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CARFAX 1-Owner and Local Trade-In. Explorer XLT, 4D Sport Utility, 3.5L 6-Cylinder SMPI DOHC, AWD, 3rd row seats: split-bench, ABS brakes, Alloy wheels, Electronic Stability Control, Four wheel independent suspension, Front Bucket Seats, Navigation System, Rear air conditioning, Rear Parking Sensors, and Split folding rear seat. Come take a look at the deal we have on this handsome 2014 Ford Explorer. Consumer Guide 2014 credits Explorer with a broad range of safety features and impressively quiet cabin. It is nicely equipped with features such as 3.5L 6-Cylinder SMPI DOHC, 3rd row seats: split-bench, 4D Sport Utility, ABS brakes, Alloy wheels, AWD, CARFAX 1-Owner, Electronic Stability Control, Explorer XLT, Four wheel independent suspension, Front Bucket Seats, Local Trade-In, Navigation System, Rear air conditioning, Rear Parking Sensors, and Split folding rear seat. This superb Ford is one of the most sought after used vehicles on the market because it NEVER lets owners down. Audi Flatirons now open at 13321 West Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO. 80020.

Excellent Condition, CARFAX 1-Owner, ONLY 8,778 Miles! FUEL EFFICIENT 24 MPG Hwy/17 MPG City! Third Row Seat, Back-Up Camera, iPod/MP3 Input, Onboard Communications System, CD Player, ENGINE: 2.3L I-4 ECOBOOST, Rear Air AND MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Third Row Seat, Rear Air, Back-Up Camera, iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player, Onboard Communications System, Aluminum Wheels. Rear Spoiler, MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Privacy Glass, Steering Wheel Controls. OPTION PACKAGES: ENGINE: 2.3L I-4 ECOBOOST Tires: P245/60R18 AS BSW Low-Rolling Resistance, SIRIUSXM SATELLITE RADIO Note: a, Service is not available in Alaska and Hawaii, Subscriptions to all SiriusXM services are sold by SiriusXM after trial period, If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates, Fees and taxes apply, To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349, See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com, All fees and programming subject to change, Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. Non-Smoker vehicle. VEHICLE REVIEWS: When it comes to horsepower Great Gas Mileage: 24 MPG Hwy. WHO WE ARE: Thank you for visiting World Car Nissan / Hyundai. We have served San Antonio, South Texas and the Hill Country. Every new vehicle comes with a Lifetime Limited Power Train Warranty, and Lifetime Roadside Assistance, at no additional charge. These additional warranties demonstrate our commitment to each World Car customer; we will stand behind the products we sell. Let us help you select your next vehicle. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with free vehicle history and safety recall reports (certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls-check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall), plus a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in MA, NJ, and NY). Price excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store.

This vehicle passed a rigorous 109-point inspection by an ASE-Certified technician and is backed by a Limited Powertrain Warranty for 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first (1). We offer a free CARFAX (R) Vehicle History Report (TM) and a 7-Day Repurchase Agreement (2) to give you peace of mind that you are buying a quality used vehicle. Call us for further details or stop by today for a test drive! 1-888-227-7253. (1) Limited vehicle warranty begins on vehicle purchase date and extends for 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Restrictions apply. (2) For a period of seven days beyond the date of delivery or 1,000 miles beyond the odometer reading at delivery, whichever comes first, the vehicle may be returned to Enterprise for repurchase at the exact price originally paid minus a $200 documentation and cleaning fee (as allowed by law). Restrictions apply.Price does not include processing, administrative, closing, dealer and handling, or similar fees of $199 or less. Price does not include tax, title, tags, governmental fees, electronic filing charge, any emissions testing and/or state inspection fees, and any finance charges (if applicable).Vehicles subject to prior sale. We make every effort to provide accurate information including but not limited to price, miles and vehicle options, but please verify with your local Enterprise Car Sales location before purchasing. Current mileage may vary due to test drives and vehicle relocation. Used vehicles were previously part of Enterprise short term rental, lease fleet or purchased by Enterprise from other sources including auto auctions, with previous use possibly short term rental, lease or other.

