• (4.3) 56 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,890$11,378
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-18
  • Engine: 210-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2006 Ford Explorer

Our Take on the 2006 Ford Explorer

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

2006 Ford Explorer Reviews

Cars.com 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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Consumer Reviews


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Traded one Explorer for another

by Explorer Enthusiast from Los Angeles on March 30, 2012

I have driven a Ford Explorer since 2003, when I purchased my first one. It has been such an all purpose design for me that I practically live in it. I am constantly on the road with it. It is great f... Read Full Review

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2006 Ford Explorer Safety Ratings

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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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