How Much Is A Ford Explorer?

How Much Is A Ford Explorer?

Hands down one of Ford's most popular SUVs, the Explorer hit the market way back in 1991.

That's right. The Ford Explorer is officially 30 years old.

And in many ways, it's come a long way since the limited-edition Eddie Bauer days of yesteryear. And in others, the Ford Explorer continues to reign as the sturdy, rugged and reliable sports utility vehicle that drivers have grown to know and trust throughout the past three decades.

These days, the Ford Explorer – now in its sixth generation – comes in five different trim variants: the Limited, the XLT, the ST, the Platinum and – new to the 2021 lineup – the King Ranch edition.

Also new among the 2021 family of Explorers is the beefy special-edition Timberline, which sits a few inches higher off the ground and also comes with limited-slip differentials and all-terrain tires, making it more apt for off-roading compared to its siblings right out of the box.

How expensive is a used Ford Explorer?

Prices for a new Ford Explorer range from the low $30,000s to the low $50,000s, which is slightly higher than other comparable SUVs. The 2021 Explorer base model starts at $32,675, followed by the XLT at $34,825, the Limited at $45,005, the ST at $48,750, the King Ranch at $52,350 and the Platinum at $52,480.

But depending on age, mileage and specific trim package, used Ford Explorers tend to average approximately $10,000-$20,000 less than a new model, falling within the range of $20,000 to $30,000.

As far as features go, the lone major difference is between a new Explorer and those manufactured before 2020 is the drivetrain. Historically, Explorers have always been designed with front-wheel drive. But in 2020, just shy of the SUV's 30th birthday, Ford moved the Explorer's drivetrain from the front to the rear. In general, RWD makes for better handling and improved balance on SUVs regardless of the make and model, which means the vehicle is less likely to tip over and roll.

The FWD-to-RWD swap came as a major move for Ford, setting the Explorer apart from most other midsize SUVs in its class like the Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9, most of which are front-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive comes standard on the Explorer Platinum and optional on the King Ranch, too.

Aside from the drivetrain, the only other major difference to keep in mind between new and used Ford Explorers is an updated infotainment system that's standard on 2017 and newer models and equipped with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, whereas older models lack these features.

How much does a Ford Explorer weigh?

Over the years, as the trend with vehicles in general often tends to be, the Ford Explorer has grown in length, width and weight, too. New Explorers weigh in between 4,345 to 4,727 pounds depending on the specific trim level, which is actually on par with all 21st century model years of the Explorer and other brands of midsize SUVs these days for that matter, too. But prior to the new millenium, from 1991 to 2000, first and second generation Explorers weighed roughly 1,000 pounds less than their contemporary counterparts.

Despite the extra pounds it's put on over the years, the Ford Explorer is still known to pack an impressive punch on the road. Depending on the trim, the Explorer is fitted with different engine options whose horsepower varies from 300 to 400.

Under the hoods of the base model and the XLT comes a turbocharged four-cylinder, 300-horsepower engine that travels 21 mpg on city roads and 28 mpg on the freeway. The Limited runs on a 3.3-liter hybrid engine that's also capable of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the freeway, while the ST, King Ranch and Platinum versions come with the V-6 that clocks 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the freeway.

How much weight can a Ford Explorer tow?

More power under the hood translates to more weight that can be hitched to the rear, and for the Ford Explorer that equates to 5,300-5,600 pounds of total towing capacity.

The Limited claims bragging rights for being the only hybrid vehicle in its class of midsize SUVs that can tow up to 5,000 pounds and go fully off-road (albeit not necessarily at the same time).

The Explorer also sports an ample interior cargo space, which means with the seats folded down, there's plenty of room to fill in the back of the cab, too.

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How many seats does a Ford Explorer have?

Ford Explorers manufactured after 2010 have room for seven people altogether, thanks to a full three rows of seating: two chairs in the front, a three-person bench in the middle and two additional chairs in the rear.

The three-row layout is an upgrade from the Explorer's early days, when its standard layout was with two seats in the front and a three-person bench in the back.

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How much horsepower does a Ford Explorer have?

Newer Explorers, while priced slightly higher than other midsize SUVs, make up for the steeper sticker price with added power under the hood.

The Ford Explorer's horsepower varies according to engine size of the particular trim package, from 300 to 400 altogether. Standard on the base and XLT Explorers is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 300 horsepower, while the ST, King Ranch and Platinum versions sport a V-6 twin turbo that has 400.

That's significantly more muscle than the competition, which usually packs a horsepower of less than 300.

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How many miles does a Ford Explorer last?

On average, with proper care and regular maintenance, Ford Explorers can bank up to 200,000 miles over the course of their lives. But some have been known to make it up to 300,000.

The average odometer reading that you'll find on most used 2010-2018 models on the market these days tends to be between 20,000 and 60,000 miles, which means they have plenty of life left in them. And with an average price range of $17,500-$35,000, they’re easy on the wallet too.

As is the case with any car, but especially with a utility vehicle with off-road capabilities like the Ford Explorer, buying a used model from a private seller can leave you stranded in the woods – figuratively speaking, at least – as far as knowing whether you're buying a Pandora's box of problems is concerned.

But that's anything but the case with Shift, whose certified team of mechanics runs a 150-point inspection on each vehicle before it heads into Shift's virtual showroom. And thanks to Shift's 30-day warranty and seven-day return policy that comes standard on all its cars, you can rest assured that any used SUV will have everyone else thinking it's brand new.

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