We bought our 2009 Explorer XLT with 24,000 miles on it. We have the optional third seat, which is nice to have, but not nice to actually use. I would get claustrophobic if I had to sit back there. Ou...
We bought our 2009 Explorer XLT with 24,000 miles on it. We have the optional third seat, which is nice to have, but not nice to actually use. I would get claustrophobic if I had to sit back there. Our Explorer does have the optional rear seat heat/air conditioning -- this is fantastic.
Exterior styling is nice, but the interior styling is just plain strange. The door handles are awkward and the shifter knob looks bizarre. The standard radio looks like an afterthought the way it is stuffed in the center stack.
We have the base 4.0L 6 cylinder; it is perfectly suitable for the Explorer. It won't win any races, but it has enough performance to get you into traffic quickly. It provides probably the best compromise between performance and gas mileage.
We haven't owned this Explorer yet through a winter, so I can't really evaluate the 4 wheel drive. I do like the fact that the 4 wheel drive has several touch-button settings and that you can just leave it on an automatic setting all the time. If you hit a slippery spot, the power is sent to the correct wheel(s) automatically.
We feel very safe in the Explorer and I am optimistic about its long term reliability.
A few short thoughts:
We average 17-18 city and 21-22 mpg highway.
If you need more room and a usable third seat, get a mini-van.
This has got to be the quietest vehicle I've ever owned.
My wife wanted the SUV, I prefer to drive a car. If you want an SUV I think you'd be very happy with the Explorer. Good performance, good gas mileage, should be reliable and is a nice looking vehicle. I just wish I could have a few minutes alone with whoever designed the stupid door handles...