Used 2006 Ford Explorer

2006 Ford Explorer
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2006 Ford Explorer

Pros

  • Excellent ride and handling characteristics for a truck-based SUV, strong optional V8, comfortable and quiet interior with user-friendly layout, standard Roll Stability Control.

Cons

  • Low resale value, lousy fuel economy.

Used 2006 Ford Explorer for Sale

Ford Explorer 2006 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
159,041 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$4,999
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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STOCK#LMC-399 A WELL KEPT , VERY NICE, SUV WITH 3RD SEAT IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE LOUDOUN MOTOR CARS located in Chantilly VA is the sister concern company of LOUDOUN USED CARS located in Leesburg VA.We are one of the renowned pre-owned used cars business, operating both in Chantilly VA and Leesburg VA serving nationwide especially the adjacent areas of tri states (DCMDVA) and WV with the quite satisfaction of hundreds of customers. With the each passing day we rapidly adding countless happy customers to our business circle having rating close to 5 (FIVE) stars. Prior to offer for sale, our vehicles are thoroughly inspected by the competent experts and if needed brought into compliance as well. Our prime focus in this essential area of life is to facilitate the customers with quality vehicles within competitive prices. We are continuously striving to provide full technical support to customers as per their requirement, help them to choose the appropriate vehicle which is best fit in their budget. We are committed to provide our customers pressure free environment with honest opinion. Third party Warranties are also offered if required by customers. We are glad to serve you anytime 11.00 A.M to 6.00 P.M Mon. To Fri. Sunday 12 PM To 05 PM LISTED PRICE FOR VEHICLE DOESN'T INCLUDE TITLETAXREGISTRATIONLICENSE, $299 PROCESSING FEE & FINANCE CHARGES. FINANCING AVAILABLE, TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. TRADE-INS WELCOME, ALWAYS OFFER FAIR BOOK VALUE EACH VEHICLE COMES WITH 3-MONTH LIMITED WARRANTY AT LISTED PRICE. DISCLAIMER: Any warranty that is provided by a third party is provided solely by such third party, and not by us or any other of our affiliates. LOCATION:- This vehicle is available at 25280 PLEASANT VALLEY RD.UNIT 174 CHANTILLY, VA 20152 For Quick info pl call 571-349-3100 For Text messages 571-276-0137
Ford Explorer 2006 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
238,252 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLT
(2)
A-1 Auto Sales
38.6 mi away
List$1,995
Est.Loan: $41/mo
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$55 Below Market
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Ford Explorer 2006 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
127,083 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
List$4,584
Est.Loan: $94/mo
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Ford Explorer 2006 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
113,757 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Limited
List$8,244
Est.Loan: $169/mo
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$227 Below Market
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Clean CARFAX. Maryland State Inspected and Ready To Go!!!, Sunroof, Heated Seats, Extra Clean, Third Row Seat, Runs and Drives Great, 4.6L V8 24V, 4WD.Odometer is 23754 miles below market average!2006 Ford Explorer Limited Limited 4WD 4.6L V8 24V
Ford Explorer 2006 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
162,457 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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$165 Below Market
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2006 FORD EXPLORER 4X4 with powerful 4.0L SOHC V6 engine and driven only 162457 miles! Fully loaded and much more! CARFAX CERTIFIED**FINANCING AVAILABLE** Contact our Sales at 540-899-3300
Ford Explorer 2006 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
121,687 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
Pasadena Pre-Owned
51.4 mi away
List$8,731
Est.Loan: $179/mo
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4x4!! This Explorer will get you through any weather condition! 3rd ro seating and rear A/C are a GREAT feature to have for extra passengers.. perfect for the family! Mileage is GREAT for this year and the interior is VERY CLEAN! Roof rack, and side rails are always an added bonus..not to mention the trailer hitch is always handy to have! At this price you wont find a better SUV than this one right here. COME TAKE IT FOR A TEST DRIVE! The Ford Explorer meets ANY drivers needs! Come in or Call Today!!..410-360-0400 www.pasadenapreowned.com
Ford Explorer 2006 XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
0
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLS
List$3,996
Est.Loan: $82/mo
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$110 Below Market
