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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Ford Explorer

  • In spite of its ubiquity, the dated 2001 Ford Explorer can't compete with the other excellent midsize SUVs available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Great crash-test scores, roomy, lots of optional features.

  • Cons

    Harsh yet wallowy ride, potentially steep price, every other Joe has one.

  • What's New for 2001

    A complete redesign is planned for 2002, so the 2001 Ford Explorer has undergone minor changes. The SOHC V6 is standard on all models, and the 4.0-liter OHV V6 and manual transmission are no longer available. Additional child safety-seat tether anchors have been added to the second-row seats.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (3 total reviews)


Love it!

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Vehicle: 2001 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

This was my first vehicle purchase. I've never been fond of Fords, but this vehicle definitely changed my opinion. I love how smoothly it handles, it's incredibly comfortable and I find the fuel economy to be quite well (averaging 17+ MPG in the city). I'm starting to run into some issues at 87,000 miles, all minor and relatively cheap fixes - but my biggest hassle was with the fuel pump. Finding a replacement was extremely difficult. Overall I think it's a great little SUV and definitely fits all my requirements for what I need. It's a comfortable, reliable ride, and has lots of hidey-holes where you can keep tool kits, travel bags and other knick-knacks hidden and out of the way.




I love my blue baby

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Vehicle: 2001 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my Explorer new in 2001 -- started as a lease and I decided to keep. After 208000 miles I've never had any major problems, until now. Have to get the crankshaft pulley replaced. I plan to keep this car FOREVER. I love my Explorer.




Xls is a great model

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Vehicle: 2001 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

drives great and has great gas mileage for a V6 engine, 17 MPG in town, and 23 on the highway.



Full 2001 Ford Explorer Review

What's New for 2001

A complete redesign is planned for 2002, so the 2001 Ford Explorer has undergone minor changes. The SOHC V6 is standard on all models, and the 4.0-liter OHV V6 and manual transmission are no longer available. Additional child safety-seat tether anchors have been added to the second-row seats.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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