The Ford Explorer boasts a new standard trailer sway control for 2009, and a new XLT Sport package with some pretty unique features. Sporting a 4.0L V6 base engine pulling off 210 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque, the Ford Explorer also offers a 4.6L V8 engine with 292 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Standard on the base engine is a five-speed automatic, while the V8 is paired to a six-speed automatic. A choice of two-wheel drive, 4WD or all-wheel drive is dependent on the trim level. EPA fuel mileage estimates rate the V6 with 2WD at 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy and 16 mpg combined, while the 4WD gets you 1 mpg less in all categories. Known for its safety, Ford Explorer safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, first- and second-row side curtain airbags and a stability control system that includes rollover sensing and trailer sway control. A perennial favorite, the 5-passenger Explorer is a solid, spacious and comfortable mid-size SUV with the kind of towing and off-road capabilities families like.