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Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer 2017 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2017 XLT 4-door SUV AWD Automatic

Though it is roomy and has a livable third-row seat, the Explorer trails the competition. Handling is ungainly, the ride is not entirely settled, and the nonturbo V6 powertrain is unrefined. Ford's three-row SUV offers a slew of optional safety systems, as well as a more fuel-efficient 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The top-shelf Platinum trim level is quite luxurious. The front and rear 180-degree cameras have a wash function to keep the lens clean. Lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are optional. The MyFord Touch system now includes redundant knobs and buttons to compensate for the unresponsive onscreen touch-sensitive buttons and controls.

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2011 Redesign Year
Ford Explorer 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 XLT

For 2011, the Explorer adopted a car-based platform, resulting in a quiet, steady and absorbent ride, as well as a versatile and well-finished interior. The model also offers a usable third-row seat and generous cargo capacity. Handling is secure but not agile. The optional MyFord Touch control interface is distracting to use. We preferred Ford's SYNC voice-controlled system for Bluetooth hands-free telephony and control over music players like iPods. With a paired phone, SYNC can also call 911 in case of an accident. Adaptive cruise control, collision warning and blind-spot detection are optional.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $24,850 - $42,975 $22,165 - $39,765
2015 $23,625 - $35,975 $20,920 - $32,920
2014 $20,325 - $33,200 $17,720 - $30,220
2013 $17,750 - $29,800 $15,100 - $26,800
2012 $15,675 - $22,075 $12,980 - $19,180
2011 $14,075 - $19,800 $11,360 - $16,860
2006 Redesign Year
Ford Explorer 2010 Trim Shown: 2010

The Explorer was redesigned for 2006, bringing revised interior and exterior styling, as well as some minor control design frustrations. While the ride and handling are improved over previous Explorer models, agility is still somewhat lacking and the ride is stiff. Further, noise suppression, and interior fit and finish also leave something to be desired. However, on the plus side, the interior is roomy and flexible, adjustable pedals can be had, towing capability is strong, and side-curtain airbags are standard. If you're looking for quiet, the V8-powered Eddie Bauer model is decidedly quieter and more sonorously pleasing than the boisterous V6-powered Explorer XLT.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $9,300 - $13,550 $6,785 - $10,785
2009 $8,650 - $12,600 $6,140 - $9,840
2008 $7,050 - $10,350 $4,590 - $7,690
2007 $5,875 - $8,975 $3,435 - $6,335
2006 $4,600 - $7,900 $2,225 - $5,325
2002 Redesign Year
Ford Explorer 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Sport Utility

Lauded for its steady ride and versatile, well-designed interior, the 2002 Ford Explorer is a well-rounded package. Its main drawbacks are an unrefined V6 engine and unimpressive performance on our off-road course. However, this version of the Explorer features a highly versatile interior package and stability control is a standard feature. Storage is more than ample, ingress and egress are easy and the rear seat is comfortable for three adults. The third row is best left to children though, as legroom is cramped and the seat is difficult to access.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $4,150 - $6,100 $1,855 - $3,605
2004 $3,525 - $5,825 $1,355 - $3,355
2003 $3,025 - $5,600 $955 - $3,155
2002 $2,875 - $5,125 $815 - $2,705
Ford Explorer 2001 Trim Shown: 2001 Sport Utility

The midsized Explorer was introduced in 1991. In our early tests, the 4.0-liter V6 provided leisurely acceleration. Handling was sluggish, and the ride was bumpy on all but the smoothest roads. A 1995 redesign brought a better ride, along with improved handling, braking, and controls. A 5.0-liter V8 was added in 1996, and a more refined SOHC 4.0-liter V6/five-speed automatic combo was introduced for 1997. Front side air bags and a reverse sensing system were added to the options list in 1999..

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
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2000 N/A N/A