If it’s a capable towing and hauling vehicle you’re after, the 2008 Ford Explorer fits the bill. SUV enthusiasts have long appreciated the Explorer for its versatility and this year’s model doesn’t disappoint. The Explorer is offered in a variety of trims, including XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited, with engines ranging from a 210 horsepower 4.0-liter V6 to a 292 horsepower 4.6-liter V8. Automatic transmission comes standard. Inside, the Explorer features seating for up to five passengers and a nice list of standard equipment, including heated lumbar seats and MP3/Satellite radio.Read more Read less
For 2008, Ford added a new full-time all-wheel drivetrain to the lineup mid-model year. Also, the XLT now features folding power mirrors with integrated approach lamps as standard, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Eddie Bauer trim gets a freshening with new two-tone bumpers and 20-inch wheels, in addition to other decorative touches. The Limited is mostly the same as last year while adding a HomeLink universal garage door opener and power-adjustable pedals. Side curtain air bags are standard on all Explorer trims for 2008. Ford's new Microsoft-developed SYNC media system is now available as an option on the XLT trim, and is standard on all higher trims. It integrates a voice-activated interface with portable music player connectivity.
Generous standard safety equipment; quiet cabin; good balance of around-town driving, towing, and off-road capabilities.
The 2008 Explorer is a traditional body-on-frame SUV, which makes it attractive to buyers in the market for a mid-sized SUV with towing and off-road capability. Safety equipment, including standard stability control with a rollover sensor, will appeal to the family haulers. Another plus for those with large broods is the availability of manual- or power-folding third-row seating.
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