Buying Guide

2010 Ford Explorer

Fair Market Price $10,585 XLT 2WD
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EPA MPG:

14 City / 20 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 85.8 cu. ft.

Seating:

5/7

The 2010 Ford Explorer is going to be the end of the standard Explorer models and will be discontinued at the end of the year. The essence of the Explorer will live on in some other models of trucks, but mostly just its namesake. Ford will be using the Explorer name on some of its newer Unibody crossover models, but they will be much less rugged and not truck-like at all. The latest generation of Ford Explorers received their last update in 2006 and has not had much new added since. The Explorer has been a solid 4 door truck offering a reasonable amount of towing power and 4WD since the early nineties and has been a great choice for any buyer looking for a entry level 4WD vehicle that offers a lot of interior room and luxuries ever since.

This midsized sports utility can seat up to seven passengers, but more like 5 comfortably. The engines and suspension used in these trucks are slightly outdated but still perform rather well. The Explorer does not get very good mileage and this is one reoccurring complaint about this model.

Bodystyles: SUV
Engines: 4.0L V-6, 4.6L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic
Models: XLT, Eddie Bauer, XLT Sport, Limited

The only change for 2010, which is to be the Explorer’s last year on a ladder-frame platform, is the addition of Trailer Sway Control and MyKey as standard features.

Explorer Eddie Bauer get gold front and rear bumpers, XLT Sport models get a black grille, and Limited models get body-color bumpers. Wheel choices range from 16-inchers on XLTs to optional 20s on Limited models.

The Explorer can seat up to seven thanks to an optional third row. However, this last row will be a tight fit for larger passengers. Maximum cargo space is 85.8 cubic-feet.

The Explorer’s dated 4.0-liter V-6 makes a mere 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque while getting worse fuel economy than the V-8. That engine makes 292 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed auto comes with the V-8, V-6 models get a five-speed. Explorer V-6 models can pull up to 5,375 pounds, V-8 models up to 7,115 pounds.

The Explorer comes standard with six airbags, including side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. Other safety features include standard traction and roll stability control, trailer sway control, and seatbelt pretensioners.

V-6 RWD: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
V-6 4WD: 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway
V-8 4WD: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway

  • Truck-like capability
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Underpowered V-6 engine
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Truck-like on-road demeanor

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  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Toyota 4Runner

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