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2006 Ford Explorer
2006 Ford Explorer
Available Price Range $3,346-$12,014 Trims14 Combined MPG 17-18 Seats 5-7

Our Take on the 2006 Ford Explorer

Our Take

Ford has reworked its midsize sport utility vehicle for the 2006 model year, dubbing it "the best Explorer ever" and "the most powerful." Mercury has given its related Mountaineer similar treatment for 2006.In its new form, the 4.6-liter V-8, with three valves per cylinder, generates 292 horsepow... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • V-6 performance
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features

  • Fully independent suspension
  • V-6 or new 292-hp V-8
  • Five- or six-speed automatic
  • Optional Safety Canopy system
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Available navigation system
  • Available power-folding third-row seat


Our Expert Reviews

The very mention of the Ford Explorer can still raise eyebrows. Some motorists - typically those who are not sport-utility vehicle drivers - will still ask, "Wasn't there some bad news about the Explorer a few years back? What was it?"It was about vehicle rollovers, it involved millions of replacement tires on Explorers, and it was more than five years ago. Like most controversies involvi... Read full review for the 2006 Ford Explorer

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Exploratia 2.0

by Wide-eyed Wanderer from Greenwood, In on September 28, 2011

I purchased my beautiful Two-toned (White with Tan undercarriage) 06' Eddie Bauer Explorer in 08' with 21k miles on it. I now have 65k miles on it after 3 years of ownership. The good: I was instantly... Read Full Review

14 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 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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