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Ford Explorer

The Ford Expedition was introduced to vehicle buyers in 1997. It is a full-size SUV that offers consumers a model choice between the Ford Explorer and the larger Ford Excursion. These types of vehicles became very popular starting in the 1990s, even though they are expensive to fill up at the pumps.

Similar to the Lincoln Navigator, the Expedition has sold a million units since 2004. Consumers appreciate this model's spacious interior, generous space for hauling cargo, and impressive towing capacity. Fire departments and law enforcement agencies have been buying a version of the Ford Expedition, known as the Special Service Vehicle, which has been modified to suit their needs. The Expedition is built at Ford Motor Company's plant in Wayne, Michigan.

The Expedition was put in the market as a replacement for the Ford Bronco. This vehicle can carry up to eight people comfortably if the third rear seat is used. Drivers can tow up to 8,000 lbs.

For the 1999 model year, the Expedition was given an upgrade. Engines (4.6L and 5.4L) offered more power while delivering the same fuel efficiency (14 mpg combined city and highway) as previous versions. The front fascia and grill were updated. The bumper was equipped with fog lamps.

The 2003 Ford Expedition was built on the same platform as the Ford U, which gave this model an 8,300 lb. towing capacity. Power folding third row seats and turn signal mirror lights were introduced at this point. Another change for this model year was an upgraded rear axle and suspension, which resulted in a smoother ride.

Starting in 2005, the 4.6 L V8 engine was discontinued. All Ford Explorers are powered by a 5.4 L V8 engine instead. The latter has been updated to include 24-valve technology. An optional feature available starting in 2005 was the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.

A third generation of Ford Explorers became available starting in August of 2006. It was based on the T1 platform. A 5.4 L Triton V8 engine provides 300 hp and gives this model a towing capacity of 9,100 lbs. This introduced at the Houston Auto Show because a significant number (20 percent) of Ford Explorers are sold to vehicle buyers in Texas.

The first new 2007 model Ford Expedition to come off the assembly line was donated by the company to a family featured on the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show, featuring the Peter family from Jamaica, Queens, New York, was broadcast on May 7, 2006. Wondering if the 2008 Fred Expedition has made any concessions with the current fuel crunch? They are minimal with a current 16 mpg for city and highway driving combined.

Ford Explorer MPG

Ford Explorer Reviews by Year

2012 Ford Explorer 2WD
Although some professional car reviewers are disappointed in the 2012 Ford Explorer 2WD, and especially so with the optional Eco Boost engine, others see this new Explorer as a more than adequate vehicle which upholds the old Ford tradition of quality, safety and very good looks.

According to Bill Gubing, Ford’s chief program engineer, the new Explorer is delivering buyers everything they want in an SUV; including a convenient and capable ride that also delivers incredible performance and the technology the modern buyer wants.

Despite what Ford personally has to say about their new SUV, professional car reviewers remain unconvinced. There is not much love lost between them and the newest Ford Explorer. The 2012 2WD model has been dubbed fit for, “….mommies hauling four girls to ballet class.” Ouch!.

The main complaint with the Explorer is that it makes a lot of promises it doesn’t keep, which is somewhat typical of modern-day Ford products. From the outside, it looks big, beefy and roomy. It also looks as if it’s ready for off-road. more
2010 Ford Explorer 2WD
The 2010 Ford Explorer 2WD is a middle-sized SUV that comes to you with either a V6 or V8 engine. It features body-on-frame standards for construction and is in direct competition with the Nissan Pathfinder, the Chevrolet Trailblazer , the Toyota 4Runner and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2009 Ford Explorer 2WD
The 2009 Ford Explorer 2WD features a classic SUV style that is both commanding and elegant. With three varying trims to choose from, buyers will have the opportunity to put their personal touch on the model.
2008 Ford Explorer 2WD
The 2008 Ford Explorer 2WD is considered a traditional midsize SUV, available with V6 or V8 power. New features for 2008 were introduced that included enhanced brakes, suspension and steering.
2007 Ford Explorer
The 2007 Ford Explorer's four models start with the XLT at $25,995 and progress through the Eddie Bauer model ($28,995), the Limited ($32,095), and the Ironman ($27,490.) The Explorer offers room for five to seven occupants and is powered by either a 4 liter V6 generating 210 horsepower as a five-speed automatic (15 mpg city / 21 highway) or a 4.6 liter V8 producing 292 as an automatic with six speeds (15 city / 21 highway.).
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