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If you’ve been shopping around for a SUV, you’ve surely discovered that this particular segment doesn’t offer many affordable vehicles. If you’re looking for a capable, modern ride, you’ll have to dish out a good amount of money to acquire a new SUV. Therefore, while customers may be targeting this segment, they’ll soon learn that they’re priced out of these offerings.

Fortunately, there is a way that drivers can acquire an SUV for a fraction of the price of a new vehicle. By opting for a used Ford Explorer, you can appreciate everything that the brand has to offer, including powerful engines, a number of convenience features, and an array of innovative technologies. Best of all, these vehicles won’t be nearly as pricey as their newer counterparts.

For those seeking an excellent deal and a relatively new vehicle, it’s probably best to focus on the fourth generation of the Ford Explorer. Fortunately, the brand consistently produced a number of capable and highly-regarded SUVs during this five-year span.

Best of all, it isn’t all that difficult to come across one of these used Ford Explorers. A number of dealerships will surely feature the fourth-generation SUV on their lots. For example, McCluskey Chevrolet in Cincinnati, Ohio is selling one of these Explorers for only $7,000. Considering a 2017 model will cost at least $31,000, this is an absolutely brilliant deal.

If you’ve been considering a used Ford Explorer, see why the fourth-generation of the SUV may be the best and most cost-efficient option…


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The Ford Explorer’s fifth generation took over in 2011, which also happened to be the model’s 20th year on the market. However, the SUV underwent some major changes during this transition, essentially making the fourth-generation Explorer the last of its kind. The new SUV’s revamped unibody structure was based on the D4 platform, thus transforming the standard SUV into a crossover. Therefore, Ford has essentially been absent from the midsize SUV market since 2011 (although this will change following the release of the Ford Bronco in 2020).

The vehicle, which was equipped with both front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, was originally equipped with a 3.5-liter TiVCT V6 engine, which could pump out 290 horsepower and 255 pounds-feet of torque. These units were either accompanied by a six-speed 6F automatic transmission or a six-speed 6F SelectShift automatic transmission

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2006 Ford Explorer

2006 Ford Explorer

By the time 2006 came around, Ford was clearly looking to change up their Explorer. The SUV’s third generation hadn’t gone so well, as the model was named the “Worst Vehicle on Record” by CarComplaints.com in 2002. These issues were mostly attributed to the faulty transmission, although several of the interior and exterior attributes were also blasted. The vehicle didn’t improve much over the next few years, ranking in the top-10 in these “worst vehicles” polls in both 2003 and 2004.

As the brand looked to usher in the fourth generation of the SUV, engineers completely revamped the Ford Explorer for the 2006 model year. The changes clearly worked, as the vehicle was ultimately nominated as the North American Truck of the Year.

As a result of the addition of Ford’s new crossover utility vehicle, the Ford Freestyle, the Explorer’s chassis was slightly upsized, allowing engineers to add power-folding seats in the third row. Furthermore, the vehicle’s rear suspension was completely redesigned, leading to better overall performance. Meanwhile, the brand made several of their optional technological offerings, including a tire pressure monitoring system and the electronic stability control, standard on the SUV. Ford even included the innovative power running board, making it incredibly easy to enter the larger vehicle. As a finishing touch, engineers included the one-piece rear lift gate, eliminating the issues that accompanied previous iterations of the feature.

Speaking of performance, the Explorer still featured the same 4.0-liter V6 engine (as well as a slightly-revised five-speed automatic transmission), which was capable of pumping out an impressive 210 horsepower and 254 pounds-feet of torque. For those seeking even more muscle, the 4.6-liter V8 engine was capable of delivering 292 horsepower and 315 pounds-feet of torque. This unit was accompanied by a new six-speed automatic transmission, leading to improved handling and performance.

These power specs were actually stark improvements over the engines featured during the Explorer’s third generation. The previous 4.0-liter engine was only capable of cranking out 210 horsepower and 254 pounds-feet of torque, while the 4.6-liter V8 pumped out 239 horsepower and 282 pounds-feet of torque.


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  • 2007 Ford Explorer

    2007 Ford Explorer

    The next year’s model saw several additions that improved the entire driving experience. The AUX input was a modern addition, providing drivers with additional ways to enjoy their favorite music. Those previously-mentioned power running boards were made optional, and engineers included a number of additional optional amenities, like a heated windshield and heated leather seats.

    The vehicle still included the same pair of engine options that were present in the 2006 version of the Ford Explorer: the 210-horsepower, 254-pounds-feet-of-torque 4.0-liter engine and the 292-horsepower, 315-pounds-feet-of-torque 4.6-liter V8. That V8 engine was a main selling point of the Sport Trac trim, which also included AdvanceTrac capabilities and Roll Stability Control.


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  • 2008 Ford Explorer

    2008 Ford Explorer

    The 2008 version of the Ford Explorer saw several additions to the safety capabilities. Engineers included new side curtain airbags, meaning occupants were now provided top-of-the-class protection. Technologically, the addition of the satellite navigation system (with the innovative voice control capabilities) was the biggest addition. The unit was capable of guiding drivers during their journey, and drivers could access the system without lifting a single finger.

