Based on a truck platform unlike modern crossovers, the 2004 Ford Explorer was always well-received by those attracted by the promise of a rugged, capable machine that wasn’t adverse to off-road activities. However, the Limited model delivers a host of luxurious benefits that polish the overall package.
On the exterior, the mid-sized SUV features one immediately noticeable upgrade over lower trim variants—the rims. Included 17-inch chrome wheels dazzle, easily trumping the 16-inch silver aluminum sets sported on the XLS, XLT, NBX and Eddie Bauer editions. The mirrors are different, too—fully heated on the Limited, meaning you won’t have to meddle with ice or condensation on the glass during unfortunate weather events.
The interior of Ford’s creation raises the bar versus the competition, as well. You are greeted by supple leather seats, and all front cushions for both driver and passenger are heated. When it’s hot as opposed to cold, however, the dual-zone automatic air conditioning will help you chill out. And finally, the sunroof lets in a beautiful amount of light on nice days, cheering up the entire cabin.