2004 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: One of the best years

2004 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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One of the best years
By LuvMyFord on


2004 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


In spite of the low mpg, this model is an excellent reliable vehicle that's great to drive short or long trips. The overdrive is worth it's weight in gold, dropping rpm to so little you forget the engine is running. No road noise, so you know the insulation is terrific. The downside is even the V6 only gets 16 mpg, but that's with the a/c on and doing 65mph. Not terrible considering the weight. This V6 is also a flex fuel, but if you use E85 the mpg is far worse. Plenty of room in the back for sleeping, or cargo. And you can't beat the 6 CD stereo, and the seat warmers that are coordinated with the cabin temp selection. For the sheer comfort this model is a winner.

Best Features

Bright headlight dimming mirror, 6 CD changer stereo, driver seat memory settings, seat warmers, no road noise, smooth ride, rear object sensors, seat comfort, I like it all.

Worst Features

Put seat warmer buttons up on dash instead of side of seats. Put CD controls on steering wheel. Telescopic steering wheel, not just tilt. increase warranty like foreign car makers have. Make a V or inline 6 with 20mpg stop and go driving. Have overdrive kick in at 35mph on flat roads.
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