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2012 Ford Explorer
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List price: $15,891

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We are excited to offer this 2012 Ford Explorer. Drive home in your new pre-owned vehicle with the knowledge you're fully backed by the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. Do so much more with one vehicle. This Ford Explorer gives you everything you need an automobile to be. This vehicle won't last long, take it home today. More information about the 2012 Ford Explorer: The redesigned Ford Explorer has also been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive and Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers. And now it also stands out for being one of the greenest picks; Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot. Interesting features of this model are world-class safety features, surprisingly good gas mileage with EcoBoost engine, good value, excellent ride quality, and Quiet interior We look forward to seeing you soon! Please call us for more information.


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2015 Ford Explorer
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List price: $26,900

This 2015 Explorer is for Ford fans looking far and wide for a fully-loaded creampuff. It is nicely equipped with features such as Equipment Group 300A, 3.5L 6-Cylinder SMPI DOHC, 4D Sport Utility, 6-Speed Automatic with Select-Shift, AWD, Charcoal Black w/Leather-Trimmed Heated Bucket Seats, Dual-Panel Moonroof, Explorer Limited, Tuxedo Black Metallic, 12 Speakers, 20 Painted Aluminum Wheels, 3.65 Axle Ratio, 3rd row seats: split-bench, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS brakes, Adjustable pedals, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Compass, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front dual zone A/C, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Garage door transmitter: HomeLink, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Heated rear seats, Illuminated entry, Knee airbag, Leather-Trimmed Heated Bucket Seats, Low tire pressure warning, Memory seat, MP3 decoder, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Overhead console, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Pedal memory, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power passenger seat, Power steering, Power windows, Premium audio system: Sony, Radio data system, Radio: Sony Audio System w/12-Speakers, Rear air conditioning, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear reading lights, Rear seat center armrest, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Roof rack: rails only, Security system, Speed control, Speed-sensing steering, Speed-Sensitive Wipers, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, SYNC w/MyFord Touch, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, and Variably intermittent wipers. AutoWeek reports Explorer has a comfortably smooth ride. It's obvious by how clean this interior is that the previous owner took pride in owning this vehicle. Call Now or Text your Inquiry to our hassle-free Internet Sales Team for an appointment today!


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2015 Ford Explorer
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List price: $26,581

CARFAX 1-Owner, GREAT MILES 37,520! XLT trim. EPA 24 MPG Hwy/17 MPG City! 3rd Row Seat, Heated Leather Seats, Rear Air, Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth, EQUIPMENT GROUP 202B, POWER LIFTGATE, WHEELS: 18' PAINTED ALUMINUM, MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, LEATHER-TRIMMED HEATED BUCKET SEATS. KEY FEATURES INCLUDE Rear Air, Bluetooth. Rear Spoiler, Third Row Seat, Flex Fuel, Keyless Entry, Privacy Glass. OPTION PACKAGES EQUIPMENT GROUP 202B Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD/MP3 Capable, 6 speakers, media hub w/auxiliary audio input jack, 1 USB port and SiriusXM satellite radio, Note: SiriusXM satellite radio (48 contiguous states), Service not available in Alaska or Hawaii, Premium Audio System w/9 Speakers, Dual Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature (DEATC), Driver Connect Package, meteorite black center-stack, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, SYNC w/MyFord Touch, 2 driver configurable 4.2' color LCD displays in instrument cluster, 8' LCD color touch-screen in center stack, 2 USB ports, SD card reader, 5-way controls located on steering wheel, 911 assist, Vehicle Health Report (VHR) and SYNC services (traffic reports, GPS based turn-by-turn directions and information, POWER LIFTGATE, MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, LEATHER-TRIMMED HEATED BUCKET SEATS 10-way power driver seat w/power recline and lumbar, 6-way power front passenger seat w/manual recline and lumbar and 4-way driver and front-passenger head restraints (2-way when DVD headrest are ordered 50S), WHEELS: 18' PAINTED ALUMINUM (STD). Ford XLT with Magnetic Metallic exterior and Medium Light Stone interior features a V6 Cylinder Engine with 290 HP at 6500 RPM*. PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCE CARFAX 1-Owner EXPERTS ARE SAYING Great Gas Mileage: 24 MPG Hwy. Pricing analysis performed on 11/7/2017. 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.


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2014 Ford Explorer
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List price: $24,988

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2016 Ford Explorer
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List price: $34,888

DON'T WAIT TO STOP IN AND TAKE THIS EXPLORER LIMITED HOME TODAY...HEATED AND COOLED SEATS, NAVIGATION...3D ROW SEATING AND 4 NEW TIRES!!!!! previous rental


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2014 Ford Explorer
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List price: $22,950

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****1-OWNER****CLEAN CARFAX****LOADED****NAV****REMOTE START****HEATED & COOLED SEATS****SUNROOF****MUST SEE**** Make your daily commute a luxurious one in this 2014 Ford Explorer Limited with only 71K miles! Loaded up with a Sunroof Navigation Heated & Cooled Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Heated Steering Wheel Sync USB Line In Sony Sound Remote Start Adjustable Pedals Memory Seat Power Seats Seating For Seven Park Assist Steering Wheel Controls Tow Package Back Up Cam and More! Call today to schedule your test drive.All information and options listed are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. No Hidden fees! Nye Motor Company Guarantees Full Disclosure! At time of purchase Buyer pays State Tax State Registration fee State Title Fee and Dealer Documentation fee ($98.50). State Lien fee and State Tag fee may apply. (All other taxes and fees will be paid in state of residence.) Information listed is not guaranteed and must be confirmed by the purchaser before purchase. Visit Nye Motor Co. online at www.nyemotorpa.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 717-665-7400 today to schedule your test drive.



