The Explorer is the best selling sport-ute on the market for a reason. A comfortable interior, three engine choices, and multiple trim levels mean that there is an Explorer for nearly any budget or lifestyle.
Abysmal gas mileage. Handling is sloppy in corners.
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1998 ford explorer SUV Gas Mileage
1998 ford explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/18 highway MPG
1998 ford explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/18 highway MPG
1998 ford explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD, 4-speed automatic, regular unleaded 14 combined MPG 12 city MPG/17 highway MPG
used 1998 Ford Explorer SUV Overview
The used 1998 Ford Explorer SUV is offered in the following styles: XL 4dr SUV 4WD, Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV, and XLT 4dr SUV AWD. Pre-owned Explorer SUV models are available with a 4.0-liter gas engine or a 5.0-liter gas engine, with output up to 215 hp, depending on engine type. The used 1998 Explorer SUV comes with four wheel drive, rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic.
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Vehicle XLT 4dr SUV AWD
Review I bought my Explorer "used" in '99, with only 1300 miles on it. I truly lucked out! I bought it to pull my new Danish horse trailer (Brenderup) and as my commuting vehicle, which is why my wonderful Red Pig now has about 264K miles on it. ["Red Pig"? so named the first time I filled it up, having traded in a '96 Honda Civic coupe in the transaction]. It was my commuting vehicle as well as my trailer-puller until 6 years ago. Before the Pig was semi-retired, I was putting a good 22K miles on it per year; after, less than 3000 I am only now thinking it's time to find a successor for my beloved Pig. Very reluctantly, because I don't think anything made more recently will measure up
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Available Ford Explorer 1998 SUV Trims: Limited, Base, Platinum, Eddie Bauer, XLS, XLT Sport, NBX, XL, Sport, XLT
Exterior Colors: Tuxedo Black Metallic, Shadow Black, Magnetic Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Blue Metallic, Oxford White, Oxford White Clearcoat, Black Clearcoat, Platinum Dune Metallic Tri-Coat, Sterling Gray Metallic, Blue Jeans Metallic, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Silver Birch Clearcoat Metallic, Caribou Metallic, Red Fire Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Side Metallic, Black, Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Dark Blue Pearl Clearcoat Metallic, Smoked Quartz Tinted Clearcoat Metallic, Sterling Grey Metallic, Cinnamon Glaze Metallic, White Gold Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, White Suede Clearcoat, Canyon Ridge Metallic, Guard Metallic, White Suede, Sunset Metallic, Pueblo Gold Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Cherry Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Stone Clearcoat Metallic, True Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Aspen Green Clearcoat Metallic, Medium Wedgewood Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Sangria Red Clearcoat Metallic, White Sand Tri-Coat, Blue Flame Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl Metallic, Dark Copper Clearcoat Metallic, Green Gem Metallic, Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Mineral Grey Clearcoat Metallic, Torch Red, Kona Blue Metallic, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic, Cinnamon Metallic, Ginger Ale Metallic, Oxford White Clearcoat (Fleet), Golden Bronze Metallic, Tropic Green Clearcoat Metallic, Cashmere Clearcoat Tri-Coat Clearcoat Metallic, Ceramic White Tri-Coat Clearcoat Metallic, Deep Jewel Green Pearl Metallic, Estate Green Clearcoat Metallic, Mineral Gray Clearcoat Metallic, Sport Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Stone Green Clearcoat Metallic, Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic, White Pearl
Interior Colors: Ebony Black leather, Charcoal Black leather, Ebony Black w/Red Accent Stitching leather, Medium Light Stone leather, Medium Stone leather, Medium Light Stone cloth, Medium Light Camel cloth, Medium Light Camel leather, Ebony Black premium leather, Charcoal Black premium leather, Charcoal Black premium cloth, Medium Soft Ceramic premium leather, Ebony Black premium cloth, Medium Parchment, Black leather, Camel leather, Medium Light Stone premium cloth, Pecan premium leather, Midnight Grey, Medium Light Camel premium cloth, Camel leather/suede, Charcoal Black w/Sienna Insert leather, Charcoal Black w/Sienna Insert premium leather, Camel cloth, Graphite, Medium Prairie Tan, Black cloth, Medium Light Stone premium leather, Black/Camel (Late Availability) leather, Black/Stone leather, Medium Stone cloth, Stone leather, Medium Graphite, Stone cloth
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Power Driver Seat, Tire Pressure Warning, Stability Control, 5000lb Towing Capacity, Aux Audio Inputs, Trip Computer, Post-collision safety system, Third-row seating, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Alarm, Parking sensors, Back-up camera, Leather Seats, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Mobile Internet, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Navigation, Towing Hitch, Upgraded Headlights, Remote Start, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Cooled Seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Upgraded Engine, 6000lb Towing Capacity, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Pre-collision safety system, Upgraded Stereo, Rear Entertainment System, Heads up display, AWD/4WD