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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 @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Ford Explorer

  • A functional interior, ample passenger space, strong powertrain and a well-controlled ride all contribute to the 2004 Ford Explorer's well-deserved reputation as a practical midsize SUV with few faults.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent ride and handling characteristics for a truck-based SUV, strong optional V8, comfortable cabin with user-friendly layout and seating for up to seven, good crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Dull cabin design with some low-grade materials, low resale value, confusing controls on highline models, lousy fuel economy.

  • What's New for 2004

    Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control that was previously available on V8 models only is now available on all models, except the XLS and XLS Sport and all AWD models. The NBX version now comes standard with the off-road package and "NBX" tailgate badging, and can be ordered with a moonroof. Limited and Eddie Bauer models get a quad bucket seating option when equipped with the third-row bench, which adds second-row buckets and a floor console. Family buyers of the 2004 Ford Explorer should note that the optional rear air conditioner no longer requires the purchase of the third-row seat. Finally, a tire-pressure monitoring system is now standard on XLS Sport and higher trim levels, and a rear cargo shade is optional on XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited models.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Body build needs quality control

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLS Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

The upper part of the tailgate cracked by itself. It cost $350 to get it replaced. The service guy said this happened quite often. Hope Ford will improve body build quality. Please don't change the exterior look. Everybody loves the outside look, but each complains about the gas mileage and minor body problems. I'd like to buy a new Explorer but am waiting for good news about the body build quality and better gas mileage. Is Ford considering a hybrid version?




Happy owner

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLS Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

My wife had a stroke in April 2003. Her right arm is paralyzed and she has only limited use of her right leg. It is much easier to get her in and out of the Explorer than a car. It is also easier to get the wheel chair in an out of the back. We had to find a vehicle she was comfortable riding in and this was her first choice. We have been completely satisfied with the ride, performance and over all appearance.




First american car in 25

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLS Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Swore I would never buy an american car again, never say never.....Love this Ford!




Car salesman's pick

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLS Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Selling cars and trucks for a living for the past ten years has made me very selective about what I own. However, my wife chose the 2004 Explorer XLS for our next new ride. I am seriously impressed with this vehicle! I dont even sell Fords!




Approaching 7,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLS Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I drive commute over 100 miles a day and the Explorer offeres a stable, comfortable ride in heavy traffic. This is my second Explorer and I hope I can drive this one for 8 years as well.




Great suv by ford

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLS Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Fords Exployer XLS is a great buy. Has the looks of the higher cost Exployer at a affordable price.I get good gas milage as I don't have to get to 60 mph in a second. Love the inside seating and the ease to put down rear seats for more carring room. Handles great on the road, and you feel safe driving it.Best Ford I have had in a long time.



Full 2004 Ford Explorer Review

What's New for 2004

Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control that was previously available on V8 models only is now available on all models, except the XLS and XLS Sport and all AWD models. The NBX version now comes standard with the off-road package and "NBX" tailgate badging, and can be ordered with a moonroof. Limited and Eddie Bauer models get a quad bucket seating option when equipped with the third-row bench, which adds second-row buckets and a floor console. Family buyers of the 2004 Ford Explorer should note that the optional rear air conditioner no longer requires the purchase of the third-row seat. Finally, a tire-pressure monitoring system is now standard on XLS Sport and higher trim levels, and a rear cargo shade is optional on XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited models.

Talk About The 2004 Explorer

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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