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2014 Ford Explorer
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2016 Ford Explorer
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List price: $22,870

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**BLUETOOTH, BACKUP CAMERA, 3RD ROW SEATING** 2016 Explorer AWD...One Owner...Rearview Camera...Power Driver Seat...Power Side Mirrors...Steering Wheel Cruise/Audio Controls...SYNC Bluetooth...Sirius Radio Capable...Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column...3rd Row Seating BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov


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2011 Ford Explorer
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List price: $15,991

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2015 Ford Explorer
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List price: $21,990

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** ONE OWNER ** 2015 FORD EXPLORER XLT - 3.5L V6 ** NAVIGATION ** LEATHER ** BACK UP CAMERA ** HEATED FRONT SEATS ** HEATED MIRRORS ** REAR PARKING SENSORS ** REAR A/C ** POWER LIFTGATE ** POWER SEATS ** ROOF RACK ** KEYLESS ENTRY ** THIRD ROW SEATS ** ALLOY WHEELS This internet special is priced to move fast so act quickly. Stop shopping and start driving Today! **** We have over 400+ used vehicles to choose from! Most of them with Remaining Factory Warranty. Extended Service Contracts are also available. Our Finance Department has Over 50 Years of Combined Experience with All types of Credit. We have an exceptional relationship with over 40 lenders, offering rates as low as 2.9% **** Buy with Peace of Mind. This vehicle has gone through a 172-point inspection by our experienced ASE technicians, which means that your Pre-Owned Vehicle will be in Top Condition when you drive it home. **** Here at Autoshow Sales & Service, you will find top quality vehicles at a great price, topped by our excellent customer service. previous accident, professionally repaired - car looks new! Call for more information and Schedule a Test Drive Today! Internet prices available to well-qualified buyers with at least a 720 credit score ****


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2017 Ford Explorer
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List price: $33,971

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Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! New Price! Bluetooth Hands-Free, Back Up Camera, One owner, Clean Carfax, 2 Sets of Keys, 3.5L 6-Cylinder SMPI Turbocharged DOHC, AWD, Heated front seats, Heated rear seats, Navigation System, Ventilated front seats. 2017 Ford Explorer Limited Shadow Black In addition to our rigorous Multi-Point Inspection and Reconditioning process, Bernardi Toyota includes a 5 year powertrain warranty that will keep you covered until 100,000 miles. This warranty comes with every pre-owned vehicle, and at no cost to you! Call dealer for details.


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2014 Ford Explorer
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List price: $19,993

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Judicious with every drop of gas. Fatten your monthly budget with the fuel savings. Put down the mouse because this 2014 Ford Explorer is the SUV you've been searching for. Consumer Guide 2014 credits Explorer with a broad range of safety features and impressively quiet cabin. Listen to me when I say that you'll be just astonished with how much you can pack into the caverous interior of it. This Explorer is nicely equipped with features such as 18 Painted Aluminum Wheels, 3.39 Axle Ratio, 3rd row seats: split-bench, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 6 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Compass, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Heated door mirrors, Illuminated entry, Knee airbag, Low tire pressure warning, MP3 decoder, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Overhead console, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power passenger seat, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD/MP3 Capable, Rear air conditioning, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear reading lights, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Roof rack: rails only, Security system, Speed control, Speed-sensing steering, Speed-Sensitive Wipers, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, Unique Cloth Bucket Seats, and Variably intermittent wipers.



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2014 Ford Explorer
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List price: $20,677

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GREAT DEALS SELL FAST! HURRY! CALL/TEXT AARON COVERT AT 636-219-8170 OR MIKE HAHN AT 314-315-5742 FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE*** 4WD 7 PASSENGER! NEW TIRES! POWER HEATED SEATS! BLUE-TOOTH, ALLOY WHEELS, TOW PACKAGE, LUGGAGE RACK***BOMMARITO NISSAN OF HAZELWOOD WHERE PRICE SELLS THE CLEANEST CARS IN TOWN***COMES W/ 1 OWNER CLEAN CAR-FAX, SAFETY/EMISSIONS INSPECTIONS, FACTORY WARRANTY AND READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY! Prices are deemed reliable but not guaranteed.


