2009 Ford Explorer Values

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2009 model year changes

Ford's tried-and-true Explorer sees a minimum of changes for 2009. Big news is a feature called Trailer Sway Control, which works with Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control system to counteract the erratic motions of the vehicle if a trailer begins to pitch. The system actively brakes individual wheels or reduces engine torque to help the driver regain control. Sirius Travel Link is now a feature of the optional navigation system, and provides real-time updates of traffic and weather. And the XLT package is now available as an all-wheel-drive model, in addition to its placement in the lineup on rear- and four-wheel-drive Explorers.

Competitive comparison

Generous standard safety equipment; quiet cabin; balances city driving comfort with towing and off-road capability.

Special features for 2009

The 2009 Explorer is a traditional body-on-frame SUV, which makes it attractive to buyers looking for the passenger-carrying capabilities of a mid-sized SUV combined with strong towing and off-road capability. Safety equipment, including standard stability control with a rollover sensor, plus a new Trailer Sway Control, will appeal to the family haulers. Another plus for those with large broods is the availability of third-row seating.