First introduced as a 1991 model, the Ford Explorer has been at the top of its class in the sport utility vehicle world. The Explorer combines style, comfort, and room. A ""go-anywhere"" vehicle, the Explorer can make it over rough pavement and has a truck-like demeanor. It’s tough, solid, and rugged.
Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four- and five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Explorer Sport, Ford Explorer XL, Ford Explorer XLS, Ford Explorer XLT, Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer, Ford Explorer Limited
The 2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer model is now color-keyed and has a two-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel complete with auxiliary audio, climate, and speed control. In the Eddie Bauer edition, these features come standard. XLT Sport, Eddie Bauer, and Limited models with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine receive a standard trailer towing package. XL is available only for fleet sales in 2000, and the XLS replaces the XL Appearance as the base model.
Drivers of the 2000 Ford Explorer can choose from seven standard exterior clear coat colors: black, deep wedgewood blue metallic, harvest gold metallic, medium wedgewood blue metallic, oxford white, toreador red t metallic, and tropic green metallic. Power brakes, a rear window defroster, and tinted glass come standard. The tires and wheels package includes 15-inch alloy wheels and a four-wheel anti-lock brake system. Regular unleaded fuel is required and standard transmission is five-speed manual with an automatic upgrade available in some models.
The 2000 Ford Explorer's optional exterior features include a camper/towing package, fog lights, intermittent windshield wipers, privacy glass, a rear window wiper, a keyless entry system, limited slip differential, side steps, a roof rack, chrome wheels, and anti-theft alarm system, and rear parking sensors. The width measures at 70.2 inches, height at 67.1 inches, and length at 108.8 inches. Curb weight is 3650 pounds.
The 2000 Ford Explorer gets interior colors such as dark graphite, medium graphite, and medium prairie tan. Standard captain chairs are cloth with a rear split bench seat. Standard interior features include a center console, lighted entry system, tachometer, driver and passenger airbags, power steering, leather steering wheel trim, air conditioning, power windows, external mirrors and door locks, and an AM/FM cassette audio system.
The 2000 Ford Explorer's optional interior upgrades include a compact disc changer, overhead console, power moonroof, sport seats, front side airbags, leather seats, a power driver’s seat and a power front passenger seat, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an auto-dim rear view mirror, and AM/FM compact disc audio system, or an AM/FM cassette and compact disc audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Ford Explorer comes standard with an all-wheel drive and manual transmission. Four-wheel drive and automatic transmission are upgrade options in certain models. Power steering is standard in all models, along with alloy wheels and front wheel independent suspension. Auto-leveling suspension only is available in XLT and Eddie Bauer models.
The 2000 Ford Explorer is equipped with base safety and security features such as four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and driver and passenger front airbags. Front side airbags are upgrades. An IIHS frontal offset test rated ""acceptable."" There were quite a few reliability rating problems for the Explorer, according to an Identifix test. The engine’s mass air flow sensor occasionally failed. The differential pressure feedback sensor also occasionally failed, along with the idle air control valve, the intake manifold gaskets, and the front timing chain tensioner.
The 2000 Ford Explorer has an occasional problem when equipped with four-wheel drive, which is a failure of the entire four-wheel-drive system. The differential speed sensor and related wiring occasionally failed along with the supplemental restraint system. Features that have good ratings are steering and suspension, heating and air-conditioning, and starting and charging all rated good.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Explorer: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Commanding view of the road
- Multiple engine choices
- Comfortable cabin
You Won't Like
- Poor gas mileage with the V-8 engine
Reliable, roomy truck-like vehicle.
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