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*** 1 OWNER*** WARRANTY......PRICE BELOW KBB VALUE.....ASK FOR MILITARY SPECIAL.....WE BUY CARS....BRING IN YOUR CAR FOR AN APPRAISAL....ALL POWER.........GOLD exterior and TAN interior .Features include.........CD player ..power sunroof..power window power doorlock keyless entry alarm A/C Heat ready to go price includes 6 month/6000 mile warranty please give us a call at 703-629-9371 or or 540-582-8151 TAX ID PROGRAM AVAILABLE.......GUARANTEED  credit approval **** 6 month/6000 mile warranty on all vehicles.. ....   .prices may change with out notice price exlcudes $299 processing fee we don't have freight or destination charges or any other hidden fees. due to human error some prices and features may not be correct prices may change with out notice prices may change at any time with out notice . We will buy your car even if you don't buy ours! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL VEHICLES COME WITH WARRANTY !!!!! ask sales associate for details.....ALL VEHICLES COME WITH WARRANTY..... DON'T PAY RETAIL PRICE FOR A CAR PAY OUTLET PRICE AT ELLAS AUTO OUTLET....... with our new off site mechanical facility we are providing our customers with better cars at lower prices because we service our own vehicles and we cut the middle man IF WE SAVE MONEY YOU SAVE MONEY so don't waste time and come take a look at the vehicle of your choice we have over 250 cars in stock at all times for you to choose from. Hope to see you soon have a SAFE DRIVE.....and please BUCKLE UP.. HOURS....MONDAY - SATURDAY 10-7. DIRECTIONS RICHMOND or surrounding area take I95 North to Exit #118 make left at stop sign come down to first traffic light make left on Jefferson Davis Hwy come down 1/4 mile you will see Ellas Auto Outlet Inc on the left. WASHINGTONMARYLANDOR NORHTERN VA take I95 South to Exit #118 make right at stop sign come down to first traffice light make left on Jefferson Davis Hwy come down 1/4 mile you will see Ellas Auto Outlet Inc on the left. .price exlcudes $299 processing fee we don't have freight or distination charges or any other hidden fees. due to human error some prices and features may not be correct prices may change without notice. We will buy your car even if you don't buy ours! .prices may change with out notice price exlcudes $299 processing fee we do not accept personal check. we don't have freight or distination charges or any other hidden fees. due to human error some prices and features may not be correct prices may change with out notice prices may change at any time with out notice . financing down payment interest rate and monthly payments depend on your credit....We will buy your car even if you don't buy ours! we are the only dealer with most cars under $5000 For More Great Prices Check Us Out At www.ELLASAUTOOUTLET.com
Ford Explorer 2006 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
94,371 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLT
List$8,900
Est.Loan: $182/mo
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2006 Ford Explorer XLT, Brown, AWD 4WD, 4.0L V6 12V, 5-Speed Automatic, Local Trade, Accident Free AutoCheck History Report, Luggage Rack, Power Locks - Windows and Mirrors, Trailer Hitch, Privacy Glass, Alloy wheels, AMFM radio, CD player, Electronic Stability Control, Front fog lights, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Speed control. Odometer is 30182 miles below market average!We are the #1 rated Lincoln dealer in PA based on customer reviews and an 18-time recipient of Lincoln Motor Company's President's Award.If you are looking for the best value in used car prices, Forrester Lincoln is the place. Family owned and operated since 1965, we are committed to getting you the best deal on a pre-owned vehicle. We do extensive market research to determine what similar vehicles are selling for and price our vehicles to be the best value. This enables us to provide the most competitive prices on our entire inventory. We survey thousands of used car websites to maintain our competitive edge. www.ForresterLincoln.com.
Ford Explorer 2006 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
123,859 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Limited
Richmond Ford West
95.9 mi away
List$9,500
Est.Loan: $194/mo
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Ford Explorer 2006 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
98,508 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLT
Diehl's Ford Sales
98.3 mi away
List$7,323
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Ford Explorer 2006 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
92,050 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLT
Malloy Ford
38.4 mi away
ListNot Listed
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Ford Explorer 2006 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
0
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Limited
Hagerstown Honda
40.1 mi away
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Ford Explorer 2006 XLS 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
160,436 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLS
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Ford Explorer 2006 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
0
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Limited
Discount Motors
51.4 mi away
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Ford Explorer 2006 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
133,338 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLT
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Ford Explorer 2006 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
164,533 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
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Ford Explorer 2006 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
131,967 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
(2)
Bob Wade Subaru
87.4 mi away
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Ford Explorer 2006 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
76,414 miles
Used 2006
Ford Explorer
XLT
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2006 Ford Explorer has a functional interior, ample passenger space, strong powertrains and a well-controlled ride, all of which contribute to its well-deserved reputation as a practical midsize SUV with few faults.