    As is common in the automotive industry, there were also several features that were subtracted for the 2008 model. The power running board was eliminated due to consistent issues with retraction. Fortunately, engineers didn’t take away either of the two engines, and the specs remained consistent.


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  • 2009 Ford Explorer

    2009 Ford Explorer

    Technology was clearly a priority for engineers as they were designing the 2009 version of the Ford Explorer. The SUV saw several notable additions, including a trailer sway control system. This was an especially useful feature that paired perfectly with either the 4.0-liter engine or the 4.6-liter V8 engine.

    Meanwhile, the brand’s new navigation system saw a bit of an upgrade. The technology now included traffic flow monitoring, so drivers could better anticipate any hold ups and find alternative routes. The system also included prices at local gas stations, so drivers didn’t need to go hunting for the best possible deals.


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  • 2010 Ford Explorer

    2010 Ford Explorer

    Security was the name of the game for the 2010 Ford Explorer, as engineers included the brand’s MyKey feature to the SUV. These individual keys are programmed with a number of settings that will accommodate the operator and the owner of the vehicle. For instance, owners could set a top speed, volume control, and a variety of useful reminders (including notifications to connect a seat belt, monitor fuel, or check the speed). These MyKeys were especially useful for drivers who were going to share their Explorer with their son or daughter, and rental companies also found the technology particularly helpful.


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  • 2011 Ford Explorer

    2011 Ford Explorer

    Compared to the previous generations, the 2011 model saw a lot of significant changes. For example, the Explorer made its debut with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. A six speed automatic was the transmission of choice, and the Explorer was available in either front or all-wheel drive. Two-wheel drive fuel-efficiency rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

    Regardless of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the 2011 Explorer was praised for its comfortable ride and smooth handling. On top of that, it boasted a high-class interior (that’s of good quality), and plenty of high-tech features, like an automatic parallel-parking system, blind-spot warning system, xenon headlamps, heated front seats, and a Sony sound system with HD radio.


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  • 2012 Ford Explorer

    2012 Ford Explorer

    In 2012, the Explorer still featured an upscale cabin, an abundance of high-tech features, and continued to provide an exceptional ride. But, a new four-cylinder engine came available this year.

    The four-cylinder engine in question is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which put out 240 horsepower/270 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s slower than the 3.5-liter V6 engine, but gets great fuel economy, returning 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway. On the downside, that 2.0-liter engine is only available for the front-wheel drive model Explorer. However, it’s still an engine that provides the performance of a six-cylinder and the fuel-efficiency of a four-cylinder.

    The 2012 Explorer remains available in base, XLT, and Limited trim levels at this point in time. As you go up in trim and price, the amount of standard features increases. There are a few optional packages kicking around as well, like the safety-focused Rapid Spec package, Driver Connect Package, and a Tow Package. For the savvier buyer, stand alone options are available as well, such as a dual-panel sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system (dual-mounted headrest displays), and a navigation system.


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    2013 Ford Explorer

    2013 Ford Explorer

    In 2013, the Explorer Sport trim was added into the lineup. It’s a performance-oriented all-wheel drive model, with a sport-tuned suspension. The engine in question is a 3.5-liter V6, but with Ford’s EcoBoost (turbocharger) technology integrated, producing 365 horsepower/350 lb.-ft. of torque, which is the same engine found in the performance-focused Taurus SHO at the time. Of course, the other two engines — 3.5-liter V6 (not turbocharged) and 2.5-liter EcoBoost — are sill available for the other trims.

    Trim level aside, all 2013 Explorers got a new front-passenger knee airbag, as well as a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, lane-departure warning/lane keep assist, and a heated steering wheel included on the Limited trim level. If you opt for an Explorer with the xenon headlights, you’ll also get automatic high-beam control.


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    2014 Ford Explorer

    By 2014, the Explorer was winning top safety crash test scores from both the IIHS and the NHTSA, making it one of the safest crossover SUVs on the market. In order to aid in the Explorer’s safety, Ford made automatic headlights standard on all trim levels.

    Rear parking sensors are also standard on the base trim Explorer, along with stability/traction control, trailer sway control, and plenty of airbags. A rearview camera is optional, along with frontal collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning/lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and inflatable seatbelt for passengers in the second row.

    No new engines were added for this year, but the Explorer still has versatility when it comes to its performance, thanks to its performance-oriented, fuel-efficient engine, featuring increased power for towing and acceleration. Overall, it remains a balanced crossover SUV, offering something for everyone.


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  • 2015 Ford Explorer

    2015 Ford Explorer

    For the final year of this generation, the Ford Explorer received a new Appearance package for the XLT trim, but very minor changes to standard and optional equipment.

    It retains its upscale cabin and plethora of technological safety features. The 2015 Explorer can be either fuel-efficient or performance-oriented. Either way, drivers and passengers alike experience an exceptional and comfortable ride. For some, it might feel like driving a full-size truck as opposed to a crossover SUV. If that’s an issue, then a fifth gen Explorer might not be for you. But if you don’t mind that, then the only drawback is that it offers less rear seat and cargo room compared to its same-segment rivals.


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