New Ford Explorer Ratings

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    2002 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4x2

    Pros: The quietness of the engine when accelerating, the 3rd row seat and the dual climate controls for driver and passenger.

    Cons: The lack of side bolstering on the front seats and the placement of the heated seat bottom.

    Advice: If you can afford it, go with the Eddie Bauer or Limited model. They are more attractive in appearance and come with great standard features.

    This is a great SUV. Ford did a really good job when redesigning it. It is quiet at highway speeds, rides great, feels good when passing other vehicles, the heated seats keep you warm in cold weather, the 6 disc cd changer is located in the dash, the 3rd row seat is really useful when needing to carry more than 5 passengers, the dual climate controls in front are excellant for people that are of different hot and cold natures, the seperate climate controls for back seat passengers are also great. Like i said before, this is overall just a great SUV.

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    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x2

    Pros: The 3rd row seating

    Cons: Not being able to see the mileage and trip mileage at the same time.

    Advice: Go with the V8 model.

    I really like to V8 model. It drives very smooth and the steering is great. This vehicles handles just like a car. Easy manuevering (sp?) into spots.

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    2002 Ford Explorer - Limited 4x4

    Pros: Performance, Features and Towing Capacity

    Cons: Sloping cargo area with third seat down

    Advice: Avoid the 3rd seat unless you need it.

    This LTD version came with all the options and is performing flawlessly since driving it out of the dealership. Great power with the V8 and rides very comfortably. Lots of human engineering went into this new design. The only drawback being the sloping cargo floor when the third seat is down. Rolling objects will fall out when the hatch is opened.

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    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: The third seat in the rear

    Cons: The placement of the power lock switch in the rear. Its hidden.

    Advice: Buy it with the V8 engine. You get more power for towing.

    Ford really did it right with the independant 4 wheel suspension and the over all comfort of the vehicle. I love driving it.

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    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    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 OFFERING

    AS 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!

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    2002 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4x2

    Pros: New Styling

    Cons: No 3rd seat option for XLS model

    Advice: If your looking for low cost SUV, look at Explorer XLS model

    Looked 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....

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    2002 Ford Explorer - XLS 4x4

    Pros: handling characteristic

    Cons: grab handle on front passenger side

    Advice: I think its an excellent choice

    Acceleration from an on ramp to highway speeds somewhat sluggish with the air conditioner turned on. The back window rattles on bumpy roads. This model does not have cross bars for the roof rack. Overall, I'm pleased with appearance,roomy interior space and driveability. Extraordinarily stable in most all driving conditions...side winds, 18 wheelers passing, roundabouts, quick turns. An improved and pleasant driving experience from the older model Explorers.