Love it, but am disappointed in the
mileage. Got the least fancy one on the
lot (no huge tow package, for instance)
and still get only 14 in town. I've
been told that this will improve after
5000 miles. We shall see.
It's very pretty, for one thing. Love
the double hatch for loading smaller
items like groceries, can open the
hatch from my key fob.
Maybe a hatch button inside the car -
and the fancier models may have this.
This SUV is truely built "Ford Tough."
It lives up to the standers that the
Ford Motor Company is known for. The
XLS model is built for 5 and is
confortable for a small family that
requires a spacious vehical. The fuel
economy is ok for an SUV and it's also
very confotable. This is a vehical for
a family with a smaller budget that
wants to enjoy a quality vehical!
Standard CD player, airconditionind,
power door/windows, and other useful
equiptment make the Explorer XLS an SUV
that is worth what you pay for.
I would suggest that the Explorer be
wider so that there would be a more
space to seat the 3 passangers in the
back seat more confortably.
I recently traded a 2002 Escape for the
Explorer XLS. My initial impressions
were for the added cargo space and
handling. The 2004 Explorer has
improved handling with a little swaying
in turns, but overall much improved.
The blind spots are almost non existent
due to the door pillar being further
back. The cabin is quiet at high
speeds vs. the Escape which was very
noisy. For the price this is a perfect
vehicle for my needs.
I bought the stripped down body style
so I could select my own aftermarket
sideboards & grillguards, this was good
for the fact that mounting was easier.
The door locking feature needs to be
more customizible. I don't like the
fact that you can't change how the
doors "unlock". ie. the cargo hatch
remains locked when you shut down the
engine and is not changeable. You
always have to remember to unlock it to
get your groceries.
I have never owned this vehicale so, I
don't know alot about it, however my
sister ownes a 2002-03 ford explorer
sport two door and she loves hers so I
don't think I did to bad even though
they could of took into concideration
about the gas milage.
The roominess and the quiteness of the
interior of the cabin, not to mention
the accessiblity to the back of the
cabin.I also think that you should
think about putting air conditioning in
the back of all your Explorers
Gas milage and putting air conditioning
in the back of all your explorers.