(4.2) 31 reviews
MSRP: $1,396$8,196
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 16-18
Engine: 210-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (flexible; E85)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 5-7
2003 Ford Explorer


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It's a rather daunting task to review the Ford Explorer - it's not just that it's the world's best-selling sport-utility vehicle, but that there are so darn many to choose from. On the Edmunds.com site I counted 34 variants of the 4-door SUV, to say nothing of the 2-door and pickup permutations that fill out the list. (And then, of course, there are the variants offered w... Read full review for the 2003 Ford Explorer

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ford produces a very sound explorer

by spacechild from maumee,oh. on November 27, 2012

i bought the 03' 10 months ago,and have been very happy, minus the gas milege in the city (but it is a suv) i've used it in off road (nothing crazy) travel, extreme snow, it just eats it up. i bought ... Read Full Review

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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.

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Based on Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L

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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L

Overall Rollover Rating
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 7 recalls for this car.

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