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2010 Ford Explorer

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$4,748 — $16,024 USED
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Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
16-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2010 Ford Explorer exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2010 Ford Explorer
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Capless refueling system
  • 292-hp V-8
  • Five- or six-speed automatic
  • Sync multimedia system
  • Stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Available power-folding third row

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

New for 2010
There are no significant changes to the 2010 Explorer.

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. An optional XLT Sport Package adds black-accented headlights and grille, a step bar and more aggressive front styling.
  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard capless fueling system
  • Optional 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional automatic headlamps
  • Optional reverse sensing system
  • Optional moonroof


Interior
Seating for five occupants is standard, but an optional flat-folding third-row seat ups seating capacity to seven. The 60/40-split folding second row can be reclined. The navigation system features real-time traffic in select areas and weather updates, and it can find local gas prices, movie times and sports scores.
  • Standard cloth seating
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power locks and windows
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional Sync multimedia system
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional rear air conditioning


Under the Hood
When properly equipped, a V-6-equipped Explorer can tow up to 5,395 pounds, and V-8 models can pull 7,310 pounds.
  • 210-horsepower, 4.0-...
Vehicle Overview
The Explorer is Ford's midsize truck-based SUV that seats five or seven people. There are three trim levels: XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited. The Explorer competes with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Borrego and Nissan Pathfinder.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes to the 2010 Explorer.

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. An optional XLT Sport Package adds black-accented headlights and grille, a step bar and more aggressive front styling.
  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard capless fueling system
  • Optional 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels
  • Optional automatic headlamps
  • Optional reverse sensing system
  • Optional moonroof


Interior
Seating for five occupants is standard, but an optional flat-folding third-row seat ups seating capacity to seven. The 60/40-split folding second row can be reclined. The navigation system features real-time traffic in select areas and weather updates, and it can find local gas prices, movie times and sports scores.
  • Standard cloth seating
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power locks and windows
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional Sync multimedia system
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional rear air conditioning


Under the Hood
When properly equipped, a V-6-equipped Explorer can tow up to 5,395 pounds, and V-8 models can pull 7,310 pounds.
  • 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-, four- or all-wheel drive


Safety
A 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


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
39 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Easiest Car Dealership to deal with.

by Patty from Washington, Ct on November 9, 2018

I have owned Fords for many years, just got another Ford Explorer, had a Explorer Sport-but they don't make them anymore! Love this type, roomy car, lots of power, goes in any weather, very ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable and flexible interior!

by Thor'sdad from New York. NY on October 28, 2018

So reliable, never any engine or transmission issues. 4x4 did not get stopped by snow; loved the easy switch from 7 seats to 2 ! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Ford Explorer currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Ford Explorer XLT

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Explorer received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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