Generous standard safety equipment; quiet cabin; balances city driving comfort with towing and off-road capability.
Ford's tried-and-true Explorer sees a minimum of changes for 2009. Big news is a feature called Trailer Sway Control, which works with Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control system to counteract the erratic motions of the vehicle if a trailer begins to pitch. The system actively brakes individual wheels or reduces engine torque to help the driver regain control.
Sirius Travel Link is now a feature of the optional navigation system, and provides real-time updates of traffic and weather. And the XLT package is now available as an all-wheel-drive model, in addition to its placement in the lineup on rear- and four-wheel-drive Explorers.
The 2009 Explorer is a traditional body-on-frame SUV, which makes it attractive to buyers looking for the passenger-carrying capabilities of a mid-sized SUV combined with strong towing and off-road capability. Safety equipment, including standard stability control with a rollover sensor, plus a new Trailer Sway Control, will appeal to the family haulers. Another plus for those with large broods is the availability of third-row seating.
The 2009 Ford Explorer is well positioned to compete against both 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.
The Explorer is offered in three trim levels--XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited--and all are offered in rear-, four-, or full-time all-wheel drive.
The standard 4.0L V6 engine produces 210 horsepower and is mated to a five-speed automatic, and the powertrain is capable of towing nearly 5,400 lb. A 4.6L V8 is optional across the range and cranks out 292 horsepower and 300 ft-lb of torque. It is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox, combining to tow up to 7,285 lb.
XLT models come well equipped, with standard features such as air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel with integrated audio and climate controls, power driver's seat, power windows, mirrors, and locks, a split-folding second-row, seat, and more. Eddie Bauer models feature leather seating, satellite radio SYNC infotainment, iPod adapter, a ten-way power driver's seat and automatic headlights. Top-of-the-line Limited Explorers include heated front seats, rear climate control, an in-dash six-disc CD changer with premium sound, and a universal garage door opener.
Anti-lock brakes and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control are standard on all Explorers, as are dual front and side seat airbags.
Popular options include navigation and a DVD entertainment system.
Vehicle Price: 29,285.00
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