Ford's best-selling SUV delivers good all-around performance and comfort, with a roomy interior that can be fitted with a small third-row seat for the kids, and equipped with a full range of popular features. For 2005, Ford's AdvanceTrak system with Roll Stability Control becomes standard across the board, as does MP3 and Sirius satellite radio capability for all audio systems. Meanwhile the XLT appearance package adds a few features and available colors. A 210-horsepower V-6 is standard, while an available 239-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 powerplant provides a welcome surge of power. There's a choice of Ford's Control-Trac four-wheel drive or full-time all-wheel-drive systems, with the latter preferred for on-road use. An Off-Road package is standard with the NBX edition.
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