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2006 Ford Explorer Sport Utility

4dr 114' WB 4.0L XLS

Starting at | Starting at 15 MPG City - 21 MPG Highway

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  • $26,530 original MSRP
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2006 Ford Explorer Sport Utility

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2006 Ford Explorer Sport Utility


2006 Ford Explorer

Source: The Car Connection


Since its debut in 1991, Ford has sold more than 5.5 million Explorers. So when Ford selected Lake Placid for its ride-and-drive Explorer debut for journalists because of the company's sponsorship of the Ironman Triathlon Competition, recently held there, it didn't come as a surprise. The Explorer's been the ironman for the company, selling strongly for nearly 15 years and turning in hefty profits for the Dearborn-based automaker.

For 2006, Ford is revamping the Explorer, after totally reworking the mid-size ute in 2002 with a stiffer body and an independent rear suspension. The changes for 2006 are more geared toward refinement of the existing package - new front and rear styling, updated drivetrains, and a new interior - but do enough to keep the truck fresh even as Ford sets its SUV sights on the crossover market.

This year, the Explorer offers up four trim levels - XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited - and two engine choices. The first is an improved 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 that meets ULEV standards and puts out 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, it can tow up to 5390 pounds, depending on whether it's outfitted with rear- or four-wheel drive.

The other engine choice is the three-valve 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 shared with the F-Series trucks. It delivers 292 horsepower (53 more than the two-valve V-8) and 300 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic, and endows the Explorer with a towing capacity of 7300 pounds (too, it adds about 100 pounds more to the truck's curb weight).

The land before crossovers

As Ford's own Freestyle has proven, crossover utes can provide nearly all the usable space of a bigger, truck-based SUV with easier in-and-out accessibility. But that doesn't make this Explorer a total has-been. It's easy to forget, behind the Explorer's freeway-familiar shape, that it's a pretty large vehicle that handles like something fairly small.

And it still sports more room than most of the current generation of car-based utes. The available third-row seat, for example, is one of the few really usable third-rows out on the market, with its 34.9 inches of legroom.

The flexibility that Ford bred into the Explorer in 2002 remains intact. Total cargo volume is 85.8 cubic feet, and available volume behind the third row is 13.6 cubic feet. The second- and third-row seats fold flat, in case you find yourself without kids and with some credit limit left at the grandfather-clock store.

Ford spent some extra time reworking the seats on the '06 model because, according to Chris Feuell, Ford's SUV group marketing manager, Explorer owners on average commute 70 miles roundtrip every day. They also take longer trips that involve spending 300-500 miles on the road at a time fairly often.

We can report that the driver's area is definitely user-friendly. Gauges are clear and easily read, the available steering wheel-based controls are ergonomically friendly and functional and temperature vents are ideally placed. Noticeably absent was a bin for sunglasses. Even though the Explorer had a sunroof, no matter how much storage is within reach of the driver there's still a need for a sunglasses holder.

The center console, especially on upper trim levels, is solid, yet elegant-looking. There's a large storage bin at your elbow, and behind the gearshift handle are the controls for the heater/air conditioner, audio system and higher up on the panel, an available DVD-based navigation system with a 6.5-inch LCD that's twice as bright as competitive models. It's one of the first systems in the industry able to announce upcoming street names, too.

This year's Explorer gets a new standard audio system, an AM/FM/CD unit with MP3 capability. The upmarket option is an AM/FM stereo with a six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, cassette unit, and a Sirius satellite digital audio receiver system.

And if there's such a term as "safety runs rampant," the Explorer is one of the few SUVs to really earn it. Ford reworked the entire safety package on the Explorer to include the latest multi-stage airbags, front-seat side airbags and AdvanceTrac stability control, on top of which, Ford has added its Roll Stability Control to keep the Explorer from pitching over in extreme accidents. Side curtain airbags are a new option. Braking has been enhanced with the standardization of four-wheel, four-channel anti-lock control.

Picks and nits

There are two major flaws in the '06 Explorer, and both of them are well-known to members of the design team. There is tremendous windshield glare from the dashboard and its decorative metal enhancements. From what I gathered, this will be addressed. (Our test vehicles were pre-production.)

The second problem is created by increased side-body safety. The door grip is located awkwardly below the stylized arm rest/power window buttons, door lock and door opener. Because of the location of added safety beams and other safety-related items it wasn't possible to put the door grips in their usual location. One may get used to them but their positioning caused considerable grumbling from my colleagues.

Styling? Well, that's your call. The previous edition had a sleek but anonymous smoothness. This Explorer seems to have gotten its jaw caught in a chroming machine. The end result, like it or not, is that it's pretty clear now which Ford utes are truck-based and which are car-based by grille alone.

Though the company added significant content to the new model, the average price was reduced $1750 from the '05 model. Base MSRP is $27,175 for the XLS; $28,870 for XLT; $30,845 for the Eddie Bauer edition; and $33,160 for the Limited. (All prices include $645 destination and delivery charges.)

2006 Ford Explorer

Base price: $27,175-$33,160

Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 210 hp/254 lb-ft; 4.6-liter V-8, 292 hp/300 lb-ft

Transmissions: Five-speed automatic (V-6); six-speed automatic (V-8); rear- or four-wheel drive

Wheelbase: 113.7 in

Length x width x height: 193.4 x 73.7 x 72.8 in

Safety equipment: Dual front and side airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control and Roll Stability Control; tire pressure monitor system

Major standard equipment: Cruise control; power locks/windows/mirrors; Class II trailer towing hitch

Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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