1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: A Better Explorer

1996 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (5.0L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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A Better Explorer
By Jim Myers on


1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


After owning 4 Explorers over the years and living with their poor cornering, I was amazed at driving an All-Wheel-Drive version. No more slowing down in a turn 'cause you felt the "it's gonna tip over!" feeling. What a difference! It felt, and still does, like a big sports car. Very safe and secure feeling. Very well built. My ONLY complaint is the fuel economy! Typically 12-14mpg and 11 if all city. I don't lead foot (remember the Shell Answer Man commercials?). I'll never sell this one as in its extended life it will carry big things till the wheels fall off. I still love it.

Best Features

Its overall performance and feel.

Worst Features

Make this a mid size SUV hybrid with 30mpg!
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