*3.5L GAS, LIMITED PACKAGE, AUTOMATIC, 4WD, 1 LOCAL OWNER!*LIGHT GRAY LEATHER SEATS, DUAL POWER HEATED AND A/C SEATS, BUCKET SEATS, 2ND ROW BENCH SEATS, 3RD ROW POWER FOLDING AND STOWING SEATS, REVERSE CAMERA, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, SONY SOUND SYSTEM, POWER ASSIST GATE, SELEC-TERRAIN SYSTEM, 3.55 GEAR RATIO WITH ELECTRONIC LOCKING AXLE, TOWING PACKAGE WITH RECEIVER HITCH, TRANSMISSION COOLER, AND WIRING,NEW 255/50R20 NEXEN NFERA RU5 TIRES, FACTORY ALLOY RIMS!KEYLESS ENTRY, DRIVER SIDE DOOR CODE ENTRY, FACTORY REMOTE START, POWER FOLDING MIRRORS WITH BUILT IN DIRECTIONAL SIGNALS, CENTER CONSOLE SHIFTER, SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO READY, CD PLAYER, AUX JACK, USB JACK, MICROSOFT SYNC, SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS, POWER PEDALS, MULTI-FUNCTIONAL AND HEATED STEERING WHEEL, REVERSE SENSORS, FACTORY ALL WEATHER FLOOR MATS, WOOD GRAIN DASH AND DOOR TRIM, HOMELINK SYSTEM WITH THREE PROGRAMMABLE LIGHTING, SECURITY, GARAGE BUTTONS, L.A.T.C.H. CHILD SAFETY SYSTEM, DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL, REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER, FOG LIGHTS, ROOF RACK, COMPASS AND OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE DISPLAY, AIR, CRUISE CONTROL, TILT, POWER LOCKS, POWER WINDOWS, CLEAN AUTO CHECK! FACTORY POWERTRAIN WARRANTY UNTIL 60,000 MILES! MAKE YOUR MOVE ON THIS NICE 4WD TODAY!Call 1-888-LENZ-TRUCK TODAY! VIEW OUR COMPLETE INVENTORY OF AROUND 600 VEHICLES AT www.LENZAUTO.com.***If you live far away or close to us we make it our promise to make sure you are a happy customer before, during, and after the sale! If you have a trade in you can use our Trade/Sell Your Truck button on our website to get a guaranteed offer instantly online! If you are looking for financing Lenz Truck Center can help! We have on the spot financing! Bad Credit or Good we will work with our 17 banks to get you approved and for a great rate! Our selection is unmatched in the industry with more high quality used trucks than anyone in the world. Our one, and only, dealership is conveniently located three blocks east of Highway 41 using the Military Road Exit #98 here in Fond du Lac, WI. All of our vehicles are Lenz Certified by passing a rigorous 125 point inspection by our certified technicians. Each vehicle is prepped cosmetically and mechanically and ready to be delivered! We can ship your truck anywhere in the United States using our in-house shipping department. Lenz Truck Center has been in business and family owned for over 30 years. Contact us to find out why Lenz Truck Center is selling a lot of trucks in a very different way. EXPECT TO BE IMPRESSED! DISCLAIMER: Dealer Shall in no way be held liable for any errors or omissions to be found on these web pages. All prices are plus any applicable state taxes and service fees. We will do our best to keep all information current and accurate, however the dealership should be contacted for final pricing and availability.

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Base trim. FUEL EFFICIENT 24 MPG Hwy/17 MPG City! Third Row Seat, CD Player, iPod/MP3 Input, Rear Air, Non-Smoker vehicle. READ MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Third Row Seat, Rear Air, iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player Rear Spoiler, MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Privacy Glass, Steering Wheel Controls. Ford Base with Oxford White exterior and MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, CLOTH FRONT BUCKET SEATS interior features a V6 Cylinder Engine with 290 HP at 6500 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle. EXPERTS REPORT: CarAndDriver.com explains The Explorer is no longer an old-school SUV, having switched to a slightly lighter unibody platform during its 2011 redesign.. Great Gas Mileage: 24 MPG Hwy. BUY FROM AN AWARD WINNING DEALER: Since opening in 1995, Greg May Honda has maintained our solid commitment to our customers, offering a wide selection of Honda's and ease of purchase. We created our website to act as an online, virtual dealership for the sole purpose of helping you find what you're looking for quickly and painlessly. We are your one-stop shop for everything Honda in Central Texas. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.



