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2005 Ford Explorer

2005 Ford Explorer
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The Ford line-up of SUVs is starting to take over. With the compact Escape, the mid-sized Freestyle - a crossover new this year, the Explorer, the Explorer Sport Trac, an SUV with a truck-bed, similar to the Chevy Avalanche, the full-size Expedition and the even larger Excursion, biggest of the bunch, the question becomes one of where do you start?

Some would say you should start with the 2005 Ford Explorer. This mid-size SUV is the heart of the whole series, the best-selling SUV in North America, which probably means the world, for 14 years!

2005 hasn't changed it much, other than to improve it by adding Standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, improved audio standards, some exciting options packages and 20 unique arrays to provide the broadest offering in the segment.

Available Models
Both the XLS and XLT models feature additional Sport trims in both V6 and V8. Other models for 2005 include the V8 Eddie Bauer and Limited Editions (V8s reviewed separately).

Interior Features
2005 adds the new XLT appearance package for content, color and excitement in the middle of the lineup, and both MP3 and Sirius Satellite radio capability are now standard on all audio systems (late availability).

The trim to be found in even the base XLS models is not really basic at all, with cloth upholstery, front bucket seats and a split-folding rear seat, power mirrors, windows and door locks, keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo and more. The XLT trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front bucket seats w/lumbar adjustment and a six-way power driver seat and an overhead console for improved instrument visibility and access for an outside-temperature indicator, compass a warm steel accented center cluster. Sport models add mostly exterior differences.

Exterior Features
The various trims offer a range of different exterior accents and details for style and performance enhancements. For example, the XLS comes with 16-inch steel wheels, the XLS Sport and XLT add 16-inch cast aluminum wheels while the XLT Sport comes with 17-inch bright machined aluminum wheels.

Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations are offered with an automatic transmission mated to a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 210 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque and manages 15/21mpg (city/hwy).

The V6 is no slouch when it comes to towing capability, with a standard Class II towing hitch and towing capacity of 5760lbs.A towing package provides Class III/IV towing capability of up to 7,140 pounds when properly equipped (with V8 engine)

Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models. A comprehensive safety package can be added for significant additional safety including front and curtain side airbags. New for 2005, the Ford Explorer comes with Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system to reduce rollover potential by triggering the system when it detects that one or more wheels are about to leave the ground. This reduces engine power and/or applies braking to the necessary wheels to help settle the vehicle.

2005 Ford Explorer - Vehicle Highlights

Standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
20 unique arrays provide the broadest offering in the segment
XLT appearance package adds content, color and excitement in the middle of the lineup
MP3 capability and Sirius Satellite radio capability now standard on all audio systems (late availability)

Fast Stats
5 / 7
MSRP from
4.0L V6
4.6L V8
210 @ 5100
239 @ 4750
5-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
15 / 21
15 / 19

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