Generous standard safety equipment; quiet cabin; good balance of around-town driving, towing, and off-road capabilities.
Redesigned in 2006, the 2008 Ford Explorer is well positioned to compete against other truck- or car-based mid-sized SUVs. The body-on-frame construction will please those in need of towing capacity, while the independent rear suspension and stiffer frame enhance handling on paved surfaces. Optional third-row seating on all trim levels expands utility for larger families. For those with the occasional boat or basketball-team-sized contingent of kids (or both) who choose not to pop for a large SUV, the mid-sized Explorer must be considered.
The standard V6 engine produces 210 horsepower while the optional V8 cranks out 292 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The V8 is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox, which is a nice segment-leading plus.
At just a hair over $26,000, the base 2WD V6 XLT offers impressive standard equipment for the price, including air conditioning, fog lamps, stability control, aluminum wheels, anti-lock brakes, privacy glass, remote keyless entry, side seat air bags, and more. Options available include a power moonroof, navigation system, and heated windshield, leather seats, keyless entry, and Sirius satellite radio so even the XLT can be generously loaded.
For 2008, Ford added a new full-time all-wheel drivetrain to the lineup mid-model year. Also, the XLT now features folding power mirrors with integrated approach lamps as standard, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Eddie Bauer trim gets a freshening with new two-tone bumpers and 20-inch wheels, in addition to other decorative touches. The Limited is mostly the same as last year while adding a HomeLink universal garage door opener and power-adjustable pedals. Side curtain air bags are standard on all Explorer trims for 2008.
Ford's new Microsoft-developed SYNC media system is now available as an option on the XLT trim, and is standard on all higher trims. It integrates a voice-activated interface with portable music player connectivity.
The 2008 Explorer is a traditional body-on-frame SUV, which makes it attractive to buyers in the market for a mid-sized SUV with towing and off-road capability. Safety equipment, including standard stability control with a rollover sensor, will appeal to the family haulers. Another plus for those with large broods is the availability of manual- or power-folding third-row seating.
Vehicle Price: 27,280.00
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