vehicle overview

The Ford Explorer debuted in 1990 as a 1991 model, and achieved instant success in a market that it ultimately defined, if not created. Based on the Ford Ranger pickup, the original Explorer had the winning combination of size, style and utility that people wanted in an SUV. It came as the volume-selling four-door or a less popular two-door, and replaced the Bronco II in Ford's lineup.

Initially, just XLS and XLT trim levels were available. In 1992, an Eddie Bauer edition joined the lineup, and a Limited model followed shortly thereafter. The Explorer's first major revision occurred in 1995, when it received a new independent front suspension, revised styling and a new interior. This iteration soldiered on through 2001 with few changes, but by then accusations that the Ford Explorer suffered a high incidence of tire failures and subsequent rollover accidents had tarnished the nameplate.

Ford blamed tire supplier Firestone for equipping the Explorer with flawed Wilderness A/T tires, and initiated a massive recall to replace the original equipment rubber. Firestone blamed the Explorer's design and Ford's recommendation that the tires be inflated to a relatively low 26 psi. Neither company publicly pointed fingers at consumers' indifference to the dangers of overloading vehicles, expecting a truck to handle like a car, failing to monitor tire pressures or dismissing the importance of seatbelts as possible contributors to blowout-related deaths.

For 2002, just as the Explorer rollover debacle was winding down, Ford launched the completely redesigned Explorer. A substantial improvement over the original, the new truck had a wider track, longer wheelbase, a fully independent suspension and seating for up to seven adults. It should have been a runaway success, but the Ford-Firestone media fight kept buyers away from showrooms and forced Ford to offer cash rebates and low-interest financing to keep sales afloat. Sales eventually recovered, allowing the Explorer to continue its reign as the best-selling SUV in the U.S.

The 2006 Ford Explorer gets revisions that keep it ahead of the pack. Although it doesn't qualify as a full redesign, the new Explorer is quieter, more powerful, better-handling, better-equipped and several rungs higher on the safety ladder than the 2005 model. Highlights include a new three-valve 4.6-liter V8 borrowed from the Mustang, extra sound insulation that significantly reduces cabin noise levels and a stiffened frame that provides an even more compliant highway ride than before. Safety-conscious buyers should take note that not only are front-seat side airbags and conventional stability control standard across the line, but so is the Volvo-engineered Roll Stability Control system, which provides additional protection against rollover accidents. This fully modern vehicle merits consideration by anyone looking for a spacious yet agile SUV that can transport a family of five in comfort and haul serious amounts of cargo.

Trim levels & features

The four-door, midsize 2006 Ford Explorer is available in XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited trims. The XLS comes with air conditioning, cruise control, an MP3-compatible CD player, keyless entry, and power windows, mirrors and locks. XLT models get a six-way power driver seat, 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and rear ventilation ducts. Eddie Bauer models offer two-tone paint, 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, running boards, leather upholstery, heated seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat with memory, faux wood trim and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top-line Limited comes with monochromatic paint, chrome wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power front-passenger seat, heated mirrors and an upgraded audio system with an in-dash CD changer and steering wheel controls. Major options include a third-row seat, a navigation system, a rear air conditioner, a DVD entertainment system, a sunroof, 18-inch wheels and second-row bucket seats.

