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The Ford Explorer defined what “SUV” means to an entire generation of drivers. First introduced in 1990, it offered a blend of style and utility the American public couldn’t resist.

Until the current fourth generation—which debuted in 2011—the Explorer used traditional body-on-frame construction. With the switch to unibody design, the Explorer has joined the ranks of the car-like crossover SUVs it inspired. Progress has been made in other areas, too: The base V6 in the original Explorer made 155 horsepower, while its 2013 equivalent churns out 290.

Ford Explorer Generations

2011 - 2015 Ford Explorer

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Major changes included:

The Explorer is completely redesigned inside and out. Body style more closely resembles that of a car, for better handling and improved safety. The cabin materials are higher-quality, and the interior overall feels a little classier.

Engines are now more powerful: standard is a brand new 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 290 horsepower. Buyers who want even more can opt for the turbocharged four-cylinder.

Technology has also been greatly improved. The cabin now houses MyFord Touch, MyKey, and Sync.
The Explorer still offers the versatility of an SUV, providing power, space, and strong performance, but it feels more comfortable than previous models. It also gets better fuel economy than it has in the past. A series of standard features and upgrades make the Explorer easy to customize and fun to drive.

See Year: 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015

2002 - 2010 Ford Explorer

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Major changes included:

Explorer is significantly roomier on the inside and now offers the option of a third-row seat. A new independent rear suspension equals improved ride and handling.

See Year: 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010

1995 - 2001 Ford Explorer

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Major changes included:

A new look and slightly larger dimensions for the popular sport ute. ControlTrac full-time four-wheel-drive replaces the former part-time system. The two-door Explorer Sport is restyled in 2001, designating itself more clearly as a separate model.

See Year: 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001

1992 - 1994 Ford Explorer

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Major changes included:

Ford introduces the Explorer as a rugged sport utility that combines genuine offroad capability with the availability of luxury amenities. Available as a two-door or a four-door with a V6 engine and either two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

See Year: 1992 - 1993 - 1994

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