New Price! LOCAL TRADE IN, EXCELLENT VALUE, CLEAN AUTOCHECK REPORT, CLEAN TITLE, NO ACCIDENT HISTORY.Move quickly! Don't wait another minute! How would you like riding home in the vehicle you really want, at a price you can afford, from people that are going to take great care of you after the sale! This terrific Ford Explorer would look so much better waiting for you in your driveway instead of sitting here idly on our lot. As usual, it's ready...Come and get it!Lupient Kia is the highest rated Kia dealer in the state of Minnesota according to Google with over 600 reviews. That is because we take customer service seriously and our job is not done when you leave. We want you to rely on us to be your dealer for a new Kia, a Certified Pre-owned Kia, a $2000 used car, a $50,000 SUV, a collision repair, a brake job, new tires, an engine replacement, a spring vehicle detail and everything else related to your transportation needs. We are honored and excited that you are considering Lupient Kia of Brooklyn Park, your family owned and operated Kia dealer since 1993. You deserve the best and we are committed to providing you with industry leading customer service during every interaction with our dealership. Our measure of a job well done is a mention of Lupient Kia to a friend, co-worker or family member. Thank you for your continued referrals and online reviews. Modern amenities include: loaner cars, free Wi-fi, coffee and snacks in our waiting areas, indoor and outdoor seating, universal mobile charging stations, newly updated customer lounges, competitive finance options and a Lifetime Powertrain warranty on every new car. Thank you from Lupient Kia of Brooklyn Park. Legacy, Integrity, Service.


CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with free vehicle history and safety recall reports (certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls-check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall), plus a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in MA, NJ, and NY). Price excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store.


Yes, I am as good as I look! Your lucky day!!! CARFAX 1 owner and buyback guarantee* Safety equipment includes: ABS, Traction control, Passenger Airbag, Curtain airbags, Front fog/driving lights...Other features include: Bluetooth, Power door locks, Power windows, Auto, Rear air conditioning... Largo Honda Home Delivery for Less!

Luxury Seating Package, Explorer Limited, 4D Sport Utility, 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT, 6-Speed Automatic with Select-Shift, FWD, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Pecan w/Perforated Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats, 12 Speakers, 20 Painted Aluminum Wheels, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, AM/FM radio: SIRIUS, Dual-Panel Moonroof, Memory seat, Order Code 301A, Pedal memory, Power driver seat, Power Liftgate, Power passenger seat, Premium audio system: Sony, Radio: Premium Audio System by Sony, Remote keyless entry, Security system, Speed-Sensitive Wipers, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, and Voice-Activated Navigation System. * FREE Carwash For Life... If you want an amazing deal on an amazing SUV that will not break your pocket book, then take a look at this gas-saving 2011 Ford Explorer. This outstanding Ford is one of the most sought after used vehicles on the market because it NEVER lets owners down. Motor Trend credits Explorer's overall sense of refinement, a quieter interior and a more composed and confident ride. New Car Test Drive said it ...pretty much blows its competition out of the water, with first-in-class EPA fuel mileage of 17 city/25 highway miles per gallon, first-in-class horsepower (tied with Jeep Grand Cherokee), first in cargo capacity and second-row legroom... A DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE COMES FROM SEVERAL INFORMATION SOURCES. THE EQUIPMENT COULD HAVE BEEN ALTERED BY PREVIOUS OWNERS OR DELETED WHEN ORDERED FROM FACTORY STD EQUIPMENT. WE DO OUR BEST TO GET ACCURATE INFORMATION. WE ASK THAT YOU INSPECT THE VEHICLE THOROUGHLY AT TIME OF DEMONSTRATION.


AWD / 4x4 - Tuxedo Black Metallic on Stone Gray interior with Bluetooth, Spacious 3RD Row Seating, and so much more. Well equipped, 1-Owner clean Carfax, and meticulously clean inside and out. Beautiful 2015 Ford Explorer 4WD with only 52k miles, very well taken care of and it shows... AutoMax Pre-owned is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ Rating. We offer factory direct cars at factory direct prices! We offer bumper to bumper extended warranties on all of our vehicles for up to 5 years or 100,000 miles. We also accept all trades and offer competitive financing options with very low rates. We are conveniently located just 20 minutes from Boston and 20 minutes from Worcester right on RT 9 in Framingham, RT 85 in Marlborough, RT 12 in Leominster, and on Washington Street in Attleboro MA.

