2009 Ford Explorer Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$28,470-$39,180
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What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard Trailer Sway Control system added
  • Sport package added to XLT trim level
  • Next-generation navigation system available with Sirius Travel Link
  • 20-inch wheels are now optional
Overview
The Ford Explorer is an American icon sport utility vehicle (SUV), and was once the best-selling midsize SUV in North America. Introduced in 1990 as a replacement for the Ford Bronco II, the Explorer was given a major redesign in 2002 and a freshening in 2006. The 2009 midsize Explorer retains its body-on-frame chassis, which contributes to its 1520-pound payload capability and 7310-pound maximum towing capacity. This rugged utility vehicle's platform also forms the underpinnings of stablemate Mercury Mountaineer. Whether configured with the standard V-6 engine (manufactured in Cologne, Germany) or the V-8 powerplant (built at Ford's engine plant in Romeo, Michigan), all models of the Explorer are offered with a choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) powertrains. The midsize Explorer can seat up to 7 passengers with the addition of an available third-row seat (with an optional power-fold feature). With the rear seats down, the Explorer has 85.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Ford Explorer is available in three trim levels: XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited. Each is offered with a choice between RWD or 4WD. Standard equipment on the XLT includes air conditioning; cloth upholstery; 6-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; second-row split-folding seat; rear cargo-management system; AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; cruise control; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; vehicle information center; roof rails; Class II trailer towing hitch; fog lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and P235/70R16 tires on alloy wheels. The XLT Sport package features Charcoal Black cloth seats; white instrument cluster; all-weather floor mats; black accent wheel lops; exterior step bar; and special fascia. The Sport package also includes the following paint colors: Sport Blue, Colorado Red, Brilliant Silver and Black.

Ford's higher-end Eddie Bauer model, which is based on accessories and a look created with Washington-based sports clothing store Eddie Bauer, adds leather seats; 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat; keypad entry; auto-dimming rearview mirror; automatic headlights; running boards; Ford Sync communications and entertainment system; and P245/65R17 tires. The top-line Limited model has rear park assist; heated front seats; power-adjustable pedals; memory for the driver's seat and pedals; 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; third-row split-folding seat; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated mirrors; 290-watt Audiophile sound system with 6-disc CD changer; steering wheel audio controls; and P235/65R18 tires. Options include a navigation system with voice activation; Sirius satellite radio; power-folding third-row seat; second-row bucket seats; universal garage door opener; rear DVD entertainment system; power-retracting running boards; and a sunroof.

Powertrain
The 2009 Ford Explorer comes with two engine choices. The standard 4.0-liter V-6 engine produces 210 hp and 254 lb.-ft. of torque when mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, V-6 models can tow up to 5390 pounds. The optional engine is a dual-overhead-cam 4.6-liter V-8 with 3 valves per cylinder that generates 292 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The larger V-8 engine is coupeed to a 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2009 Explorer powered by the V-6 engine are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway for RWD and 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway with 4WD. The 8-cylinder version with RWD is estimated at 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway, while the 4WD model with the V-8 earned EPA fuel-economy ratings of 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

Safety
The big news for 2009 is the addition of the standard Trailer Sway Control system. The system is designed to assist the driver in regaining stability if a towed trailer begins to oscillate out of control. The feature works with Ford's traction control and electronic stability control with roll control systems. Ford Explorer's other standard safety equipment includes: dual front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; first- and second-row head-protecting curtain side air bags with rollover deployment; tire-pressure monitor; and ABS. Rear Park Assist is standard on the Limited and optional otherwise.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Ford Explorer earned 5 stars for the driver and front passenger in the front-impact test (the agency's highest rating) and 5 stars for protection of front- and rear-seat passengers in the side-impact test. Explorer received 3 stars in rollover tests. Although Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings were not available on the 2009 Explorer, ratings for the 2008 model were \"Good\" (the Institute's highest rating) in frontal offset tests and \"Acceptable\" in side-impact tests.

Technology
In addition to offering the Ford Sync communication and entertainment system that provides a hands-free link to cell phones and MP3 players through a series of voice commands, the 2009 Explorer offers a voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link. The next-generation navigation system and software allows the driver to access up-to-the-minute traffic information in any of 78 markets. The system also provides information on current gas prices from an estimated 120,000 service stations and offers weather conditions, sports scores and other listings.

What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard Trailer Sway Control system added
  • Sport package added to XLT trim level
  • Next-generation navigation system available with Sirius Travel Link
  • 20-inch wheels are now optional
Overview
The Ford Explorer is an American icon sport utility vehicle (SUV), and was once the best-selling midsize SUV in North America. Introduced in 1990 as a replacement for the Ford Bronco II, the Explorer was given a major redesign in 2002 and a freshening in 2006. The 2009 midsize Explorer retains its body-on-frame chassis, which contributes to its 1520-pound payload capability and 7310-pound maximum towing capacity. This rugged utility vehicle's platform also forms the underpinnings of stablemate Mercury Mountaineer. Whether configured with the standard V-6 engine (manufactured in Cologne, Germany) or the V-8 powerplant (built at Ford's engine plant in Romeo, Michigan), all models of the Explorer are offered with a choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) powertrains. The midsize Explorer can seat up to 7 passengers with the addition of an available third-row seat (with an optional power-fold feature). With the rear seats down, the Explorer has 85.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Ford Explorer is available in three trim levels: XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited. Each is offered with a choice between RWD or 4WD. Standard equipment on the XLT includes air conditioning; cloth upholstery; 6-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; second-row split-folding seat; rear cargo-management system; AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; cruise control; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; vehicle information center; roof rails; Class II trailer towing hitch; fog lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and P235/70R16 tires on alloy wheels. The XLT Sport package features Charcoal Black cloth seats; white instrument cluster; all-weather floor mats; black accent wheel lops; exterior step bar; and special fascia. The Sport package also includes the following paint colors: Sport Blue, Colorado Red, Brilliant Silver and Black.

Ford's higher-end Eddie Bauer model, which is based on accessories and a look created with Washington-based sports clothing store Eddie Bauer, adds leather seats; 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat; keypad entry; auto-dimming rearview mirror; automatic headlights; running boards; Ford Sync communications and entertainment system; and P245/65R17 tires. The top-line Limited model has rear park assist; heated front seats; power-adjustable pedals; memory for the driver's seat and pedals; 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; third-row split-folding seat; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated mirrors; 290-watt Audiophile sound system with 6-disc CD changer; steering wheel audio controls; and P235/65R18 tires. Options include a navigation system with voice activation; Sirius satellite radio; power-folding third-row seat; second-row bucket seats; universal garage door opener; rear DVD entertainment system; power-retracting running boards; and a sunroof.

Powertrain
The 2009 Ford Explorer comes with two engine choices. The standard 4.0-liter V-6 engine produces 210 hp and 254 lb.-ft. of torque when mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, V-6 models can tow up to 5390 pounds. The optional engine is a dual-overhead-cam 4.6-liter V-8 with 3 valves per cylinder that generates 292 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The larger V-8 engine is coupeed to a 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2009 Explorer powered by the V-6 engine are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway for RWD and 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway with 4WD. The 8-cylinder version with RWD is estimated at 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway, while the 4WD model with the V-8 earned EPA fuel-economy ratings of 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

Safety
The big news for 2009 is the addition of the standard Trailer Sway Control system. The system is designed to assist the driver in regaining stability if a towed trailer begins to oscillate out of control. The feature works with Ford's traction control and electronic stability control with roll control systems. Ford Explorer's other standard safety equipment includes: dual front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; first- and second-row head-protecting curtain side air bags with rollover deployment; tire-pressure monitor; and ABS. Rear Park Assist is standard on the Limited and optional otherwise.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Ford Explorer earned 5 stars for the driver and front passenger in the front-impact test (the agency's highest rating) and 5 stars for protection of front- and rear-seat passengers in the side-impact test. Explorer received 3 stars in rollover tests. Although Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings were not available on the 2009 Explorer, ratings for the 2008 model were \"Good\" (the Institute's highest rating) in frontal offset tests and \"Acceptable\" in side-impact tests.

Technology
In addition to offering the Ford Sync communication and entertainment system that provides a hands-free link to cell phones and MP3 players through a series of voice commands, the 2009 Explorer offers a voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link. The next-generation navigation system and software allows the driver to access up-to-the-minute traffic information in any of 78 markets. The system also provides information on current gas prices from an estimated 120,000 service stations and offers weather conditions, sports scores and other listings.

Available Trims for the 2009 Ford Explorer
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name XLT (RWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28470.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name XLT (RWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29780.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 15/21
Name Eddie Bauer (RWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 31615.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name Eddie Bauer (RWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32925.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 15/21
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35550.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name Limited (RWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 36860.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 15/21
Name XLT (4WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30790.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name XLT (4WD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32100.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name Eddie Bauer (4WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33935.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name Eddie Bauer (4WD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35245.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name XLT (AWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30790.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name XLT (AWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32100.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name Eddie Bauer (AWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33935.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name Eddie Bauer (AWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35245.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 37870.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name Limited (4WD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 39180.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name Limited (AWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 37870.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name Limited (AWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 39180.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth low-back front sport bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, manual recline, manual driver lumbar support
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row seat
  • Mid series floor console w/floor shift handle
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Color-keyed leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio & climate controls
  • Tilt steering column
  • 2-line message center-inc: outside temp
  • Pwr windows-inc: one-touch-down driver window
  • Pwr door locks
  • Speed control
  • Remote keyless entry-inc: (2) key fobs
  • SecuriLock/immobilizer anti-theft system
  • Accessory delay for windows & audio
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defogger
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Overhead console
  • Color-keyed cloth sunvisors -inc: illum visor vanity mirrors
  • Pwr points-inc: (2) front, (1) second row
  • (3) grab handles
  • (4) color-keyed coat hooks
  • Center dome lamp w/1st & 2nd row map lights
  • Cargo area center dome lamp
  • Illuminated entry
  • Cargo shade (not included with 3rd row)
  • (4) load floor tie-down hooks
  • Cargo management system
  • Leather-trimmed heated low-back front sport bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat, pwr driver/manual passenger lumbar supports
  • 4-line message center-inc: outside temp & compass
  • SecuriCode remote keyless entry-inc: (2) key fobs
  • Keyless entry pad
  • Woodgrain accents
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Leather-trimmed heated low-back front sport bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat w/memory, 6-way pwr passenger seat, pwr driver/manual passenger lumbar supports
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row seat w/recline
  • Pwr fold-flat 3rd row seat
  • High series floor console -inc: leather-wrapped floor shift handle, wrapped arm rest
  • Homelink universal home remote
  • Reverse sensing-inc: radar backup aid
  • Pwr adjustable pedals w/memory
  • Dual zone automatic temperature control -inc: aux climate control
  • Unique woodgrain accents
EXTERIOR
  • 16" painted aluminum wheels
  • P235/70R16 all-season OWL tires
  • Full-size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Black roof side rails w/black end caps & crossbars
  • Body-color front/rear bumpers
  • Body-color wheel lip molding
  • Chrome 4-bar design grille
  • Dual beam headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Folding pwr mirrors -inc: security approach lamps & molded in color skull caps
  • Privacy glass -inc: rear door, rear quarter, liftgate glass
  • Speed-sensitive intermittent front wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper/washer
  • One-piece liftgate w/pop-up flip glass
  • Body-color door handles
  • 17" painted aluminum wheels
  • P245/65R17 all-season OWL tires
  • Two-tone front/rear bumpers
  • Body-color body-side molding
  • Accent color wheel lip molding
  • Accent color step bars
  • Chrome 3-bar design nostril grille
  • Automatic on/off dual beam headlamps
  • Folding pwr mirrors -inc: security approach lamps & body-color skull caps
  • 18" chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • P235/65R18 all-season OWL tires
  • Chrome roof side rails w/black end caps & crossbars
  • Chrome accent step bars
  • Heated folding pwr mirrors -inc: security approach lamps & chrome skull caps
  • 20" polished aluminum wheels
  • P255/50R20 all-season BSW tires
MECHANICAL
  • 4.0L SOHC 12-valve V6 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • One-touch ignition switch
  • Engine block heater *Standard on non-fleet vehicles in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY*
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 130 amp alternator
  • 72 amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature
  • Class II trailer tow prep w/4-pin wire harness
  • Trailer sway control
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Jack & jack tools
  • 4.6L SOHC SEFI 24-valve V8 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 4-wheel drive w/ControlTrak
  • All wheel drive
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes w/brake shift interlock
    • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • 2nd generation dual front airbags
    • 2nd generation dual front side seat airbags
    • Front passenger sensing system
    • Safety canopy air curtain system
    • SOS Post Crash Alert System
    • Seat belts -inc: pretensioners, energy management system, adjustable height in 1st row
    • BeltMinder feature
    • LATCH system on rear outboard seats
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Adaptive energy-absorbing steering column
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3-inc: audio input jack
    • Whip style fender-mounted antenna
    • Sirius satellite radio -inc: 6-month subscription, roof mounted antenna
    • SYNC media system -inc: Bluetooth capability, voice-activated control capability, USB ports, redundant controls
    • Premium AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 player -inc: subwoofer audio input jack, 190-watts

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