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XLS Key Features & Specs

$27,165 - $29,655
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
14-16 City / 20-21 HWY

Mechanical Features

  • 4.0L SOHC V6 engine *Gas only in CA, NY, VT, & ME. Flexible Fuel capable in all other states*
  • Engine block heater *Standard on non-fleet vehicles in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY*
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Control-Trac part-time 4WD transfer case
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • AdvanceTrac w/roll stability control
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 4-wheel drive
  • 72 amp maintenance-free battery w/battery saver feature
  • Class II trailer towing w/receiver hitch-inc: 3500# capacity, 4-pin connector
  • 4-Wheel independent suspension
  • P235/70R16 all-season BSW tires
  • Full-size spare tire w/steel wheel, underbody mount
  • 16" painted full face styled steel wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Brake/shift interlock
  • 22.5 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Black roof rails
  • Black front/rear bumpers
  • Black body-side moldings
  • Black egg crate design grille
  • Projector halogen beam reflector headlamps
  • Black folding pwr mirrors
  • 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 liftgate w/pop-up flip glass
  • Exterior liftgate release switch
  • Black door handles

Interior Features

  • 5-passenger seating
  • Cloth low-back front buckets w/adjustable head restraints
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row seat w/head restraints
  • Low-series floor console-inc: storage bin, (2) front & (2) rear cup holders, front pwr point, coin holder, tissue/map holder, molded mat w/pencil holder
  • Color keyed plastic scuff plates on all doors & liftgate
  • Tilt steering column
  • Message center
  • Pwr windows-inc: "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
  • Securilock/immobilizer passive anti-theft system
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD-inc clock, 4-speakers, 60-watts
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Cloth insert door trim spears
  • Color keyed cloth sunvisors w/covered vanity mirrors
  • (2) front/rear pwr points
  • (3) grab handles
  • (4) color keyed coat hooks
  • Center dome lamp w/1st row map lights
  • Illuminated entry
  • Cargo area dome light
  • (4) load floor tie-down hooks
  • Cargo management system

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Personal Safety System-inc: dual stage front air bags, safety belt pretensioners/energy management retractors/usage sensors, driver's seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, restraint control module
  • Driver & front passenger "Second Generation" airbags w/theft deterrent
  • 1st/2nd row 3-point safety belts all seating positions w/outboard height adjustment
  • BeltMinder feature
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Rear child seat tether anchor brackets
  • AdvanceTrac w/roll stability control
  • Fuel pump inertia shutoff switch
  • Front "crumple zones"
  • Side intrusion door beams

2005 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

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Tough Texas Ford Explorer is my ride!

2005 Ford Explorer XLS

My Ford Explorer is a superior vehicle as far as performance, reliability and value. This vehicle runs great, requires little fussing over and has been proven over many years in city, highway and off road conditions. I have never been left stranded by breakdown and have only had minor or expected repairs such as new brake pads, battery, tires and recently replaced the tie rods at 160,000 miles. My Explorer has excellent handling, amazing tight turning ratio and a comfortable ride on good surfaces. Off road it has a sport ride which is more adventurous being made for rugged terrain which it can take with ease. I've spent much time in mountainous areas and even on the worst dirt road resembling a goat track she climbs and handled grades like a champion. The best feature is the cargo capacity with folding 60/40 rear seats. A full sheet of plywood and a bunch more will fit having used her for numerous hardware store trips with heavy loads of lumber and bags of concrete mix. My vehicle has a receiving hitch and I have a 10 ft trailer to add to the hauling space which saved me from renting a moving truck during relocation. Keeping the vehicle clean is easy with sturdy cloth seats and tough carpet inside. Even after getting a mud bath the Explorer cleans easily in the driveway or does fine in automatic car washes. In summary it is a fine SUV that I can recommend to anyone needing a utility vehicle.

- Kat W

The vehicle is sporty does its job I need it to do.

2005 Ford Explorer XLS

The ford I have is very nice and clean trim on the outside. The inside is simple and has lots of storage space in the back. The car comes with lots of new features. The problems I have with my ford is the transmission.First I have to take it to a shop to ever just check the fluid levels because they have no stick to check. The engine is great some here and there issues but I bought mine used off the street.

- Cynthia V

All around truck that drives like an SUV.

2005 Ford Explorer XLS

The style, the performance. It is a technically a small 4 door truck. Fits my driving style. It has all of the features that I wanted. The only thing that I would like would be a four wheel drive. At the time when I bought the truck it was not available. It has performed better than expected and no real problems.

- Mark S

I really love my ford explorer!

2005 Ford Explorer XLS

I love the ford explorer because it is a smooth ride and the vehicle has been very reliable. It rides well in city traffic as well as the highway. Maintenance is easy and affordable. I have had this vehicle for several years and the speedometer is reaching 250,000. I highly recommend the ford explorer to anyone.

- Donna W

It's a 4 door, had a sunroof, it is grey

2005 Ford Explorer XLS

The only major problem is my speedometer light flickers then goes off, when it goes off I can't roll windows down or listen to the radio, other than that I really like my vehicle, I like the fact of having a quad cab truck but it's not big, my truck had a tonneau cover so that's like having a big trunk

- Jennifer D

Roomy. Handles well great on gas.

2005 Ford Explorer XLS

So far I really like my car. It's really roomy. It seats 7. I have 4 teenagers that like their own space lol. It drives really smooth and turns very well. It handles bumps good too. For it to be older it handles very well. The seats are heated and the heater works very fast and hot.

- A D

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