The Ford Explorer is one of those vehicles that stand the
test of time; it's been wildly popular since its introduction
in 1991 and the sporty and rugged 2009 Explorer surely won't
disappoint. This year the mid-size SUV receives an upgrade
to the stability control system with the addition of Trailer
The Ford Explorer comes in four models for 2009 - the Explorer
XLT, XLT Sport, Eddie Bauer and Limited.
As with all Ford models a variety of packages are available
to further customize the Explorer, available packages include
- the XLT Convenience Package, the Eddie Bauer Convenience
Package, XLT Sport Feature Package and the Sun and Sync
The Ford Explorer has a crisp, roomy interior that seats
five people an optional third row seating is available that
allows seating for seven. Seats are cloth trimmed on the
XLT models, and leather trimmed on the Eddie Bauer and Limited
Manual air conditioning is standard with a dual zone electronic
automatic temperature control air conditioning system available
on the Eddie Bauer and standard on the Limited version.
SYNC® in car voice-activated communications and entertainment
system is available for the XLT models and comes standard
on the Eddie Bauer and Limited. For entertainment during
those long journeys a rear seat DVD entertainment system
with an 8" screen is available for the Eddie Bauer
and Limited models.
The exterior of the various models are distinct and easily
distinguishable. The Explorer XLT comes with body color
bumpers and a four bar chrome grille, the XLT Sport features
black front and rear bumpers and a black grille. While the
Eddie Bauer features Pueblo Gold painted front and rear
bumpers and a unique chrome 3 bar grill with nostrils.
Enhanced appearance privacy glass is standard on all models
with a power moonroof available as an option.
There are two engines to choose from each with their own
transmission. The standard engine for all models is a 4.0L
V6 engine that boasts 210 hp and a fuel economy rating of
14 city and 20 highway mpg - it is coupled with a 5-speed
automatic transmission. The optional engine is a 4.6L V8
that increases the horsepower of the Explorer to 292 - it
comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Standard to all models is a 4x2 rear wheel drive system
with 4-wheel drive with ControlTrac® and AWD available
Safety and Security
Safety features are numerous and include a Tire Pressure
Monitoring System, Latch safety seat system, Safety Canopy
System, Intelligent Safety System, anti -theft system, SOS
Post-Crash Alarm System and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability
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