1995 Ford Explorer

  • 1995 Ford Explorer XL Utility

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1995 Ford Explorer Review

An iconic American SUV.

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The 1995 Ford Explorer is a continuation of the company’s sport utility lineup with a large variety of trim levels and options offered. The basic lineup consists of the two-door Sport, four-door base model, and high-end Limited designations. Within the context of these models, several special trim levels are offered, including: XL (base), XLT, Limited, and Eddie Bauer.

The 1995 Ford Explorer is credited with launching the success of the sport utility vehicle (SUV). The lineup even survived after a 1990s controversy surrounding high rollover rates equipped with Firestone tires put the sport utility’s future in question. Ford continues to make and market it and is one of the automaker’s most well-known lines.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Explorer XL, Ford Explorer XLT, Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer, Ford Explorer Limited

What's New

The 1995 Ford Explorer receives its first redesign, and the two-door Sport is introduced. Upgrades include new body panels, new interior amenities, updated suspension, and dual front airbags.


The 1995 Ford Explorer's main difference between models is the number of doors. Both two- and four-door examples are seen as 1995 is the first year for the Sport version. While all standard versions become monochromatic, the upscale Eddie Bauer edition offers contrasting lower body-cladding and offers optional running boards.


The 1995 Ford Explorer Sport model offers cloth interior, while all others come with vinyl seating. Standard features include bucket seats, AM/FM stereo, tinted glass, and air-conditioning. Options are also available such as cruise control, power windows and door locks, and rear window defroster. Stately models like the Expedition and Eddie Bauer versions add as standard many options otherwise available to the LX and other subordinate models. The Eddie Bauer edition offers optional leather seating, anti-theft system, premium JBL audio, and compact disc changing capability as options.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Ford Explorer offers Control Trac selectable four-wheel drive, which compounded by updated suspension makes it among the most comfortable and smooth-driving vehicles in its class. The four-liter, six-cylinder engine that outputs 160 horses is continued from first generation. It's presented with either a standard five-speed transmission. Upper-end models Expedition, Eddie Bauer, and Limited all come standard with four-speed automatic transmission.


The 1995 Ford Explorer becomes the first vehicle of its type to have driver and passenger front airbags. It performed well in initial tests of crashworthiness. Originally shipping with Firestone tires, as all Ford’s had for over 100 years, the mid-1990s saw major concerns due to rollovers that were talked about in the news. The problems associated with the tip-up and rollover issues were addressed in 2002.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Explorer: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Plenty of room to stow and go
  • Four-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Rollover risk
  • Heavy fuel consumption

Sum Up

An iconic American SUV.

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