007 Ford Explorer$16,288 | 70,016 mi
2006 Ford Explorer$8,098 | 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$7,996 | 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
Stylish design, good handling, but the 20-inch tires make the ride a bit stiff
Nice body and interior design, but cargo space is limited
Roomy interior, great safety ratings, but rear visibility is a little lacking
Comfortable third row for extra passenger room, but available engine choices aren't thrilling