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2002 Ford Explorer

2002 Ford Explorer
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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.

Available Models
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.

Interior Features
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.

Exterior Features2002 Ford Explorer - dashboard
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 streamlined look.

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.

2002 Ford Explorer cargoSafety and Security
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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Fast Stats
5 / 7
MSRP from
4.0L V6
4.6L V8
210 @ 5250
240 @ 4750
5-speed auto OD
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
V6 auto-15/20
V6 manual-16/20
V8 auto-14/19

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