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2009 Ford Explorer Sport Utility

4WD 4dr V6 XLT

Starting at | Starting at 13 MPG City - 19 MPG Highway

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  • $30,790 original MSRP
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2009 Ford Explorer Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Utility

The 2009 Explorer is a traditional body-on-frame SUV, which makes it attractive to buyers looking for the passenger-carrying capabilities of a mid-sized SUV combined with strong towing and off-road capability. Safety equipment, including standard stability control with a rollover sensor, plus a new Trailer Sway Control, will appeal to the family haulers. Another plus for those with large broods is the availability of third-row seating.

What's new for 2009?

Ford's tried-and-true Explorer sees a minimum of changes for 2009. Big news is a feature called Trailer Sway Control, which works with Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control system to counteract the erratic motions of the vehicle if a trailer begins to pitch. The system actively brakes individual wheels or reduces engine torque to help the driver regain control.

Model Strengths

  • Generous standard safety equipment
  • quiet cabin
  • balances city driving comfort with towing and off-road capability.

Model Review

The 2009 Ford Explorer is well positioned to compete against both truck- or car-based mid-sized SUVs. The body-on-frame construction will please those in need of towing capacity, while the independent rear suspension and stiffer frame enhance handling on paved surfaces. Optional third-row seating on all trim levels expands utility for larger families.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has thoroughly studied what other professionals had to say about the Ford Explorer in order to write this inclusive review. This review from TheCarConnection.com also includes firsthand descriptions from TheCarConnection.com's editors and compares the 2009 Explorer with other SUVs to give you solid, unbiased advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.

Back in the early 1990s, the Ford Explorer quickly became one of the most popular family vehicles. The current version of the Explorer, introduced in 2006, is the best one yet in terms of promising some truck-like towing and hauling ability while still also allowing comfortable and safe transport, but today there are better options for a roomy, versatile family vehicle.

In the Ford lineup, the 2009 Ford Explorer is just below the Expedition and ahead of the Taurus X, Flex, Edge, and Escape in terms of exterior size and capabilities. Technically a mid-size SUV, it is far from small and can be equipped to seat up to seven and tow up to an impressive 7,285 pounds.

The standard drivetrain for the Ford Explorer is a 210-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 matched with a five-speed automatic. There is an optional 292-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 powerplant that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both engines come with standard rear-wheel drive, and either can be mated with a choice of Ford's ControlTrac four-wheel drive or full-time all-wheel drive if you want extra traction.

Editors from TheCarConnection.com find the V-6 engine noisier than the V-8, as the smaller engine has to work harder to keep the Explorer hustling along. Interestingly, the mpg numbers for the V-8 with the six-speed transmission are better than those of the V-6. That clean exterior shape certainly helps keep wind noise to a minimum.

The AdvanceTrac (electronic stability control) system with roll stability control is standard. Performance in government crash tests is good.

Ford brings the Explorer into the 2009 model year with the familiar base XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited trim levels. A XLT Sport package joins the lineup for the 2009 as well. New standard features include Trailer Sway control that works with the AdvanceTrac and Roll Stability control to keep trailers under control during towing. Also available is the next-generation voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link.

People buy SUVs for their versatility and high seating position. The 2009 Ford Explorer delivers on both. The ride is smoother than that of other truck-based utes, and the independent rear suspension adds to its stability and responsive handling, but make no mistake--the Explorer is based on a truck platform and rides as such. If you want a more car-like ride, there are many crossovers to consider.

Editors of TheCarConnection.com are impressed with the interior quality of the Ford Explorer. Feature-wise, the 2009 Ford Explorer offers just about anything a buyer might want in an SUV, including a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a power-folding third-row seat (which increases the Explorer's seating capacity to seven).


The Bottom Line:

If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals.

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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
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

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 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 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 6 model years or newer / 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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