Things to Know when Buying a Used Ford Explorer

By Mike Richards Posted: 11/29/2017

The Ford Explorer is known for being one of the best-selling SUVs of all time. In fact, the vehicle was the top seller for fifteen years in a row between 1991 and 2006. The SUV offers a comfortable ride, roomy cabin, and plenty of power courtesy of the optional V8 engine. The Explorer can seat anywhere from five to seven passengers with V6 or V8 power. It honestly has a lot going for it, which is why many seek it out when purchasing a used SUV.

However, it’s important to know all the details before signing on the dotted line so we’ll go over what you should look at when you’re in the market for a used Ford Explorer. This will allow you to make the best possible decision and know about any issues before they become apparent in your own SUV.

Fuel Economy

Looking at the 2007 Explorer, the EPA rates the V6 and V8 4WD at 13 miles per gallon city and 18 miles per gallon highway. Honestly, this is a relatively average fuel economy number for a truck of the same size, but the Explorer falls behind a bit when comparing it to four-cylinder SUVs like the Forester or CR-V. That said, the 4WD Explorer can go for nearly 350 miles without stopping assuming you take off on your trip with a full 22.5-gallon tank.

Mechanical Components

You can get the Explorer in rear or four-wheel drive, offering independent rear and front suspension. As far as the powertrain is concerned, choices are a V6 five-speed automatic or V8 six-speed automatic. The base model is a 4.0-liter V6, and it’s more than powerful enough for daily driving needs. The 4.6-liter V8 is both quieter and more powerful. Both engines are known for lasting a long time with proper vehicle maintenance.

Ride and Handling

You’ll find that the Explorer has reasonable handling, but don’t expect anything resembling sporty handling. The ride is typically smooth and relatively quiet. For the 4×4 option, the all-wheel drive is noted to work well, even on steep hills and in snowy climates.

Safety Options

With the Ford Explorer, antilock brakes and the AdvanceTrac stability system comes standard. Also available are side and side curtain airbags. For Explorers made from 2009 and beyond you can get Trailer Sway Control as standard, as well. In the case of safety testing, the 2006 through 2010 Explorers receive five out of five stars in the front and side impact crash tests, with a three out of five in rollover testing.