New and Used Explorer Prices, Ford Explorer Model Years and History

Ford Explorer Models

2021 Ford Explorer trims

2021 Explorer

Ford designs cars people want to buy and the 2021 Explorer doesn't disappoint. The SUV is a well-rounded option in the mid-size industry.

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2020 Ford Explorer trims

2020 Explorer

With a redesigned model base, the Ford 2020 Explorer has substantial interior space, enough power to tow along a load while going on an adventure, and hybrid engine options.

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2019 Ford Explorer trims

2019 Explorer

The Explorer remains a staple to Ford’s fleet, as the carmaker continues its dominance of the SUV market.

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2018 Ford Explorer trims

2018 Explorer

This popular midsize SUV features a 4WD and a roomy interior that can seat up to seven passengers and plenty of additional cargo.

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2017 Ford Explorer trims

2017 Explorer

The ever-popular Ford Explorer has never waned in style since its inception, and is equally as appealing in its 2017 format.

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2016 Ford Explorer trims

2016 Explorer

Built to last. Award-winning. Domestically made. These all spell the facets of a reliable American SUV like the Ford Explorer.

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2015 Ford Explorer trims

2015 Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a modern, attractive and roomy crossover SUV with plenty of options, a powerful engine and a comfortable ride all around.

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2014 Ford Explorer trims

2014 Explorer

One of the best selling SUVs on the market, the 2014 Ford Explorer is now offered with an optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine for an impressive 365 hp.

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2013 Ford Explorer trims

2013 Explorer

Largely unchanged, the 2013 Ford Explorer is a FWD full-size crossover available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can achieve up to 28 mpg.

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2012 Ford Explorer trims

2012 Explorer

A full-size crossover, the 2012 Ford Explorer is capable of 28 mpg and comes fully equipped with convenient options like park assist and a terrain management system.

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2011 Ford Explorer trims

2011 Explorer

Entering a new chapter after 20 years in the Ford lineup, the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer matures to car-based utility vehicle while maintaining its premium touches.

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2010 Ford Explorer trims

2010 Explorer

The 2010 Ford Explorer is a full-size SUV that has optional seating for up to seven passengers and a choice between RWD, 4WD, and AWD.

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2009 Ford Explorer trims

2009 Explorer

A traditional mid-size SUV, the 2009 Ford Explorer features the type of towing and off-road features normally associated with trucks.

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2008 Ford Explorer trims

2008 Explorer

The SUV that started it all, the 2008 Ford Explorer now features Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags as a safety feature.

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2007 Ford Explorer trims

2007 Explorer

A mid-size sub, the 2007 Ford Explorer seats five-passengers but is available with an optional 3rd row of seating to expand capacity to fit seven people.

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2006 Ford Explorer trims

2006 Explorer

Totally restyled, the 2006 Ford Explorer is a seven-passenger mid-size SUV wearing an all-new look inside and out.

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2005 Ford Explorer trims

2005 Explorer

The 2005 Ford Explorer, a seven-passenger mid-size SUV, has been restyled and is available with 2WD or 4WD.

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2004 Ford Explorer trims

2004 Explorer

The 2004 Ford Explorer is one of the most popular mid-size SUVs of all time and offers an optional 3rd row to expand seating capacity to seven passengers.

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2003 Ford Explorer trims

2003 Explorer

A best selling mid-size SUV, the 2003 Ford Explorer is in the 2nd year of a redesign and continues to be a class-leader in style and safety features.

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About Explorer

Economical and capable, the Ford Explorer proved an attractive alternative to minivans. In 1998, the Ford Explorer was available as a three-door and more popular five-door variant. The three-door body style was discontinued from the Ford Explorer line-up after the 2003 model year. Starting in the 2001 model year, the Ford Explorer was available with an open pickup bed box version called the Sport Trac. The Ford Explorer Sport Trac model was produced through to 2010. Originally powered by a 4-liter V-6 engine, the 1996-model year revamp of the Ford Explorer provided a 5.0-liter V-8 option for consumers.

In 2000, the Ford Explorer was the subject of a highly publicized safety concern regarding its factory-equipped Firestone tires and rollover risk. Electronic stability control (a function designed to improve a driver’s ability to handle a vehicle through turning) was added standard throughout the Ford Explorer line during the 2006 model year. A third-generation Ford Explorer was introduced in 2002 with a major change coming with the replacement of a live rear axle suspension with a fully independent type. Between 1998 and 2002, the Ford Explorer accounted for over 400,000 per year in sales.

Due to increased competition from crossover vehicles, the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles sales plummeted to 52,190 in 2009. In 2011, a dramatic change came to the Ford Explorer. The truck-based frame was replaced by a unibody frame, making it a large crossover, the truck-based frame was replaced by a unibody frame effectively making it a large crossover. From 2011 to 2014, seven-passenger capacity and EcoBoost power has been available on the Ford Explorer.

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