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How Much Does a Ford Explorer Cost?

Ford Explorer SUV Prices


The Ford Explorer has been around for almost 20 years. During that time has solidified itself as one of the most popular SUVs on the market. Next year's incarnation of the Explorer will see a completely overhauled vehicle that meets the modern consumer's demands for better fuel-efficiency and more refined handling. The 2010 Ford Explorer's truck-based frame, cavernous interior, towing and off-road ability still make it appealing for a specific niche of drivers.

Ford Explorer MSRP

XLT 4.0L V6 $29,280
Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6 $33,280
XLT Sport 4.0L V6 $36,005
Limited 4.0L V6 $36,280

Buyers who want a vehicle that can haul, tow, and navigate the roughest of roads need look no further than the 2010 Ford Explorer. The standard engine on the Explorer is a 4.0-liter, 210 hp V6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade to a 4.6-liter V8 matched with a six-speed automatic is optional. Neither engine is particularly fuel-efficient (both earn around 16 mpg overall), but, if you buy this vehicle, that probably isn't a priority for you. You're more likely to be interested in the Explorer's ability to tow 7,300 pounds with a trailer sway control electronic stability system or its available four-wheel drive system with a push-button low-range transfer case for treacherous roads. In fact, four-wheel drive is available on all Explorer models and 20-inch wheels can be equipped with full-time all-wheel-drive.

The interior of the Explorer gets mixed reviews. Some are impressed by upscale features, and others are disappointed by the interior's somewhat dated look. There are certain features, however, that are undeniably positive. The Explorer rides smoothly and quietly, especially for a vehicle of its size. The interior is large and comfortable. Three seating configurations are available, including a third-row option.

The Limited model reduces seating from seven to six by replacing the second row bench with reclining captain's chairs. All models have some nice standard equipment such as A/C, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise-control and an MP3-compatible CD player. The XLT Sport adds more athletic styling such as black wheel arches and step-up bars. The Eddie Bauer Explorer benefits from two-tone paint, leather upholstery, heated seats and the Ford Sync multimedia interface. Upgrade to the Explorer Limited and you will be treated to full-on luxury with features such as power front seats, power-folding third-row seating, premium leather upholstery, and a top-notch audio system. On all Explorers the rear rows of seats fold nearly-flat for improved cargo room.

When driving the Explorer there's no doubt that you're behind the wheel of a truck-based vehicle. But an independent rear suspension gives the 2010 Explorer a smoother and more stable ride compared to previous generations. Both the V6 and V8 deliver competent performance, and responsive, accurate steering, making the large vehicle surprisingly enjoyable to ride. Safety features include antilock disc brakes, side airbags in the front seats and second row, and stability control with rollover sensing.

The Explorer is large enough to rival minivans, but you won't find many vans that can haul the whole crew and a big boat up a rocky mountain pass. For one more year, the Ford Explorer remains the quintessential SUV, best suited for those who prefer brute strength and utility to MPGs and a refined ride.

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