• (3.7) 90 reviews
  • MSRP: $854$6,970
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 210-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2002 Ford Explorer

Our Take on the 2002 Ford Explorer

Our Take

Due in part to the Firestone tire debacle in 2000 and after several delays, Ford’s redesigned Explorer went on sale in February 2001 as a 2002 model. A corporate twin to the Mercury Mountaineer, the newest Explorer takes up where its popular predecessor left off, with some significant impro... Read Full Report


Our Expert Reviews

There aren't many nicer driving roads in North America than California's Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway One or simply the PCH.Our choice to negotiate the PCH, especially the twisty, mountainous route that snakes north from San Francisco toward Eureka, would be a little convertible or even a sport sedan.Instead, we found ourselves recently tackling this challengin... Read full review for the 2002 Ford Explorer

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Best vehicle I've ever owned!!!

by LoveMyExplorer21 from Middletown, Ohio on March 21, 2014

Bought a 2002 Explorer Limited 4WD with the 4.0L V6 used in 2010 with 110K miles and now I have 150K miles on it with no problems at all. All I've done is changed the oil every 3K miles, the tires at ... Read Full Review

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NHTSA Ratings

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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