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3.4 (Good)

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Generations

The 2019 Ford Explorer continues to shine in the heavy populated sea of crossover SUVs. Entering its final production year in the current generation, the 2019 Ford Explorer is available in five trims. This SUV is packed with impressive technology, offers multiple powertrain options, and features a slew of packages that can customize it seemingly any way you’d like.

2020 - 2020 Ford Explorer

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Ford Explorer

Major changes included:

Ford offers the Explorer in four trims: XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. There is a base model that's fleet only that we aren't going to include it in our overview, while the hybrid powertrain is only available on the Limited trim. Pricing starts at $37,770 including destination for the XLT model and tops out at... Read more »

2020

2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Ford Explorer

Major changes included:

The 7-passenger Explorer is available in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, with a choice of three trim levels: Base, XLT and Limited. A new 290-hp 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission (with available SelectShift manual mode) are standard on all trims. A 237-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection... Read more »

2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2006 - 2010 Ford Explorer

3/4 Front Glamour 2010 Ford Explorer

Major changes included:

The Explorer lineup from bottom to top includes the XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, Eddie Bauer, and Limited. It is available with a 210 hp 4.0-liter V6 or 292 hp 4.6-liter V8. The XLS includes the 4.0-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic. XLT adds a chrome grille, unique bumper and trim, power seat, fog lamps, puddle... Read more »

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

2002 - 2005 Ford Explorer

3/4 Front Glamour 2005 Ford Explorer

Major changes included:

All new for 2002, the Ford Explorer is better than the previous version in every respect. Handling and ride quality are improved with a new frame and an independent rear suspension. Performance is quicker with new or improved overhead-cam engines. It's a quieter, more refined vehicle with an all-new interior. New safety features are being... Read more »

2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005

1995 - 2001 Ford Explorer

3/4 Front Glamour 2001 Ford Explorer

Major changes included:

The Ford Explorer has, in a relative flash, gone from being merely a replacement for the Bronco II to becoming a bona-fide model leader. With more than 300,000 sales annually over the past two years, the Explorer has taken over the lead from the Chevy/GMC twins and the Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee in the market¿s compact... Read more »

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