This years 2002 Ford Explorer brings with it a brand new
design that includes improvements in its powerplants for
a quiet yet more powerful performance and increased towing
capacity, along with an independent rear suspension and
AdvanceTrac interactive vehicle dynamics system. The ever-popular
Explorer has dominated its niche in the market for over
ten years and pumps up the comfort and performance value
even more this year.
In order to meet the diverse demands of drivers
today, the 2002 Ford Explorer is offered in four versatile
models - Explorer XLS, Explorer SLT, Explorer Eddie Bauer,
and 2002 Ford Explorer Limited. Each model adds to the luxury
or performance of the previous vehicle.
The 2002 Ford Explorer has an increased cabin
width of two inches, and offers optional third-row seating
that accommodates two adults bringing the seating capacity
from five passengers to seven passengers. As well, with
the rocker panels located inboard, it is now easier to climb
in and out - a task further simplified by the inclusion
of grab-through door handles. The third row seat folds down
so that you can create more cargo space in a flash when
you need it, and the seven-seat models also feature a split-folding
middle seat for further convenience.
Sprinkled throughout the cabin are handy water bottle holders,
two under floor storage bins (five-seat model only), one
under floor storage bin in the seven-passenger option, and
optional auxiliary air conditioning with moonroof available.
At the push of a button on the key fob, the rear
liftgate glass opens up while the rest of the doors remain
locked, allowing you to safely access the cargo area. Jeweled
headlights, hidden rocker panels, integrated fascia, and
available seventeen-inch wheels finish off the tough yet
The basic powerhouse in the 2002 Ford Explorer
is a 4.0-litre V6 that hits 210 horsepower and 254 lbs-ft
of torque. Up another level, the available 4.6-litre Triton
V8 engine features an aluminum black and heads plus overhead
cam design that smacks of 239 horsepower and 282 lbs-ft
of torque. The towing capacity is 2,000-3,500 lbs depending
on the engine and drivetrain. For those of you with tougher
towing demands for work or play, go for the upgraded towing
package - it'll pull 7,300 lbs with no problem.
Standard fare on the 2002 Ford Explorer includes
a driver depowered air bag, passenger depowered air bag,
three-point seatbelts, and strategic crumple zones to channel
the energy of an impact away from the cabin. The Ford Explorer
also features the "Safety Canopy", which is comprised
of optional side impact air bags and rollover protection;
the side-curtain air bags actually deploy from the ceiling
and operate independently from the front air bags.
To enhance control, the Ford Explorer features electronic
tract and stability controls couples with the Control Trac
four-wheel drive option. This feature calls on the four-wheel
drive only when required, and directs torque appropriately
to the wheels that need it.
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