Review: 2005 Ford Explorer

The Manufacturer

The Ford Explorer is an accomplished all-arounder that marries ample interior space and good road manners in a versatile package.

What's Hot

  • Strong V-8 engine
  • Versatile and durable
  • Lots of standard features

    What's Not

  • Interior is looking tired
  • V-6 engine is overmatched
  • Fully loaded, can be pricey and lower value

    For 2005, the Explorer received some minor trim changes and standard stability control. The lack of more significant modifications is due to the fact that the 2006 model will be heavily revised, inside and out, including major chassis and powertrain upgrades.

    The V-8 engine is an astute choice if you crave passing or towing power. The Safety Canopy side curtain airbag system is worthy option, and the rear-seat DVD system is essential if you drive with kids in the back.

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