The 2003 Ford Explorer Sport takes the traditional Explorer
frame and shrinks it into a two-door, four-passenger wagon.
What the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport retains from its larger
sibling is the versatility that has made the series a smashing
success. For on-or-off road driving, in heavy conditions,
for transporting people - all of these tasks are taken up
by the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport. And like the name suggests,
there is also a nice dose of attitude thrown into the mix.
The 2003 Ford Explorer Sport is offered in three models:
XLS, XLT and XLT Premium.
In the Explorer tradition, form follows function. Behind
two comfortable buckets seats is a rear split-bench seat
that provides excellent leg, knee and headroom and can be
folded flat should additional cargo space be needed. To
better connect the sport attitude of the customer and the
vehicle, Explorer Sport's instrument panel and door handles
have titanium accents, and the instrument cluster uses white-faced
The XLS model covers all the basics and then some, while
the top-line XLT Premium adds such features as rear climate
and radio controls and an AM/FM/cassette/CD player. All
Explorer Sport owners can choose from a number of attractive
options that address both performance and comfort.
The 2003 Ford Explorer Sport has roof rails fitted with
optional crossbars that are both attractive and practical,
as they are able to carry up to 100 pounds of cargo. An
athletic, powerful appearance is achieved with wide bodyside
moldings, flared wheel arches, integrated front and rear
bumpers and wraparound headlamps.
Power is standard on all 2003 Explorer Sport models. The
engine under the hood is a 4.0-liter V6 with 203 horsepower
at 5200 rpm and 237 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. 2WD and
4WD configurations are both available, as are 5-speed manual
and 5-speed automatic transmissions.
The Explorer Sport can certainly handle heavy weight when
needed. A two-stage variable-rate taper leaf spring in the
rear helps in this regard. With lighter loads, the Explorer
Sport's longer leaf springs work to keep the ride smooth.
To create a higher spring rate to handle larger, heavier
loads, a second, stiffer leaf contacts with the first to
maintain a pleasant ride.
Safety and Security
Safety features include driver and front-passenger airbags,
speed-sensitive front windshield wipers, fuel pump inertia
shut-off switch, child safety seat top tether anchors and
a four-wheel disc antilock braking system.
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