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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Well equipped with a full range of optional features
All Explorer models get SYNC as an option or standard feature
Available DVD entertainment system features an 8-inch screen
The features list on the 2009 Ford Explorer, both standard and optional, is enough to put a smile on just about any driver's face. The Ford Explorer is packed full of brag-worthy features both inside and out. New for 2009 is the next-generation voice-activated Navigation system with Sirius Travel Link.
The standard features on the 2009 Ford Explorer are numerous. The base-trim XLT offers "cruise control, air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary input jack and full power accessories," according to Edmunds, while "Eddie Bauer models provide two-tone paint, 17-inch alloy wheels," plus "heated front seats [and] Ford SYNC connectivity." The SYNC feature is also standard on Ford Explorer Limited trims, and it receives generous praise in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. ForbesAutos reports, "SYNC makes it possible to operate multiple devices, from cell phone to an iPod, on a hands-free basis." In the Limited trim, Cars.com declares, "heated front seats, a power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control and a six-CD player with MP3 capability are standard."
Beginning with the less exciting options, Edmunds says that "rear-seat climate control and upgraded stereo" are available on the XLT and Eddie Bauer trims. More noteworthy is the available "rear DVD entertainment system," which ForbesAutos predicts will keep passengers entertained on long drives in the Ford Explorer 2009, and ConsumerGuide adds a "navigation system" that "includes Audiophile AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer" is available to help you reach your destination. ConsumerGuide also reports that an available Sun and Sirius package will bring a "power sunroof [and] satellite radio" to the Ford Explorer.
The 2009 Ford Explorer has way more high-tech features than you'd expect from a design that's no longer the pinnacle of soccer-mom transportation.