2006 Ford Explorer Limited Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Ford Explorer - Road Test Specs

2006 Ford Explorer SUV

(4.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2006
Base MSRP$36,585
As-tested MSRP$45,135


Drive type4WD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)292@5750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)300@4750
Transmission type6-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent short/long-arm w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent trailing blade short/long-arm w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typeRack-and-pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelCross Terrain
Tire size, front235/65R18 all-season
Tire size, rear235/65R18 all-season
Brakes, frontVentilated front disc/solid rear disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)8.9
0-75 mph (sec.)13.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.57@84.29
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32.31
60-0 mph (ft.)130.89
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)53.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)Not Tested
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.8
@ Full throttle (dB)70.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe six-speed automatic shifts at 6,000 rpm. Redline is at 6,250 rpm, and the rev limiter kicks in immediately. The engine sounds and feels weak at higher rpm.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsPedal feedback is excellent with a nice, progressive feel. ABS noise and vibration levels are average for this class of vehicle. Overall, the Explorer feels very confident and controlled under maximum braking load.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsAlthough the Explorer generally handles well for a truck-based SUV, there's no question that there's quite a bit of weight (4,700 lbs) to transition through the cones, which held down our average speed.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not Tested
Temperature (°F)Not Tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not Tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 City 20 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,706
Length (in.)193.5
Width (in.)73.5
Height (in.)72.8
Wheelbase (in.)113.7
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)36.9
Headroom, front (in.)39.8
Headroom, rear (in.)38.7
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)43.9 cubic feet
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)83.7 cubic feet


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverGood
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side rearExcellent
NHTSA rollover resistanceAverage

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