2006 Ford Explorer Review

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Since its debut in 1991, Ford has sold more than 5.5 million Explorers. So when Ford selected Lake Placid for its ride-and-drive Explorer debut for journalists because of the company’s sponsorship of the Ironman Triathlon Competition, recently held there, it didn’t come as a surprise. The Explorer’s been the ironman for the company, selling strongly for nearly 15 years and turning in hefty profits for the Dearborn-based automaker.

 

For 2006, Ford is revamping the Explorer, after totally reworking the mid-size ute in 2002 with a stiffer body and an independent rear suspension. The changes for 2006 are more geared toward refinement of the existing package — new front and rear styling, updated drivetrains, and a new interior — but do enough to keep the truck fresh even as Ford sets its SUV sights on the crossover market.

 

This year, the Explorer offers up four trim levels — XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited — and two engine choices. The first is an improved 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 that meets ULEV standards and puts out 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, it can tow up to 5390 pounds, depending on whether it’s outfitted with rear- or four-wheel drive.

 

The other engine choice is the three-valve 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 shared with the F-Series trucks. It delivers 292 horsepower (53 more than the two-valve V-8) and 300 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic, and endows the Explorer with a towing capacity of 7300 pounds (too, it adds about 100 pounds more to the truck’s curb weight).

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January 5, 2017
2017 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD

Pleased, would buy again in a heartbeat.

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Great vehicle,exceptional performance with good mileage.
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May 2, 2017
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited

My wife wanted it and she likes it.

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This Explorer seems to have more buttons and bells than I can keep up with. Seats are extremely comfortable and great on long road trips.
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July 12, 2016
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT

Great vehicle with poor seats.

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Everything I have experienced in my first 5800 miles is positive with the exception of the seats. Shorter people appear to have "no issues" with the front buckets but someone my height, 6'1'' does; the power... + More »
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February 21, 2016
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited

Love this vehicle

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Very pleased with this vehicle. Very quiet at all speeds, great quality and features. A friend has a Sorrento, we travelled together for a day, could hardly wait to get back in my Explorer. The Kia was noisy... + More »
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February 17, 2016
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport

Fun to drive

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Overall fun to drive, like the looks and many features
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February 15, 2016
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport

Love the car except for the gas mileage

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We've only had the car for a few weeks but so far it's a great vehicle great power but with that comes bad gas mileage rating. Lots of space and beautiful inside. Fill safe inside
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December 30, 2015
For 2016 Ford Explorer

Was a Ford fan

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This car car cured me of my devotion to Ford, the drivers box is so uncomfortable. No free leg room,the bucket seat is entirely too narrow for the average adult I am 5'7' 150 and this is the most uncomfortable... + More »
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December 25, 2015
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door Platinum

IN FRONT YOU NEED HANDLES IN THE INSIDE ROOF TO BE ABLE TO CLIMB INSIDE

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ITS A GREAT CAR, BETTER THAN OTHERS I HAD BEFORE, EXCEPT MY 911 PORSCHE, WHICH WAS TOTALY AWSOME
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October 21, 2015
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT

Best car I've ever owned in 50 years

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I love this car. The front seats are extremely comfortable and the power seat adjustments can achieve a wide variety of positions. The fit and finish, both interior and exterior, are up to luxury car... + More »
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August 14, 2015
2016 Ford Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT

With the 20 inch rims and new front grill my Explorer looks tough!

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Love my new 2016 Ford Explorer! The new grill makes it look a lot like a Range Rover. The grill along with the 20 inch rims gives it a tough bull dog look to it. Proud to own it and enjoy driving it!
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