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Ford Explorer Sport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 203 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport

  • Way past its expiration date. There's no logical reason to buy this truck.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong V6 engine, sporty two-door body style.

  • Cons

    Not as versatile as most SUVs, hobby-horse ride quality, aged platform.

  • What's New for 2003

    Very few changes are in store for this two-door SUV. Trim levels equipped with the Comfort Group now includes power lumbar support. This, along with heated seats, will also be included if you opt for the leather trim. Two coat hooks and a power point make an appearance in the cargo area, and Red Fire Clearcoat Metallic replaces Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (14 total reviews)


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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

This is a great vehicle to use specially here in New York where the roads have holes and bumps all over the place. It is very comfortable and very secure. I have not had any issues with it whatsoever. Very dependeble and a lot of power. It does spend some gas but if you take in consideration that I have not spend any money to the mechanic it makes it worth it. I do take care of it by doing the regular mantaince schedule.




03 explorer sport

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Good trip car with lots of room for 2 and all the junk you can take with you. Will tow a 20 ft boat or car with ease. I usually leave the back seat down for hockey gear supplys bags camping gear. Gets about 22 miles per on the road with a heavy foot. iIs' pretty spunky with over 200 hp will turn on a dime and give 8 cent change. Desperately needed better handling tires, useing duellers HP only true hr rated tires for the truck, stays flatter in turns and stops in the rain. Only downfall is little wind noise at hiway speeds and takes two hands to lower the back seats. Older ones could do it with one hand and thats the only complaints with the vehicle had a 91 eddie bauer 2dr before and it was great




Jb the exlporer

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

The Explorer has been great smooth ride. But yet it's still rugged; the 4x4 is awesome here in Michigan. It has come in handy




Overall good suv

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I have owned my explorer sport for almost a year now and have put 15,000 miles on it thus far. For a V6 with only 200 horsepower it moves when you punch it. The only complaint I have is that I kinda regret not getting the 4 doors for the added convenience but I am happy with it. It's been reliable and fun to drive. I average 20 mpg with combined city/highway driving. The 6-CD player works great and have had no mechanical problems at all. Ford does make a good SUV.




Great suv

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Replaced my former GM junk. Great pick up and nice lines. Pioneer sound system gives a great sound.




Really miss the 4 doors.

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Almost from the day we bought it we regretted not putting a bit extra aside for the 4 Door Explorer. Needless to say, we just traded our Sport in for a 2004 Explorer XLS, and are very happy w/ the decision, just so much more vehicle for the money.



Full 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Review

What's New for 2003

Very few changes are in store for this two-door SUV. Trim levels equipped with the Comfort Group now includes power lumbar support. This, along with heated seats, will also be included if you opt for the leather trim. Two coat hooks and a power point make an appearance in the cargo area, and Red Fire Clearcoat Metallic replaces Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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