2009 Ford Explorer

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$28,470

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2009 Ford Explorer

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Easy to drive and maneuver
  • Crash-test ratings of past models
  • Step-in height
  • Interior space

The bad:

  • V-6 performance
  • Fuel economy

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Side curtain airbags
  • New exterior colors
  • Capless refueling system
  • 292-hp V-8
  • Five- or six-speed automatic
  • Sync entertainment system
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Available power-folding third row

2009 Ford Explorer review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Explorer is Ford’s midsize SUV that seats five or seven people. There are three trim levels: XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited. The Explorer competes with the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Pathfinder.

New for 2009
The Explorer gets a standard trailer-sway control system and a new standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System that unlocks the doors and activates the horn and emergency flashers if the airbags deploy.

Exterior
Inspired by Ford’s F-150 pickup truck, the Explorer has a prominent grille and liftgate, as well as squared-off taillamps and dual-beam headlamps. The Explorer measures 193.4 inches long and 73.7 inches wide, making it the longest of the group.

  • Available 16-, 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard capless fueling system
  • Optional automatic headlamps (standard on Eddie Bauer and Limited models)
  • Optional reverse sensing system (standard on Limited)
  • Optional moonroof

Interior
Seating for five occupants is standard, but an optional flat-folding third-row seat (standard on Limited) ups seating capacity to seven. The 60/40-split folding second row can be reclined. Passenger volume comes in at 106.4 cubic feet for the five-seater. That’s smaller than the Grand Cherokee and Pathfinder. The seven-seater has 145.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. There’s 45.1 cubic feet of cargo space when the Explorer has two rows, which is more than either the TrailBlazer or Grand Cherokee offers. The Pathfinder comes with three rows standard.

  • Available cloth or leather seating
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power locks and windows
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (optional on Eddie Bauer, standard on Limited)
  • Optional Sync system (standard on Eddie Bauer and Limited)
  • Optional navigation system (on Eddie Bauer and Limited)

Under the Hood
When properly equipped, a V-6-equipped Explorer can tow up to 5,395 pounds, versus 7,310 pounds in models with V-8 power.

  • 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with 254 pounds-feet of torque
  • 292-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with 300 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five- (V-6) or six-speed automatic transmission (V-8)
  • Two- or four-wheel-drive

Safety
The trailer-sway control system works with the standard stability system to either apply the brakes or adjust engine response to help keep a trailer in line. Other safety features include:

  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability control
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System
  • Optional reverse sensing system (standard on Limited)

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great SUV

I bought mine used with an unknown history at a great price. Went through all the maintenance, repairs & services listed in the manual & haven't had a single problem with it in the 3 years I've owned it, except for the stability control sensor. Ive had it in the shop 3 times to fix the problem, but it persists. Any curves, sudden abrupt stops the RSC Alarm goes off. Even had the sensors replaced & still have the problem of the alarm going off. Runs great other than that & have over 200,000 miles on the motor. Id buy this year make & model again & highly recommend it to anyone.

4.3

Excellent vehicle.

This car meets all of our needs. We have a lot of experience with Ford Explorers, and this XLT does not disappoint. Strongly recommend this vehicle for anyone looking for a medium size SUV.

3.7

Good Vehichle to engage upon

2009 Ford Explorer AWD Drove very well depending were you live maybe 4x4 Space between the front and second seating Tight depending on third row seating and just Two pay close attention on Front end drive train on AWD.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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