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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 239 hp @ 4000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Ford Explorer

  • A functional interior, ample passenger space, strong powertrains and a well-controlled ride all contribute to the 2005 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 high-line models, lousy fuel economy.

  • What's New for 2005

    The 2005 Ford Explorer receives minor interior and exterior trim changes, and the AdvanceTrac stability control system is upgraded with roll stability control for better protection against rollover accidents.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Solid truck & tow vehicle

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

We bought this vehicle to tow a 5,500lb boat and it does it easily and safely. We had bad reliability previously with a Ford Windstar and were reluctant to buy Ford again. But the Explorer fit into our garage (vs. the competing & huge GM products with 3rd row seating), had more than adequate tow specs, and had a nimble feel due to the independent supension. 6 yrs and 70,000 miles later we couldn't be happier. It has required only minor repairs, oil, brakes, etc. It rides smooth and quiet at xway speeds and is a powerful tow platform (glad we bought the V8). Gas econ is 16 - 18 which is acceptable given the fact that this is actually a heavy body-on-frame truck vs. the hybrids which are n




Last ford i'll ever own

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Pretty good vehicle, but Ford refused to work with me on refixing three problems "supposedly" fixed once under warranty. Can't accept this lack of concern for a loyal customer after spending 41k on original purchase. Will just have to shop elsewhere next time. If this is a common practice with other claims, I can see them losing a lot of business.




Completely satisfied

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I enjoy driving the Explorer when my wife lets me. This is our 5th SUV and 4th Explorer. I tested the Toyota 4Runner and Honda Pilot but chose this truck because I do some towing and have had great success with this model. We cart our 2 golder retrievers around a lot and they seem comfortable when we lower all the rear seats. I'm not necessarily a Ford person since our other vehicle is a Toyota Matrix but I rely heavily on consumer magazines and websites when we are doing research for a new vehicle.




Back to an suv

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Had an Expedition, sold it and bought a car (mistake), sold that and I'm back to Ford. After researching and test driving I bought my Explorer and I love it! Couldn't beat what I got for the money. An import SUV with the options I got would have been thousands more. And I love the look of my truck. Runs great, the higher seating and better visibility, the cool look of chrome! Just plain fun to drive. If you're a mom looking for an SUV to handle your family make sure you check out the Explorer.




Two explorers per year

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I drive over 65,000 miles per year with my job. I usually go through two or three Explorers every year. I only drive the Limited Edition; they are very comfortable & look great. I'm pretty aggressive with my speed and the vehicle handles great. In the past four years I've never had a repair needed on any of my Explorers. Just a lot of oil changes and gasoline fill ups.




Excellent suv

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Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I love my explorer for all the great features including the 4WD, third row seat, dual climate control. The towing package is great as well and it tows very well.



Full 2005 Ford Explorer Review

What's New for 2005

The 2005 Ford Explorer receives minor interior and exterior trim changes, and the AdvanceTrac stability control system is upgraded with roll stability control for better protection against rollover accidents.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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