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2005 Ford Explorer SUV - Consumer Review

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safe,practical and fun
By texprof on

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2005 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

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I drive two vehicles, my C5 Corvette and an SUV. I had a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but I never really warmed up to it. It leaned a LOT in curves and gave poor gas mileage. Front leg room was inadequate. The interior was very nice and the highway ride was fine. My 2005 Explorer rides much better, is quicker (though relative when referring to SUVs), and handles far better than my Jeep. It is quiet, smooth riding and has a super stability system. It has more cargo room than the Jeep. Gas mileage is very good for an SUV. I have averaged 21.6 in mixed driving. The Jeep I6 gave me 16 -17 mpg. The five speed automatic is smooth and seems to anticipate my next move. I like my explorer.

Best Features

stability system, independent rear suspension, good handling,strong V6, good driving position, decent mpg, quiet ride.

Worst Features

6 cd player, better padding in seats, lighted ignition switch.
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