1997 Ford Explorer

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15 reviews
Available Price Range $210-$5,026 Trims15 Combined MPG 16-20 Seats 5

Our Take on the 1997 Ford Explorer

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What do you really want in a sport-utility vehicle? Sure, somewhere in the back of your mind you see yourself on some remote dirt road, far from freeways and commuting, close to a stunning sunset reflected in a pristine mountain lake. But if you're like most, the real-world gotta-have checklist is different. Lots of interior space, a pleasant ride and enough power to keep up with the herd ... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

3.8 out of 5

Based on 15 reviews

It just won't stop

by truchtec from Minnesota on April 29, 2010

I bought this explore for 2k about three years ago. it had over 196000 miles on it and I just needed something to get me around seeing that the car I owned at the time died. my explore now has over 26... Read Full Review

15 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 12 recalls for this car.

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