Description: Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: $26,530 - $35,940
Invoice Price Range: $24,252 - $32,626
Where built: USA
Ford's mid-size SUV best-seller scores a makeover for 2006 with fresh styling outside and a fresh cabin design inside loaded with new features. There are rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) versions and trim designations of XLS, XLT, luxurious Eddie Bauer and elite Limited. In the cabin, Explorer gains new trim work, a revamped instrument panel with stylish gauges, plus a PowerFold bench seat on Row 3 for seven-person capacity.
Powertrain upgrades also apply to Explorer, including the optional new single-cam 4.6-liter V8 engine, which delivers 292 hp through a new six-speed automatic transmission and elevates Explorer's towing capacity to 7300 pounds. The standard 4.0-liter single-cam V6 plant upgrades to achieve ULEV II emissions status.
Stock safety equipment on all models rises with ABS and side-impact air bags for front seat, plus options like Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control computer-linked anti-skid equipment and curtain-style side air bags.