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Ford Explorer Reviews from Consumer Reports

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Ford Explorer Reviews

The Ford Explorer is a 4-door SUV offered in a FWD 4dr XLT, 4WD 4dr Base, 4WD 4dr Sport, 4WD 4dr Limited, FWD 4dr Limited, 4WD 4dr XLT and FWD 4dr Base. The powertrains include 2.0-liter 4 turbo (240 hp), 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp) and 3.5-liter V6 turbo (350 hp) engines, and 6-speed automatic transmissions. It is Front or AWD wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 17 mpg city to 23 mpg highway. The Explorer uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Last Model Reviewed: 2011

Reviewed Ford Explorers from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2011 Ford Explorer XLT V6
  • 2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6
  • 2005 Mercury Mountaineer Luxury V8

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