Redesigned for the 2002 model year, the third-generation Ford Explorer XLT remains a celebrated vehicle even today as a result of its spirited powerplant and pleasant convenience features.
Ford’s famous mid-sized SUV comes packed with a darling of a motor in the XLT trim. The 4.0L flex-fuel V6 sends you effortlessly rumbling down the roads of Renton, Bellevue and Seattle due to the 210 HP at 5,100 revolutions per minute (RPM) output. Torque impresses as well, managing 254 lb.-ft. at 3,700 RPM. This performance is mated to an intuitive five-speed, column-mounted automatic transmission. The whole setup achieves an EPA-estimated 20 MPG highway.
Spiffy inclusions are noticeable throughout the interior and exterior, and it’s these details that truly put this automobile over the top. 16-inch silver steel rims gleam brightly, and the numeric pad on the driver’s door ensures you’re not locked out even if you misplace your key fob. Situated within, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is inviting. Further, fog lights aid with peace of mind while cruising, and front seats offer lumbar support for ultimate comfort.