Now here's a suburban family hauler that has a leg up on the competition....This 2005 Ford Explorer XLT in Silver is Roomy and Comfortable. Our Explorer XLT is equipped with a big 4.0 Liter V6 and all the comfort and convenience features you need. So this Automatic 4x4 is ready to hit the road with you, your family/friends/crew, and everyone's gear, while minimizing the bickering from the kids! Woo hoo! Our XLT trim rides smoothly, handles well, and the interior packaging is so close to perfect, it's scary! It's a Great SUV for long trips as well as trafficking through the suburban jungle! Five people ride with ease with so many amenities and safety features that everyone will be smiling. Power outlet, power driver seat, cruise control, and privacy glass. When it comes to safety Ford has you covered just check out all the features. This is one the simply must be checked out! Print this page and call us Now... We Know You Will Enjoy Your Test Drive Towards Ownership!



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Used Ford Explorer History

1991-1994

Though not the first compact four-door sport-utility vehicle (Jeep's Cherokee and Isuzu's Trooper had been introduced around 1984) Ford's Explorer would prove to be one of the most popular vehicles in this relatively new market segment. Debuting as an early 1991 model, the Explorer could be had as either a two-door or four-door, both as either two- or four-wheel drive. Unlike some competitors, the two-door was built on a shorter (102.1-inch) wheelbase than the four-door, which had a 111.9-inch wheelbase. The logic behind this was that those who wanted a sportier, more maneuverable vehicle would go with the two-door whereas those who needed more passenger room would opt for the quattroporte. Curb weights ranged from around 3,700 pounds for a 2WD two-door to about 4,000 pounds for a 4WD four-door.

Explorers were basically available in three trim levels. The two-door models went from base XL, to Sport, to Eddie Bauer and four-door versions moved from base XL, to XLT and then to Eddie Bauer. The Sport added features such as blacked-out exterior accents, aluminum wheels and a few interior refinements like illuminated visor mirrors. An XLT threw in power windows/locks/mirrors, cruise control and tilt wheel. The Eddie Bauer Explorers were the most stylish rigs with two-tone paint schemes (such as the popular dark green and beige combination), alloy wheels and plush interiors.

With rugged body-on-frame construction, a 4.0-liter, 155-horsepower V6 engine hooked up to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox powered all Explorers. Two four-wheel-drive systems were offered: an effortless "Touch-Drive" version with buttons on the dash and nothing cluttering the floor that allowed one to "shift on the fly," and for traditional 4WD buffs, a manual system with the lever on the floor and the manually locked front hubs. An antilock braking system for the rear brakes was standard as full ABS was not yet available.

For those who actually used these vehicles for some of their intended purposes, 4WD Explorers came with a Low range for serious off-road duty. And towing capacity was rated at up to 5,600 pounds, depending on the model and choice of equipment.

With many attributes such as available luxury car-like amenities (leather seating, a JBL audio system with CD player, etc.) combined with a high driving position, up to 81 cubic feet of cargo capacity (in the four-door) and truck toughness, the Explorer was an immediate success. In fact, for 1991 it placed third in truck sales, not bad for its first year.

The Mazda Navajo was also introduced as a 1991. Available only as a 4WD, two-door vehicle, the Navajo was essentially a rebadged Explorer and shared almost everything with its Ford twin. To set the two apart, the Navajo had a different grille, taillights and wheels. Inside it was even harder to tell one from the other, as seat fabrics and the steering wheel hub were the only apparent differences.

Two trim levels for the Navajo were offered, base and LX. The base version wasn't exactly stripped, as power windows/locks/mirrors were standard. The LX added features such as extra interior illumination and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. An optional premium package loaded up this sport-ute with luxuries including A/C, stereo with cassette deck, cruise control, sport seats with power lumbar adjustment and a pop-up/removable moonroof.

Explorer pricing ranged from $16,375 for a base 2WD two-door to $21,701 for an Eddie Bauer 4WD four-door. Mazda's pricing for the Navajo fell in line with comparably equipped Explorer two-doors.

Minor changes occurred for 1992 to Ford's red-hot contender in the SUV market.

A numerically lower, 3.27:1 rear axle ratio replaced the former 3.55:1 unit to improve gas mileage and reduce engine rpm at highway speeds. Performance of the air-conditioning system was also improved and different alloy wheels debuted for XLT and Eddie Bauer models. Luxury and convenience were both enhanced by the fitment of six-way power adjustment for the optional sport seats (standard in EB), dual front cupholders in the center console and a one-touch down feature for the driver's power window.

