2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Good domestic suv

2003 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 FFV AWD 5-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
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Good domestic suv
By john 25 on


2003 Ford Explorer XLT AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


I have owned this particular vehicle
for only several months, but I am very
impressed with the way this vehicle
handles and accelerates even though it
has the 6 cyl engine. Steering is very
good for a "truck", and the brakes are
outstanding also. Gas mileage has
improved from about 15mpg to between 18
to 20 mpg. On a recent 375 mile trip
to maine the seats remained supportive
and on center tracking was very good.
The optional 3rd row seating stows away
very nicely allowing plenty of

Best Features

Build quality seems first rate, fit and finish are leaps ahead of some of the other vehicles that we compared it too. from the ford product. The 6 in our truck is very much up to the task, especially when an occasional pedal to the metal is required.

Worst Features

The plasticky interior leaves much to be desired. I much prefer the steering wheel design, look and feel of my 1997 F150. The column shifter also blocks the radio controls and would be much more comfortable if mounted in the center console as in the Santa Fe.
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