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