A 2WD Navajo was available for 1992, geared toward those folks who liked the cargo capacity, high seating position and sporty image of an SUV but didn't need the 4WD. Base models were now called DX, more in keeping with the Japanese manufacturer's way of referring to their base versions (such as Mazda's own 626 DX). Otherwise, Mazda's "Explorer" had so little changed that most of the photography used in the 1991 brochure was used for the 1992 brochure.

A major safety improvement, four-wheel antilock brakes, bowed for the 1993 Explorer. The stress-reducing binders were made standard on all Explorers. The 4.0-liter, V6 engine picked up 5 horsepower, for a total of 160 ponies. In keeping with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy, other changes were minimal — a new steering wheel, revised instrument graphics and new wheel designs completed the revisions to America's top-selling midsize SUV.

As expected, the Navajo picked up the same mechanical upgrades as the Explorer; the increased power for the V6 and the antilock brakes. Unlike the Explorer, however, the only other change was an optional CD player.

With a revamped version due for 1995, 1994 saw virtually no changes to the Explorer, save for the addition of a luxurious, leather-lined Limited four-door model. And new five-spoke alloy wheels for the Navajo LX were the lone change for this, the Mazda's last year.

1995-2001

Evolutionary and worthwhile upgrades took place for 1995 as the Explorer continued to ride a huge wave of popularity. The body received a facelift in the form of a new grille and light clusters (both fore and aft), a downward-sloping nose and new bumpers. The rhinoplasty added 4 inches to the Explorer's length, though other dimensions were unchanged.

While the previous Explorer had no airbags, the '95 came with both driver's and passenger's side bags. Other interior upgrades included a new instrument panel and seat trim as well as the addition of rear headrests.

A new "Control Trac" 4WD system allowed full-time use of the 4WD system by automatically sending power to the front wheels when the rears started to slip. Prior to this, the Explorer's 4WD could be used only on slippery surfaces and required the driver to make a decision whether to employ 4WD or not. And a Low selection was still offered for serious four-wheeling. Also the front suspension was revamped, with a more modern independent design replacing the old twin I-beam (2WD) and twin Traction-beam (4WD) architecture of the previous Explorers.

A big improvement underhood arrived for 1996, when Ford made their 5.0-liter V8 available in the Explorer. Boasting 210 horsepower, the V8 gave the Explorer a noticeable boost in performance, as well as an increase in towing capacity from 5,000 to 6,500 pounds. Unfortunately, it could be ordered only on four-door XLTs with 2WD.

Helping out the backs of parents with small children was a newly optional, built-in child seat for four-door Explorers. Finally, the Limited model acquired new alloy wheels.

1997 was a big year for the Explorer, as not only did a host of mechanical improvements take place, but also after a two-year stint as an only child, it once again had a twin, this time in the form of Mercury's Mountaineer.

Functional upgrades were the introduction of a powerful, 4.0-liter V6 sporting an overhead cam (OHC) design and 205 horsepower. And this potent powerplant was hooked up to a new five-speed automatic gearbox. This V6 brought the number of Explorer engines to three; the standard 4.0 V6 with 160 horsepower, the new V6 mentioned above, and the 5.0-liter V8, which could now be had with AWD and on any four-door model. On V8 Explorers, a full-time AWD (all-wheel drive) system was fitted. All-wheel drive differed from Control Trac 4WD in that the AWD system always powered all four wheels equally, whereas the Control Trac system normally sent almost all power to the rear wheels except when slippage was detected, in which case more power went to the front wheels.

Ford's cousin, Mercury, went after a piece of the increasingly popular SUV pie by intro-ducing the Mountaineer. Aimed at the upscale consumer, the Mountaineer was a loaded Explorer four-door (with the V8 and AWD), uniquely garnished with a chromed-out grille and different side moldings and tailgate trim.

Holding fast to its status as America's best-selling SUV (with nearly three million sold up to this point), the Explorer was further refined for 1998. Safety was enhanced by way of second-generation (reduced deployment force) airbags and improved antilock brakes. Helping to keep Explorers with their rightful owners was a new anti-theft "SecuriLock" system (which required an electronically coded key to start the vehicle) that was standard on all models.

