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Selected Style RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $26,458 $28,470
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $27,649 $29,780
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $29,319 $31,615
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 15 21 $30,512 $32,925
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $32,901 $35,550
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $34,093 $36,860
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
AWD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
AWD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT 14 20 $27,259 $29,155
2WD 4-Door LT w/2LT 14 20 $29,242 $31,275
2WD 4-Door LT w/3LT 14 20 $31,411 $33,595
2WD 4-Door SS 12 16 $34,777 $37,195
4WD 4-Door LT w/1LT 14 20 $29,293 $31,330
4WD 4-Door LT w/2LT 14 20 $31,271 $33,445
4WD 4-Door LT w/3LT 14 20 $33,444 $35,770
4WD 4-Door SS 12 16 $36,773 $39,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,458
$27,259
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,470
$29,155
Monthly Payment Estimate
$475 / month
$486 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals. Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type Liftgate Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 38.7 39.6
Third Hip Room (in) NA -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 58.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 46.9
Third Head Room (in) NA -
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 56.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Third Shoulder Room (in) NA -
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 37.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 40.2
Second Hip Room (in) 55.5 58.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.0 58.5
Third Leg Room (in) NA -
Exterior Dimensions
Side Door Opening Width (in) NA NA
Overhang, Front (in) 35.4 35.0
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - NA
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.4 32.1
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 193.4 191.8
Side Door Opening Height (in) NA NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 8.3 7.8
Height, Overall (in) 71.9 72.5
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.7 NA
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) 44.3 43.8
Wheelbase (in) 113.7 113.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 8.3 7.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 74.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 39.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 45.1 41.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 44.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 85.8 80.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - TBD - NA
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.85 x 0.39 12.8 x 0.78
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.01 x 0.43 12.0 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 22.0
Fuel Tank Location Midship - TBD -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock NA 20.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 18.9 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.8 36.4
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 721 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size P235/70R16 P235/75R16
Front Tire Order Code T53 QTM
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 1793
Spare Tire Order Code T53 ZNF
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 721 - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare 721 - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 1793
Rear Tire Order Code T53 QTM
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 5400
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 810
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 5000
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 6010 5550
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2860 2950
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2329 2307
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 8500 10000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3340 3200
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2107 2024
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.8 13.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts 1950 NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 150
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 254 @ 3700 276 @ 4600
Engine Order Code - TBD - LL8
Displacement 4.0L/245 4.2L/254
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5100 285 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.07 2.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.29 1.63
Trans Order Code - TBD - M30
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.70
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.22 3.06
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.54 1.00
Trans Type 5 4
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Body Code NA NA
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.34 1.33
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3600 3200
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 2470 3100
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.55 3.42
Axle Type - Front Ford SLA Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32.0 36
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3240 2950
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA Coil
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.77 0.82
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2200 3200
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32.0 46
Axle Type - Rear Ford SLA Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front Independent SLA Independent
Frame
Frame Type Ladder - TBD -
Doors
Side Door Type NA Swing-out
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 3
 
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