2006 Highlights

Ford treats the Explorer to a number of significant improvements for 2006. Styling has been updated with a bolder grille treatment, a new tailgate and more attractive taillights. Interior furnishings get an upgrade, too, and additional sound insulation results in a supremely quiet cabin, while a stiffened frame and new shocks provide even better ride and handling characteristics than before. Ford tweaked the 4.0-liter V6 to cut smog-forming emissions by 74 percent and a new three-valve 4.6-liter V8 replaces last year's two-valve version. A six-speed automatic transmission is also new, and comes standard with the V8 engine. Trim levels are simplified, and front-seat side airbags, AdvanceTrac stability control and Roll Stability Control are now standard on all Explorers.

Performance & mpg

The base engine is a 4.0-liter V6 good for 210 horsepower. Optional on all models except the XLS is a 4.6-liter V8 engine with 292 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and both two- and four-wheel drive are available with either engine. Properly equipped, a V8 2WD Explorer can tow 7,300 pounds.

Safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard, as are front-seat side airbags, AdvanceTrac stability control system and Roll Stability Control, which uses a gyro sensor to calculate the SUV's roll speed and angle. If the system determines that a rollover is imminent, AdvanceTrac takes corrective action to help avoid it. Any Explorer can be outfitted with the Safety Canopy system that includes first- and second-row side curtain airbags and a rollover sensor that keeps the airbags inflated longer in the event your Explorer does roll over. A reverse-sensing system can be added to all models except the XLS. The NHTSA has not crash tested the 2006 Ford Explorer, but last year's model fared well, earning four to five stars in all frontal- and side-impact tests, as well as a top rating of "Good" in IIHS frontal-offset testing.

Driving

Any 2006 Ford Explorer model is a joy to drive, as SUVs go. Taking much of the credit for this praise is the rear independent suspension, which provides a smooth ride and keeps the wheels planted on rough pavement. Steering is surprisingly responsive and the brakes inspire confidence through a firm and progressive pedal. Power from either the V6 or V8 engine is acceptable, though we prefer the added refinement of the V8.

Interior

This year Ford has upgraded the Explorer's ergonomically sound but bland cabin with more attractive materials, a sharp set of gauges, and a shapely steering wheel and gear selector, along with additional insulation to reduce cabin noise levels. It's feasible to carry two adults in the third-row seats, but choosing the third-row option also reduces available cargo space. Seven-passenger Explorers max out at 81.3 cubic feet of cargo space, while five-passenger versions offer a more competitive 88 cubic feet.


Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2006 radiator/trans issues
jrob120,03/24/2012
I'm reluctant to write this review but after the heartache and expensive repairs...I'm compelled to share. I've been a proud fan of the Ford brand for years...and have even sold Ford/Lincoln/Mercury's for two years. With that confidence I purchased a 2006 4x4 Eddie Explorer. Since then I've replaced the radiator twice and now the trans is slipping in drive and reverse. The radiator continues to leak and now the trans drips slowly. There's no place to add trans fluid...must be done at an OEM shop. I can't continue to drive this vehicle. I have a teen driver and will not let her drive this truck for the sincere concern over her safety. Ford do the right thing and recall. Thanks!
4 radiators
cobra10181,11/30/2011
OK, I feel your pain. The problem with the 06-07 V6 Eddie Bauer edition is the lower brackets that the radiator sits in. They are 1/4 "to far forward, this puts the radiator in a bind. After thermal expansion and contraction the the welds in the core give up. This causes a ever so slight leak in the core. Hard to find at first , but eventually becomes much larger. You lose enough coolant to cause a over heating problem which is hard to detect because the coolant level is dropping ever so slightly. The temperature of the engine is rising at the same rate, along with the transmission, remember the trans is cooled through the same radiator. hot motor, hot trans lube breaks down.
Radiator/transmission repeated problems.
Brenda B.,12/30/2015
My complaint is to Ford! Why after three (3) radiators being replaced in my 2006 EB Ford Explorer, they never told me they were having trouble with the replacement radiator company! So they kept putting the SAME brand radiator in and charging me labor each time. And AGAIN today, I am facing the same experience! I have been a loyal customer to them....this is the "thank"!
Common long term problems related to poor design
Bobby,04/12/2016
I've experience the following problems in owning this vehicle during the last 7 years; - Paint peeling off of the roof - Leaky cowl seal which leaks rain water into spar plug holes which shorts out the coils, fowls the spark plugs, causing the engine to run rich, overheating the exhaust, warping the exhaust manifolds, breaking the exhaust manifold studs and frying out the catalytic converters. To top it off, the spark plugs get stuck in the head and break off when changing them. - Cracked plastic radiator tank - Transmission leaks when parked on a hill and the fluid level can't be checked or topped off from the engine compartment. - Oxidizing plastic door panels - Bad moon roof switch caused moon roof to open at random and unable to close. - CD's stuck in the changer - Broken e-brake handle - Broken lumbar adjuster
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Features & Specs

MPG
13 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
13 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
14 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
13 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automatic
Gas
292 hp @ 5750 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2006 Ford Explorer
More About This Model

Let's get sexist. Let's get politically insurrect and start drilling beneath the surface of the 2006 Ford Explorer. Although it doesn't qualify as an all-new model -- there's still enough 2005 Explorer in the mix to prevent that distinction -- the 2006 Explorer has had a heck of a lot more work done on it than just a face-lift (that's not the sexist part -- the sexist part's still coming).

The new Explorer is quieter, more powerful, better-looking, better equipped, several rungs higher on the safety ladder, and a sweeter value than its predecessor -- (now comes the sexist part) and it's all because of a woman. That's right, Ford placed the fate of its best-selling midsize symbol of masculine needs and breeding -- the Explorer sport-utility vehicle -- in the hands of Judy Curran, chief engineer.

Judy's a quiet engineering filly, but man, does she ever know how to build an Explorer -- especially one for families.

Here are the Explorer basics for 2006:


It's slightly bigger and heavier than the 2005 model

Four trim levels: XLS and XLT models (for basic and one-step-up buyers), and Eddie Bauer and Limited editions (for the upper-crust crowd)

Two-row seating (for five occupants), or three rows (for six or seven)

V6 or V8 power

Rear-drive or all-wheel drive

Wheel choices ranging from 16-inch steel to 17-inch aluminum to 18-inch chromed

The Feminine Side: A Nice, Quiet Interior
No SUV ever lost points for being quiet enough to allow a conversation to take place between the first- and second-row passengers. Most SUVs, in fact, are echo chambers that bounce road noise, wind noise and engine noise around. Judy Curran didn't like that about SUVs, so her team loaded the Explorer with sound-insulation materials. Now the Explorer driver can even communicate with the kids in the optional third row without having to scream. Ford claims to lead the class in front-seat quietude, and we heard nothing to cause us to doubt it.

And in the absence of brain-rattling noise, you'll also notice that the Explorer's interior has been shaped up nicely, too. We drove the high-end offerings lined with leather (XLS and XLT models start with cloth seats) and packing V8 engines and all-wheel drive. The leather looked good -- felt good, too -- especially when accented by the Preferred Suede inserts. Not especially deep, the front bucket seats do provide good support for long-distance travel.

The driver benefits from a large speedo and tachometer, ringed in "chrome" on the upscale models. Headroom abounds in the first two rows, and second-row legroom is surprisingly generous, even in the three-row configurations.

So how much room do you need for your stuff? In two-row Explorers, there's 45.1 cubic feet of stowage space with the rear seats up, and 85.8 cubic feet in seats-down mode. That's generous for this class. Three-row Explorers present 13.6, 43.9 and 83.7 cubic feet as you move through the seats-down variations.

