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2004 Ford Explorer

2004 Ford Explorer

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The Ford Explorer has a trophy room at home that is ready burst. Year after year, the midsize sport utility vehicle comes home with awards recognizing its build quality, performance package and overall comfort. If you hand out another annual title for the best-selling midsize SUV, then it gets that much more crowded in there.

Twelve years running, more Americans have turned to the Explorer to handle their driving needs. The 2004 Ford Explorer offers more standard equipment, both inside and out, plus a few more options as well. One of the new features concerns the fine-tuning of Explorer's two engines. They are now configured to meet more stringent emissions standards, a feature that benefits everyone.

Available Models
Both the XLS and XLT models feature additional Sport trims. Other models for 2004 include the NBX, Eddie Bauer and Limited, which are covered separately.

Interior Features
The cabin is functional when it needs to be, and as refined as you want it to be. All models are available with a fold-flat third-row seat for comfortable seven-passenger seating.

One of the Explorer's key points is its use of space. The 2004 Ford Explorer leads its class in third-row headroom and legroom. Seven-passenger models have a split 40/20/40 second-row seat that gives easy access to the third row, as well as the ability to customize the cargo area.

Not as many features are found with 2004 Ford Explorer XLS and XLT models, if you compare them to the upper level trims. However, all Explorers do come with at least air conditioning, cruise control, a center console, power mirrors, windows and door locks, an AM/FM/CD player and a cargo management system.

Exterior Features
The 2004 Ford Explorer's use of durable exterior materials allows it to last for years without looking faded. For 2004, the Ford Explorer has a bold new grille featuring the familiar egg-crate insert of all Ford SUVs.

Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations are offered. But that's surely not a surprise.

XLS models have a standard 4.0-liter V6. It generates 210 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. With the XLT trim, you can upgrade to a 4.6-liter V8. It offers 239 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque.

Explorer's independent rear suspension not only allows for more interior cargo space, it also does what it should: provide a smooth ride.

Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models. Curtain side airbags are optional.

2004 Ford Explorer - Vehicle Highlights

XLS replaces XLT as the value-conscious model.
XLT includes ordering options for the previous XLT Popular and XLT Premium series.
XLT Sport exterior appearance package is added to the lineup.
NBX replaces FX4 Off-Road and builds on the same content.
Eddie Bauer continues to be offered as the top-of-the-line trim level.
Five distinct trims are offered for 2004 – XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, NBX and Eddie Bauer.
XLT Sport trim level is new
The NBX trim level replaces the XLT FX4 and adds heavy-duty rubber floor mats and a cargo area soft liner
PowerFold™ third-row seat now available in cloth on all XLT models
Reverse Sensing System, DVD rear seat entertainment system and power moonroof now available across all XLT and XLT Sport models
Tire pressure monitoring system now standard on XLT, XLT Sport and Eddie Bauer trims
New exterior colors: Pueblo Gold, Red Fire

Fast Stats
MSRP from
4.0L V6
4.6L V8
210 @ 5100
239 @ 4750
5-Speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
4.0L - 15 / 21
4.6L - 15 / 19

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