Two-door Explorers now came strictly in Sport trim as the XL was dropped, while four-door models continued to be offered in XL, XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited versions.

From the outside, one could tell a '98 Explorer from a previous year by the rear end, which had new taillights and a bigger liftgate window. Interior perks for this year included steering wheel-mounted audio and climate controls for the Limited trim level and the debut of Ford's kickin', subwoofer-equipped "Mach" audio system.

The Mountaineer lineup was expanded to cater to the bourgeois by including 2WD, as well as V6-powered, versions of the SUV. The V6 chosen for Mountaineer duty was the high-output, 205-horsepower, OHC unit that was paired with the five-speed automatic transmission. This meant that in addition to the V8 AWD Mountaineer, buyers also had a choice of less costly 2WD or 4WD versions powered by the V6.

To further differentiate the Mercury from the Explorer, a new grille and headlight clusters debuted along with standard two-tone paint. And as with the Ford, audio system choices grew to please the most ardent audiophile.

1999 brought advances in safety to the Explorer. Side-impact airbags were optional as increased protection against red-light runners. And an available Reverse Sensing System alerted drivers to out-of-sight objects behind the vehicle. The system used sonar sensors (mounted in the rear bumper) and beeped with increasing frequency as the vehicle got closer to the object(s) in its path. It also made parallel parking the Explorer much easier.

Giving the Explorer's looks a slight update were new fog lights, front bumper and body moldings. Limited models got new wheels and some faux wood trim sprinkled through-out the cabin. A new XLS four-door debuted (positioned under the XLT), which included power everything, A/C, and alloy wheels. Optional Sport packages for the XLS and XLT models added aggressive wheel lip moldings, side step bars and upgraded wheels and tires.

Helping to appease environmentalists who decried SUVs for being gas-guzzling, ozone-killing monsters, was the '99 Explorer's low-emission vehicle (LEV) status. This meant that it spewed forth 40 percent less pollution than non-LEV rated,

1999 passenger cars. This is even more impressive when one considers that trucks don't have to meet the same stringent emissions standards as cars.

Mountaineer's modifications amounted to the same optional side airbags and Reverse Sensing System as on the Explorer.

Y2K was mostly uneventful for the Explorer, as the big news for 2000 was the dropping of the XL trim level.

Similarly, the Mountaineer received but a couple of new option groups, dubbed Premier and (taking a name from an old Mercury full-size sedan) Monterey. The Monterey package included color-keyed moldings, bumpers and running boards as well as a few minor interior upgrades such as woodgrain trim. The Premier added steering -wheel audio controls and unique paint and wheels.

2001 was a mixed bag for the Explorer. The four-door received the 205-horsepower, 4.0-liter, OHC V6 as standard, as both the former base engine (the 160-horse V6) and the five-speed manual gearbox were dropped. The addition of child seat-tether anchors in the second row was the only other change for this Explorer.

On the other hand, the two-door Explorer Sport got a complete facelift, and further distanced itself from the four-door. But an Edmunds.com dissertation on this Explorer will have to wait until that generation has run its course.

The sole change for the Mountaineer was the addition of the child seat-tether anchors.

Current Generation

The 2002 Explorer underwent the biggest changes since the truck debuted as a 1991. Nearly everything except the name was new. Bigger than before, the Explorer's clean and gimmick-free body style and sound cabin design were a hit with consumers and car reviewers alike.

A third seat became optional, made possible by a 2-inch stretch in wheelbase, a 2.5-inch-wider track and a new independent rear suspension that lowered the rear floor 7 inches. Other benefits of the independent rear end were improved ride and handling characteristics.

There were four trim levels available: XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited. Historically, the most popular Explorer tended to be the well-equipped XLT. The Eddie Bauer and Limited had virtually every luxury item standard, such as heated leather seats, automatic climate control and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. Standard safety features on all models included ABS with electronic brake distribution and a Securilock passive anti-theft system. Safety options consisted of side curtain airbags and a Reverse Sensing System.

Under the hood, either the workhorse 4.0-liter V6 making 210 horsepower or a new 4.6-liter V8 pumping out 240 ponies could be found. Only the XLS could be had with a five-speed manual gearbox. All other models, be they V6- or V8-powered, had a five-speed automatic transmission, which was optional on the XLS. A choice of two- or four-wheel drive was offered for each trim level.