The Masculine Side: Horsepower
The Grrrrr factor for the 2006 Explorer comes in V6 and V8 forms. The 4.0-liter single-overhead-cam six, paired to last year's five-speed automatic transmission, put out 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque along with ultralow emissions (as good as Ford's Escape hybrid).

Bigger news, however, comes from the 292-hp V8. New to the Explorer this year, the optional 4.6-liter single-cam shares both spirit and three-valve-per-cylinder heads with the Mustang GT. The engine's 300 lb-ft of torque at 3,950 rpm, mated to a new six-speed automatic, raises the V8 Explorer's tow limit to 7,300 pounds. As a bonus, the six-speed also improves the fuel economy. The V8 lifts the Explorer off the line with decent escape velocity, but the midrange passing power was noticeably less Mustang-like -- this truck's torque is used for towing.

On four-wheel-drive models, the Control Trac system carries over, allowing the driver to select three modes: 4x4 Auto (essentially rear-wheel drive until rear-wheel slip is detected, then power is apportioned to the fronts), 4x4 High (which locks the center differential and splits the torque 50/50 front/rear), and 4x4 Low (for slow, rough off-road slogging through sand or what-have-you).

The Feminine Side: A Nice, Compliant Ride
The frame side of the Explorer's body-on-frame setup got a significant makeover. "Tube-through-tube" construction, adapted from the F-Series trucks, adds significant stiffness to the frame for better stability as well as less twisting, which means less "wringing out" of the body which creates squeaks. A new monotube shock design front and rear, and revised independent rear suspension settled the Explorer ride beautifully on-road and off.

The Masculine Side: Handling
And on those rare occasions when your Explorer does make an off-road appearance, you macho man from Mars, you'll appreciate how the Venusian comfort changes to the suspension also help you maintain control of the vehicle. And if you do run out of talent, the standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control will kick in (but not so early that you can't have a little fun playing in the dirt).

The standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes have been beefed up for 2006 to match the SUV's improved towing and payload capacity.

The Feminine Side: Safety
If you're shopping for a midsize SUV and you've placed safety at or near the top of your list, your list should include the 2006 Explorer. Ford has fortified the '06 Explorer to earn a galaxy of stars on federal front- and side-impact crash test ratings. In addition to the previous Explorer's front-impact and side curtain head-protection airbags, the 2006 model includes front-seat side-impact airbags. The '06 also employs a number of sensors designed to assess things like front-occupant size, seating position and crash severity, then deploy the vehicle's safety features to the greatest benefit.

Everybody Likes Value: The Sexist Conclusion
So how'd the skirt do? Well, she made the Explorer quieter. And safer. And nicer to live with. And better-looking. And better-riding. And better-handling. And more powerful than ever. In short, Judy Curran's Explorer priorities mirror what America keeps searching for in a family SUV.

Now here's the kicker: The 2006 Ford Explorer is less expensive than the 2005. Starting at $27,175 for a base XLS and moving up through the Limited (which starts at $33,160), you save an average of $1,750 over last year. Here's to a woman's touch.

Used 2006 Ford Explorer Overview

The Used 2006 Ford Explorer is offered in the following submodels: Explorer SUV. Available styles include Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A), XLS 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and XLT 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A).

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Save up to $227 on one of 10 Used 2006 Ford Explorer for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $1,995 as of10/15/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from2.5 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2006 Ford Explorer trim styles:

  • The Used 2006 Ford Explorer XLT is priced between $1,995 and$8,900 with odometer readings between 94371 and238252 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer is priced between $4,584 and$8,731 with odometer readings between 121687 and162457 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Ford Explorer Limited is priced between $8,244 and$9,500 with odometer readings between 113757 and123859 miles.

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Find a used certified pre-owned Ford Explorer for sale - 9 great deals out of 16 listings starting at $16,946.

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Should I lease or buy a 2006 Ford Explorer?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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