$25,400 - $29,235

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XLT Sport Key Features & Specs

$25,400 - $29,235
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
13-14 City / 19-20 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 4.0L SOHC 12-valve V6 engine
  • 4.6L SOHC 24-valve V8 engine
  • Engine block heater *Standard on non-fleet vehicles in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY*
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 3.73 axle ratio
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Battery saver feature
  • Independent front/rear suspension
  • Class II trailer tow w/wiring
  • (5) P235/70R16 all-season OWL tires
  • 16" painted cast aluminum wheels
  • Pwr hydraulic steering
  • Pwr hydraulic 4-wheel disc brakes w/Interactive Vehicle Dynamics (IVD)
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system

Exterior Features

  • Black roof rails
  • Black molded-in-color bumpers/cladding
  • Chrome 3-bar grille w/nostrils
  • Auto-off headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Black fold-away pwr mirrors w/approach lamps
  • Rear row privacy glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black molded-in-color door handles
  • Composite material cargo bed w/(3) integrated storage compartments
  • Cargo area tie downs
  • Cargo area pwr point

Interior Features

  • Cloth low-back front bucket seats-inc: 2-way adjustable headrests, 4-way manual seat adjusters
  • 60/40 split folding rear bench seat
  • Low series floor console-inc: cup holders, armrest, storage, (1) front/(1) rear pwr points
  • Rubber floor covering w/berber heavy duty front/rear floor mats
  • Color keyed 4-spoke leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Message center-inc: outside temp, compass
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows
  • Power sliding rear window
  • Pwr door locks-inc: 2-stage unlocking, autolock
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) key fobs
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Accessory delay
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player-inc: audio input jack
  • Air conditioning
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Overhead console
  • Color keyed sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Grab handles-inc: (1) front passenger/(2) rear
  • (2) color keyed coat hooks
  • Illuminated entry

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system
  • Driver & front passenger air bags, front passenger on/off switch
  • Side seat air bags
  • Side curtain air bags w/rollover protection
  • Height adjustable safety belts
  • Belt-Minder
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • LATCH system for rear outboard seating positions
  • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)

2008 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

144 Reviews
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The perfect blend of power and comfort wrapped in an amazingly reliable package!

2008 Ford Explorer XLT Sport

My vehicle is the most reliable of all my family members. It has over 220,000 miles, and still has had very limited problems. Around 100,000 miles the radiator was replaced, and at 200,000 the wheel bearings needing work, but other than that I have full faith in my car's performance. I go to school on a mountain in pa, and when we get awful snowstorms, my car is one of the few cars that is actually able to still drive through all the snow and ice. The interior is nothing fancy, but very spacious and comfortable. The driver's seat actually has fantastic lumbar support. I regularly drive 8 hours to get from my home to my school, and I have never had a back problem with all the sitting thanks to how well made the seats are. Also, other than a nail piercing my tire, I have never had a problem with my car during these long road trips. Everything about this car has been so well made, even down to the fabric used in the back trunk area. While trying to rush to class and grabbing my backpack out of the trunk, I spilled a whole cup of coffee in the back, but to my surprise, it clean up with no problem, no stain, and like liquid had never even been spilled. The ride of the car is also so smooth for a 4 wheel drive SUV. The car is the perfect blend of comfort and power, and the turning radius is absolutely amazing! This car is quite honestly just straight up fun to drive, and I have loved every minute of owning this car.

- Mike B

Great towing package, Bluetooth sync.

2008 Ford Explorer XLT Sport

This vehicle has minimal creature comforts. It includes Bluetooth sync which is very handy for hands free calls. It has had starter troubles which are common to Explorers. The starter will begin to corrode which in turn will not let the vehicle start and it needs to be replaced. It is also known for transmission issues.

- Katie H

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