$24,585 - $26,465
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XLS Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$24,585 - $26,465
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15-17 City / 20-21 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V6 engine
  • Engine block heater *STD & only available in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY*
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 3.73 limited-slip axle
  • Hood assist gas cylinders
  • Control-Trac part-time 4WD transfer case
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 4-wheel drive
  • 72 amp/hr maintenance-free battery w/battery saver feature
  • 130-amp alternator
  • Class II trailer towing w/receiver hitch-inc: 3500# capacity, 4-pin connector
  • 2560# capacity front axle/3000# capacity rear axle
  • 2635# capacity front axle/3000# capacity rear axle
  • Independent short/long arm front/rear suspension w/coil springs
  • HD gas shock absorbers
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • (5) Michelin P235/70R16SL all-season SBR OWL tires
  • Underbody-mounted full-size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • (4) 16" silver painted full face steel wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system
  • 22.5 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Black roof rails
  • Metallic color-keyed front/rear bumpers
  • Body-color body-side moldings
  • Black-out B-pillar treatment
  • Medium platinum grille w/integral chrome surround
  • Dual black pwr folding mirrors
  • Solar-tinted glass-inc: windshield, front door windows
  • Privacy glass-inc: rear door/rear quarter/liftgate windows
  • Speed-sensitive dual intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window dual intermittent wiper/washer
  • One-piece top-hinged liftgate-inc: flip-open rear window, paddle-type handle, exterior release switch
  • Black-grained door handles
  • Hood/instrument panel sound insulation

Interior Features

  • 5-passenger seating
  • Cloth front captains chairs w/adjustable head restraints
  • Split-folding rear seat w/head restraints
  • Low-series floor console-inc: storage, dual front/rear cup holders, coin holder, tissue/map holder, armrest, pencil holder
  • Color-keyed full-length carpet
  • Color-keyed plastic scuff plates on all doors & liftgate
  • Black urethane steering wheel
  • Tilt steering column
  • Instrument cluster-inc: fuel, temp, voltmeter, oil pressure w/warning lights, trip meter, tachometer
  • Warning chimes-inc: headlights-on, key-in-ignition, safety belt, door ajar
  • Pwr windows-inc: illuminated controls, "one-touch-down" driver window
  • Pwr door locks-inc: illuminated controls, cargo area lock/unlock button
  • Speed control w/fingertip controls
  • Remote keyless entry-inc: 2 transmitters, perimeter alarm, 2-stage unlocking, autolock, liftgate glass release
  • Securilock passive anti-theft system
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Air conditioning
  • Flow-through ventilation
  • Rear window defroster
  • Large bezel electronic AM/FM stereo radio w/cassette-inc: digital clock, 4 door-mounted speakers
  • Fixed antenna
  • Illuminated glove box w/color-keyed latch
  • Cigarette lighter socket w/tethered cap
  • Front pwr point
  • Color-keyed full door trim panels-inc: armrest/pull handle, accent color inserts, map pockets, front door integrated cup holders
  • Manual day/night rearview mirror
  • Color-keyed molded cloth headliner
  • Color-keyed cloth sunvisors w/dual covered vanity mirrors
  • (3) grab handles
  • (4) color-keyed coat hooks
  • Soft release parking brake
  • Illuminated entry
  • Front dome/map light
  • Cargo area dome light
  • (4) load floor tie-down hooks
  • Cargo management system

Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger "Second Generation" airbags w/theft deterrent
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system
  • Front/rear outboard 3-point safety belts w/1st & 2nd row height adjustment
  • Driver side BeltMinder feature
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Rear child seat tether anchor brackets
  • Dual note horn

2002 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

326 Reviews
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2002 Explorer Family Vehicle

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

We love our Explorer. Plenty of room for our whole family. Only problems we've had are expected problems from an older vehicle. Replaced tires, changed the brakes, routinely oil changes. While changing the brakes we noticed the wheel bearing were very worn so we changed all 4 before it became a major problem. It's been good on gas & over all a very reliable vehicle. I would recommend this as a good family vehicle.

- Christina G

Fire car that everyone should have

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

This car that own called the ford explorer which I believe came out in 2002 even though it's been a long time since it came out I still use it everyday and it basically serves it purposes it takes me everywhere. It consists nice leather seats the only problem about the seats is that they get hot and they will kind of burn your legs if you're wearing shorts. It also has a big trunk where you can put a lot of stuff.

- Nicolas A

Lots of space and comfortable, expensive issues arise after 100,000 miles

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

Overall it's been a great car, as it get older, there's more and more problems that arise. I don't quite have 120,000 miles, yet I've already had to replace the fuel injector and the transmutation. I've had other minor issues with it recently, but up until 100,000 miles it was great. Lots of space for people and storage/travel. I've even slept in the back several times while camping

- Courtney F

Ford Explorer seven seater

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

I love it drives great, the rust is a little bad but it goes good. It is comfortable to drives fits my family of 7 and 2 dogs great! It is not horrible on gas I do however fill the tank up once a week. Mechanically it does not have many problems though we do keep up with oil maintenance and brakes and rotors .

- Kayla E

My explorer. The great tan machine.

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

It is been very reliable. I have only had to do a tune up on it. It is got great pick up speed and has enough room for everything I have needed to. It is been a very reliable, trustworthy vehicle this far. Our even gets pretty decent gas mileage despite that it is got a bigger engine then my last vehicle.

- Jamie S

Only car you'll ever need

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

Car has lasted me forever and is very reliable. Only a few problems, windshield wipers, but most of them were user error. Always been very comfortable and easy to adjust so every driver feels secure. Also the seating and trunk space is very convenient and is great for road trips and big hauls.

- Mari G

Reliable 4 wheel drive comfortable vehicle

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

Comfortable. Gets excellent gas mileage. Have taken many road trips. Repairs have been minimal. I currently have 160,000 miles on the vehicle and it runs like a champ. I would highly recommend this vehicle. It is 4 wheel drive and when I lived in Virginia it was great in the snow.

- Linda I

Ford Explorer is a dependable SUV.

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

I like my Ford Explorer. I dislike that it's 2 door. I also dislike only enough space for 2 passengers in the back. It is dependable and easy to drive. It's not too big yet not too small. The trunk space is plentiful. Getting in and out of the back seat is difficult for adults.

- Tal H

Drive it until it dies, Fixing is costly

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

Timing chain issues are common, as is engine problems after 200k miles. Window motors wear and tear slows windows from rolling up and down without issue. AC compressor issues are also common which affects the other two components that the serpentine belt are connected to.

- Jenny H

4wd SUV great small family vehicle

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

It is very comfortable for my family of 4, auto windows and locks, it has 4wd, am, FM and CD player, has nice space in the back plus two storage compartments in the bottom, only issue I have had since I owned it is the airbag light from the passenger seat buckle.

- Brittany P

Love my vehicle very safe.

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

The performance and reliability of this vehicle have been great. It was my grandpas and then he passed it down to me. I have hardly had any problems with it in my 5 years of driving. I feel very safe. The only issue is the check engine light comes on randomly.

- Ashlyn D

Explorer for the win. Comfy and reliable.

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

When replacing the rear wheel bearings it is a pain but it's way cheaper to get the whole part at autozone than to do it piece by piece by yourself. You'd need a welder for that. Other than all that its a comfy vehicle and definitely reliable in the long run.

- Cheyenne L

Dependable even 200+k miles and going

2002 Ford Explorer XLS

This car was bought used 4 years ago. We have drove it everywhere. We recently changed transmissions, but it has proven a great choice to purchase. Me being a GMC person, to say that speaks volumes to Explorer.

- John Dingus

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