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Selected Style AWD 4-Door 4.2i
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 4.2i 14 20 $39,631 $42,615
AWD 4-Door 5.3i 14 20 $42,170 $45,345
AWD 4-Door Aero 12 16 $45,667 $49,105
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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Engine

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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,631
$24,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,615
$26,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$710 / month
$442 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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8.2
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TCC's Bottom Line A smart appearance can’t mask the 2009 Saab 9-7X's outdated GM truck design with vague handling, middle-of-the-road crash-test scores, and mediocre fuel economy figures. As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility -
Rear Door Type - Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 58.1 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.5 59.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 39.6 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.5 58.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 42.4
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - -
Second Leg Room (in) 37.1 36.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 39.8
Third Shoulder Room (in) - NA
Third Leg Room (in) - NA
Third Hip Room (in) - NA
Third Head Room (in) - NA
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 62.7 -
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.72 -
Length, Overall (in) 193.2 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.5 72.8
Liftover Height (in) 30.1 -
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.0 -
Wheelbase (in) 113.0 113.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - 33.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.4 73.7
Side Door Opening Height (in) - NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.3
Step Up Height - Front (in) - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - 44.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.3
Side Door Opening Width (in) - NA
Overhang, Front (in) - 35.4
Step Up Height - Side (in) - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 31.4
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) - 193.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 40.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 70.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 80.1 85.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 46.1 44.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 39.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 39.8 45.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 55.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) - NA
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.9 x - TBD - 12.01 x 0.43
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.8 x - TBD - 11.85 x 0.39
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 22.5
Fuel Tank Location - Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location - NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 38.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.5 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.7 36.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.5 -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - 18.9
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code QVC T52
Front Tire Size P255/55R18 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size P255/60R17 P235/70R16
Front Tire Order Code QVC T52
Spare Tire Order Code ZRT T52
Rear Tire Size P255/55R18 P235/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - 721
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - 721
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - 721
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 840 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5600 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4720 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 3340
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - 2107
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 2860
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 8500
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - 2329
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 13.9 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 130
Maximum Alternator Watts - 1950
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - NA
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 285 @ 6000 210 @ 5100
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 276 @ 4600 254 @ 3700
Engine Order Code LL8 - TBD -
Displacement 4.2L/256 4.0L/245
Engine Oil Cooler - NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20
Transmission
Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.29 3.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.63 2.29
Trans Order Code M30 - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.06 3.22
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.54
Trans Type 4 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Trans PTO Access - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off - NA
Trans Power Take Off - NA
Transfer Case Model - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Saab 9-7X Ford Explorer
Body Code - NA
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 46.0 32.0
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.42 1.34
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Air Suspension -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 36.0 32.0
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.94 0.77
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Coil-Over-Shock -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3240
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 2200
Axle Type - Rear - Ford SLA
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 3600
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - 2470
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.55
Axle Type - Front - Ford SLA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
Frame
Frame Type - Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type - NA
 
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