The Explorer Sport, the two-door that rode on the old platform, continued virtually unchanged.

The Mercury Mountaineer came as a single trim level with several unique design elements, such as vertical grille bars, wrap-over headlamp clusters and aluminum interior trim that distinguished it from its more common Explorer cousin.

One key difference between the two was that the Mountaineer offered an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with no buttons to push, as opposed to the Ford's four-wheel-drive Control Trac system. AWD means that all four wheels are powered all the time. The Explorer's system had 4x4 High and 4x4 Lo settings that were meant for slippery driving conditions, not dry roads.Control Trac, however did have an Auto setting, which operated in a rear-drive mode until wheel slippage was detected, at which point, torque was directed to the front wheels, as well.

2003

For 2003, the Explorer line expanded with the addition of Sport versions of the XLS and XLT trims along with a new trim level called NBX (No Boundaries Experience). The NBX included special exterior trim, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, a Yakima roof rack and a cargo area liner. All-wheel drive could be had on all but the NBX while XLS trims came standard with an automatic transmission. The volume-selling XLT got fancier via a chrome grille and metallic cabin accents. Other upgrades included more chrome exterior trim and new woodgrain interior accents for the Limited and an Off-Road Package complete with skid plates and a beefed-up suspension.

The Explorer Sport, meaning the aging two-door version, soldiered on essentially unchanged what would be its last year. Meanwhile, the Mountaineer was offered in three trims — base Convenience, midlevel Luxury and loaded Premier — ostensibly to broaden its appeal and attainability.

Safety advanced somewhat for 2004 when Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control system, previously available only on V8 models, became optional for all V6 Explorers except the XLS and XLS Sport. The NBX adopted the Off-Road Package as standard. A quad bucket seat arrangement became optional for the Limited and Eddie Bauer trims (if equipped with the third-row seat). Lastly, a tire-pressure monitor became standard on XLS Sport and higher trims.

Key changes for the Mountaineer included the availability of stability control for the two-wheel-drive versions and, for the upper two trims, the option of second-row bucket seats and a standard tire-pressure monitor.

With the exception of minor exterior and cabin trim changes and the adoption of roll stability control for the AdvanceTrac stability control system, 2005 was a quiet year for the Explorer. For the Mountaineer, stability control became standard on all models and a Designer Series package, with suede cabin trim and unique wheels, debuted.

After four years it was time for a mid-cycle refresh, so for 2006 Ford's popular family SUV received styling tweaks that included a new grille, tailgate and taillights. Inside, there was now more sound insulation for a quieter ride. Underneath, a stiffened frame and new shocks boosted the ride and handling characteristics.

Powertrain changes included revising the V6 to cut emissions and replacing the two-valve-per-cylinder V8 with a new three-valve version that made 292 hp, an increase of overmore than 50 ponies. The new V8 came paired with a new transmission, a six-speed unit that optimized performance and fuel economy. More standard safety features debuted, with all Explorers now having stability control and front side airbags. Trim levels were simplified with XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited comprising the lineup.

After the previous year's significant changes, 2007 saw detail refinements. The XLS was dropped, an audio input jack (for MP3 players) was added and new options debuted, including a navigation system, a heated windshield and power-retracting running boards. Triathletes may have been flattered that an "Ironman" package was offered for the XLT, consisting of a monochromatic black exterior scheme with a two-tone leather interior.

The Mountaineer's trim levels were trimmed from three to two, leaving the base and Premier versions while side curtain airbags and an audio input jack became standard for all.

For 2008, side curtain airbags were made standard across the board, while a capless fuel filling system debuted later in the model year. Ford's superb "Sync" system, which allowed voice commands for cell phones, the audio system, an iPod and the navigation system. The Explorer jumped on the big wheel bandwagon with the new option of 20-inch polished alloy wheels.

Standard features took a downward turn for both Mountaineer trim levels, as the base version lost its leather seating and dual-zone climate control while the Premier lost its power-folding third-row seat, parking assist and heated front seats. These all could be had as options, however.

The XLT Sport returned for 2009 while more substantial improvements included the addition of trailer sway control to the stability control system and the option of Sirius Travel Link for the navigation system. The latter included traffic reports as well as the ability to show local gas prices, weather forecasts and even sports scores and movie listings.

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