Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,415 - $38,050
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
14 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
210-239
Seats
5-7
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,415 - $38,050
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
14 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
210-239
Seats
5-7

2005 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

4.2

250 Reviews

41% 42% 14% 2% 1%

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Overall, the Ford Explorer is & has been a safe & reliable vehicle that has kept me mobile for the past 12 years.

Like: -It's up high & I see all around me well, much better than I ever did in a car. -It's 4X4 so I can go from grocery shopping & running the kids to school to 4-wheeling in the cuts, or drive right out over the dunes & park it sea side (both of which I have done many, many times!) -The back & middle seats lay down so I can pack it full if need be. With the back & middle seats down, I can even fit a twin size air mattress in the back for car camping in the cuts, or emergency shelter. -It's a 7 seater so my large family always has room. -The—now outdated, but then quite cool—technical parts of the vehicle, such as the electronic mileage counter, direction sensor, time counter, diagnostic check, etc., were modern & handy. -The fact that it's big & roomy & actually shaped like an SUV, in a time when most SUVs look like crossovers & are generally hideous. -The rough ride of it... it never was a smooth ride, a lot of SUVs feel just like driving a car. Not the Explorer, it has a masculine feel to it when you're driving & that's very appealing to me. -The heating/cooling vents/controls. It's very nice to have vents all the way in the back & to also be able to hand control of the climate controls over to the back passengers, rather than having to deal with that on my own. Dislike: -The transmission went out at 67,000 miles & had to be completely rebuilt. After reading up on this, that was an extremely common problem with this particular model years. Nice. Overall, it's my favorite of all the vehicles that I have ever owned. I've had this '05 Explorer since November of '06... nearly 12 years we've been together now! I really can't see letting her go. Probably be together till the day she passes over to the other side ;D

- Melissa M

Ford 2015 Explorer. Lots of space. Not too big, more space for parking.

I am driving under a driver's permit, I like the size of my car, the Ford 2005 Explorer because it's not too big and just right, I like space specially when I do grocery shopping or going out with family and friends. I like that there's a button press for adjusting my side mirrors, the size of my car is just right specially travel to a very busy city like Chicago. My husband sticks to Ford brand and I like it a lot, the only problems I have since we bought it second hand is that the steering wheel is loose (I do not know about car problems and how to fix it but I just heard from my hubby) what I do not like is the seats are leather and the gear stick does not move straight, it has some corners at the sides where you need to fit the gear stick whether it is reverse or park I don't know I just find it annoying that I need to look at it whether I stopped the gear stick at the right place. And for the car key, there were an incident that I didn't know battery is dead and I just got used maybe you know just pressing that car key button rather than using the key.

- Catherine W

Very few problems. Great options. . . Plenty of space for people, dogs, and cargo.

My Ford Explorer is great. It currently has over 305, 000 miles on it. I use it to transport dogs and cats for rescue groups. It is very spacious and handles large and small dog crates with ease. The back seat folds down to carry large items. It has two large storage sections in the back cargo area. There is a small net area for easy access and cargo hooks to tie things down. My car has houndstooth cloth interior which I love. It has a 6 CD player and came with running boards that I use a lot. The only problem that was costly to fix is a design flaw in the air conditioning system. There is a plastic door on two pins that is inside the dashboard and is used to split the air to the various air vents in the car. With the amount of city, road and highway travel that I do, the hard bumps slowly brake the two pins and then the door does not move and the air goes around inside the dash but nothing comes out of the vents. The mechanic has to take apart the dashboard in order to replace the door. It is time consuming and expensive to fix.

- Patty O

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

MSRP

MSRP
$28,595 - $30,845
$31,370 - $34,430

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 hp
210 - 239 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
4.0L SOHC V6 engine *Gas only in CA NY VT & ME. Flexible Fuel capable in all other states*
4.0L SOHC V6 FLEXIBLE FUEL
4.0L SOHC V6 ENGINE
4.0L SOHC V6 engine *Gas only in CA NY VT & ME. Flexible Fuel capable in all other states*
4.6L SOHC V8 engine
4.0L SOHC V6 FLEXIBLE FUEL
4.0L SOHC V6 ENGINE
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 in.
42.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 in.
39.9 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.9 in.
35.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.9 in.
38.9 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Heating & Cooling

AC

AC
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 7
5 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Running Boards

Running Boards

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
113.8 in.
113.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.8 ft.
36.8 ft.

Width

Width
72.1 in.
72.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 hp
210 - 239 hp

Torque

Torque
254 ft. lbs.
254 - 282 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
324 - 500 .lbs
324 - 500 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
22.5 gal.
22.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
15 - 21 mpg
15 - 19 mpg

City

City
14 - 16 mpg
14 - 15 mpg

Highway

Highway
20 - 21 mpg
18 - 20 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional

Air Bags

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety