$30,200 - $33,225
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MSRP
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.

XLT Sport Key Features & Specs

MSRP
$30,200 - $33,225
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
14-15 City / 19-21 HWY
Horsepower
210-239
Seats
5-7

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Mechanical Features

  • 4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V6 FFV engine
  • 4.6L (281) SOHC SEFI V8 engine
  • Hood assist gas cylinders
  • Engine block heater *STD & only available in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY*
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Control-Trac part-time 4WD transfer case
  • Full-time AWD transfer case
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 4-wheel drive
  • All-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
  • 2735# capacity front axle/3000# capacity rear axle
  • 2800# capacity front axle/3000# capacity rear axle
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Front linear rate coil springs
  • Rear variable rate coil springs
  • HD gas shock absorbers
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P245/65R17 all-terrain SBR OWL tires
  • Full-size spare tire w/aluminum wheel, underbody mount
  • 17" machined aluminum wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • 22.5 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Black roof rails
  • Platinum painted lower/body-color upper front/rear bumpers
  • Two-tone front/rear fascias
  • Platinum painted lower body-side cladding/wheel lip moldings
  • Platinum gloss side step bars
  • Black-out B-pillar treatment
  • Chrome egg crate design grille
  • Faceted reflector quad beam headlights
  • Automatic on/off headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Black folding pwr mirrors w/approach lamps
  • Solar-tinted glass-inc: windshield, front door glass
  • Privacy glass-inc: rear door/rear quarter/liftgate glass
  • Speed-sensitive dual intermittent front wipers
  • Dual intermittent rear wiper/washer
  • One-piece top-hinged liftgate-inc: flip-open rear window, paddle-type handle
  • Exterior liftgate release switch
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Security approach lamps
  • Hood/instrument panel sound insulation

Interior Features

  • 5-passenger seating
  • Cloth low-back front sport bucket seats w/adjustable head restraints, 6-way pwr driver seat, manual driver/front passenger lumbar support
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row seat w/head restraints
  • High-series floor console-inc: storage bin, (2) front & (2) rear cup holders, front & rear pwr points, coin holder, tissue/map holder, molded mat w/pencil holder, heat vents/AC registers
  • Color-keyed full-length carpet
  • Color-keyed front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Color-keyed plastic scuff plates on all doors & liftgate
  • Black leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt steering column
  • 6-gauge instrument cluster-inc: fuel, temp, voltmeter, oil pressure w/ warning lights, trip odometer, tachometer, outside temp gauge, compass
  • 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 w/cargo area lock/unlock button
  • Speed control w/fingertip control, tap-up/tap-down feature
  • Remote keyless entry-inc: 2 key fobs, 2-stage unlocking, autolock, liftgate glass release
  • Keyless entry pad
  • Securilock passive anti-theft system
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Air conditioning
  • Flow-through ventilation
  • Rear window defroster
  • Electronic AM/FM stereo w/cassette/compact disc/clock w/4-speakers, 80-watts
  • Fixed antenna
  • Illuminated glove box w/color-keyed latch
  • Color-keyed full door trim panels-inc: armrest/pull handle, color-keyed inserts, map pockets
  • Front door integrated 20-oz cup holders
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Overhead console-inc: two map/dome lamps, ticket clip, sunglass holder, garage door opener bin
  • Color-keyed woven cloth headliner
  • Color-keyed cloth sunvisors w/illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • (3) grab handles
  • (4) color-keyed coat hooks
  • Soft release parking brake
  • Illuminated entry w/key fob activation
  • Front/rear dome/map light w/2nd row reading lamp
  • Cargo area dome light
  • (4) load floor tie-down hooks/child seat tether anchors
  • Cargo management system
  • Retractable cargo area shade

Safety Features

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

2003 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

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I love the many things around the truck bed that allows for multiple tie downs.

2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport

Perfect little truck for my lifestyle. Makes it easy to load and unload. Only problem was a transmission plug that cost around three hundred dollars to repair. Also the blinker electrical plug had to be replaced and that cost around two hundred dollars. Gas mileage is ok but not great. Love the back window that goes up and down and the roominess of the interior.

- Diana B

Ford explorer XLT personal experience.

2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport

Very reliable except for the hinges on back lift gate window. Had to order and replace the bolt and plastic hinge brackets a couple times. . As far as replacing the liftgate shocks I have had no problems at all besides the usual battery and alternator. . Still running at 150,000 miles on original engine and transmission.

- Eric K

I like the bench seat in back.

2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport

I really like this vehicle.. For a two door it is very roomy. Runs great dependable and good on gas. Trunk is easy to access also has lots of room for a small vehicle. Dash is very easy to read bri g ht and easy to navigate. Dash alerts you when problem exist.

- Maureen E

Never had an issue with vehicle in the 7 years I have owned.

2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport

Very comfortable vehicle. Affordable in gas. Owned vehicle for 7 years now have not had any problems with. Tune up gets done every 6 months or so. Wonderful to drive in. Only. Issue it is reduced space for a family of 4, but still will not trade for anything.

- Felix A

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