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Old 09-02-2011, 12:32 PM
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2005 Ford Explorer XLT

Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

The 2005 Ford Explorer has been a very reliable vehicle for close to seven years now. The XLT is easy to drive and very comfortable. It is also more stylish than the Chevy Trail Blazer, the other car in this class we considered at the time of purchase. Starting in 2005, the Explorer came with standard anti lock brakes and AdvanceTrac, an electronic stability system that was designed to decrease the chances of rolling the vehicle. Occasionally, the AdvnaceTrac on my Explorer will engage improperly and create a grinding noise similar to the sound of problematic power steering. If I press the button to turn it off, the problem subsides. My Explorer has the third seat, which allows for a seating total of seven. The third seat is relatively comfortable for adult passengers, though it is a little small and does not have a ton of leg room. The third seat folds down quite easily and creates ample space for luggage. The XLT also has a power driver's seat with lumbar support, and a very attractive front console which includes a computer display with outside temperature, compass, systems check, and "miles until empty" gas gauge feature. One issue with the power driver's seat, however, is that it has no setting to hold or memorize a position. Since the seat moves forward and back, as well as an up and down tilt, I find it difficult to return the seat to a desired position after it has been moved. Listed MPG was 14-16 city, 18-21 highway. I have consistently averaged 18 mpg in my combined highway/city commute. I have had to do nothing but regular maintenance thus far on the Explorer as well.

The 2005 Ford Explorer has exceeded my expectations and is a value for its price.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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