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2010 Ford Explorer
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List price: $13,927

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Leather Seats,3rd Row Seat,WHITE PLATINUM METALLIC TRI-COAT,Chrome Wheels,4.0L SOHC 12-VALVE V6 ENGINE,5-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION W/OD,CAMEL; PERFORATED LEATHER HEATED LOW BACK FRONT SPORT BUCKET SEATSThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. AutoNation SPECIAL VALUE Vehicle -BUY WITH CONFIDENCE WITH OUR 5 -DAY -250 MILE MONEY BACK GURANTEE This Ford includes: 4.0L SOHC 12-VALVE V6 ENGINE (STD) V6 Cylinder Engine Gasoline Fuel *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* This 2010 Ford Explorer comes with a CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, which means you can buy with certainty. Gone are the days of SUVs being the size of a tank and handling like one. This Ford Explorer is a perfect example of how SUVs have evolved into vehicles that are as refined as they are rugged. It's not a misprint. And the odometer isn't broken. This is a very low mileage Ford Explorer. A rare find these days. Added comfort with contemporary style is the leather interior to heighten the quality and craftsmanship for the Ford Explorer More information about the 2010 Ford Explorer: The 2010 Explorer has the passenger-carrying capabilities of a mid-sized SUV combined with strong towing and off-road capabilities. Safety equipment includes standard stability control with a rollover sensor, as well as Ford's Trailer Sway Control, which works to keep a towed trailer in line once it begins to pitch. The Explorer also offers third-row seating for additional passenger capacity. The base rear-wheel-drive XLT starts under $30,000. Strengths of this model include Standard safety equipment list, quiet cabin, and city driving comfort matched with towing and off-road capability. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.


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2014 Ford Explorer
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List price: $20,976

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Leather Seats,RADIO: VOICE ACTIVATED NAVIGATION SYSTEM,Navigation System,POWER LIFTGATE,3rd Row Seat,CHARCOAL BLACK; LEATHER-TRIMMED HEATED BUCKET SEATS,ENGINE: 3.5L TI-VCT V6,TRANSMISSION: 6-SPEED SELECTSHIFT AUTOMATIC,TUXEDO BLACK METALLICThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. This Ford includes: TUXEDO BLACK METALLIC *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* Your buying risks are reduced thanks to a CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. This well-maintained Ford Explorer XLT comes complete with a CARFAX one-owner history report. Treat yourself to an SUV that surrounds you with all the comfort and conveniences of a luxury sedan. The interior of this Ford Explorer XLT has been through meticulous inspection and could almost pass for a brand new vehicle. Marked by excellent quality and features with unmistakable refined leather interior that added value and class to the Ford Explorer More information about the 2014 Ford Explorer: The Ford Explorer has been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive. Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers. The Explorer also stands out for being one of the greenest choices available. Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot. Interesting features of this model are surprisingly good gas mileage with EcoBoost engine, excellent ride quality, good value, Quiet interior, and world-class safety features *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.


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2011 Ford Explorer
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List price: $12,750

Recent Trade! XLT 3.5 V6 FWD. Backup Camera, Backup Sensors, SYNC, Third Row Seats, Leather Seats, Heated Seats, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel, Steering Wheel Radio Controls, Automatic Dual Zone Air Conditioning, Remote Keyless Entry, Rear Window Defroster, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Rear Tinted Windows, Alloy Wheels. This vehicle has good tires, and is in great condition! This Explorer has a clean vehicle history report and does not have any accidents! Call us today, this vehicle won't last long at this price! 618-344-0121 Laura Buick GMC, Serving our community for over 35 years!! We are a family owned dealership committed to providing our customers the best deals backed by outstanding service! CD Player Portable Audio Connection SYNC Security System 3rd Row Seats Third Row Seats Backup Sensors Backup Camera Cruise Control Keyless Entry Multi-Zone Climate Control Power Locks Power Windows Side Curtain Airbags Steering Wheel Controls Traction Control Heated Seats Leather Seats Rear Window Defroster Tilt/Telescope Steering Wheel Power Mirrors Rear Window Defroster Tilt/Telescope Steering Wheel Side Airbags


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2010 Ford Explorer
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List price: $8,900

**Look here** A 3rd row, sunroof, completely serviced Explore ready for the winter!! Thank you for taking the time to look at this gorgeous 2010 Ford Explorer. The Explorer scored the top rating in the IIHS frontal offset test. This fantastic Ford is one of the most sought after used vehicles on the market because it NEVER lets owners down.



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2016 Ford Explorer
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List price: $30,991

Come test drive this 4 Wheel Drive *2016 Ford Explorer *featuring Integrated *Navigation*, Newer Front/Rear Michelin Tires, an *AM/FM Stereo*, *Satellite Radio*, with a *CD Player*, and *MP3 Player Support* via Auxiliary Audio Input. *Bluetooth Connectivity* is also included for Hands Free Mobile Phone Usage. Additional equipment includes *Heated Leather Bucket Seats*, a *Back-Up Camera*, *Heated Mirrors*, Rubberized Floor Mats, Keyless Start, Front/Rear Head Air Bag, Brake Assist, Woodgrain Interior Trim, Child Safety Locks, *Multi-Zone A/C*, Seat Memory, Power Liftgate, Stability Control, Universal Garage Door Opener, and much more.*Contact our Internet Sales Department and speak with either Vanessa, Jim, Ben, or Marty. We are happy to assist you in checking the availability of your preferred vehicle. To schedule an appointment for a test drive and much more please contact us at 309-517-2377.*


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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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