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Pros: Exterior look and available Leather package.
Cons: Wind noise at speeds above 55 mph
Advice: I'd suggest test driving at typical driving speed of 65-70 mph to test for wind noise.The Explorer Sport was a wonderful test drive. It was a smooth ride, much smoother than your typical 'pickup truck' feel of an SUV. Handling is good and stopping power with the ABS braking system is excellent. The only fault I can find with this vehicle is the increase of wind noise at vehicle speeds over 55 mph. I love the looks of the vehicle and the available leather seating package is a nice addition. Excellent sound system. The vehicle I test drove had a premium sound system with 6 CD in-dash changer. The sound system was also satellite radio ready. Very fun to drive and hauling cargo is a snap. The 60/40 split folding rear seats are easy to handle as well.
Pros: It has very good handling in traffic and on country roads
Cons: Placement of the gear shift lever is awkward
Advice: If you are looking for a 4 1/2 passenger smaller SUV with a lot of good features and good power and handling, this is a good choice.It has good handling on many different road surfaces and in traffic and on freeways as well as country roads. It has better window and mirror than on the other SUV's I sat in. I like its rugged looks, its versatility and its ample room as a small SUV.
Advice: consider a DurangoGot this as a company car about six months ago. So far it has been in the shop once, for a failed sunroof mechanism that is still not right. Overall, I have to say that the ergonomics as well as the fit and finish of the interior is of lesser quality than my old 1998 model. The interior, in general, feels like it went through a downgrade. Get in an Explorer, then get in an Escape. All the same switches and controls. Seats are less comfortable too. That being said, the Explorer is still a great warrior for the urban jungle. Great visibility, good turning radius, and tons of space. I love the new suspension, the engine and tranny (although the shift points take some time to get used to), and the new bodywork.
Pros: 7 PASSENGERM SEATING CAPABILITY
Cons: REAR HATCH DOES NOT LATCH PROPERLY ALL OF THE TIME- NEEDS TWO TO THREE TRIES AT TIMES!
Advice: MAKE SURE YOU GET ALL OF THE REBATES AND INCENTIVES THAT FORD IS OFFERINGAS SOON AS I DROVE THE TRUCK FOR THE FIRST TIME, I KNEW I HAD TO HAVE IT! THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS THAT THE TRUCK IS DRIVEN BY WIFE EVERY DAY- I ONLY GET TO DRIVE IT ON WEEKENDS! I LOVE THE SMOOTH AND QUICK ACCELERATION AND 'CADDY LIKE RIDE' OF THE NEW SUSPENSION!
Pros: New Styling
Cons: No 3rd seat option for XLS model
Advice: If your looking for low cost SUV, look at Explorer XLS modelLooked at numerous year end SUV offers. 2002 Ford Explorer 4x4 was by far the best choice. Awesome new styling. Quiet ride. Great room compared to other vehcles (Santa FE, Escape, CRV, etc.) in this price range ($24,500). Great Ford financing! 4.9 60 months, 3.9 36 months, 3.9 24 months....
Pros: Mid-sized truck and power
Cons: Sickening drivetrain quality
Advice: Dodge the Dodge! Don't buy it!Initially, the truck was great. It's a mid-sized truck which means it's a narrow version of a full-sized truck. This is good in city conditions. Power is great, which was also a deciding factor. The rear differential had to be rebuilt (under warranty) at about 8,000 miles. The transferred case had to be rebuilt (not under warranty) at about 36,000 miles. The transmission gave out at 53,000. One might think that the drive train fell apart under abuse, but I've had GM vehicles go 200,000 to 300,000 miles with only expected maintenance. Unfortunately, Dodge has all the modern quality assurance practices of 1935. I will never again buy another Chrysler product!
Cons: hard ride
Advice: good buygood hard working truck. good workmanship, no mechanical probelms in 5 years. hard ride but it is expected in a 3/4 ton.