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2003 Ford Explorer Sport

2003 Ford Explorer Sport
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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.

Available Models
The 2003 Ford Explorer Sport is offered in three models: XLS, XLT and XLT Premium.

Interior Features
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 gauges.

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.

Exterior Features
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.

New for the 2003 Explorer Sport

Three vehicle arrays available: XLS (late availability), XLT and XLT Premium
Freshened interior includes revised low-back bucket seats, new door trim and two-tone interior colors
Heated front seats and power lumbar support for driver and front passenger are now available
Body color exterior door handles on XLT, XLT Premium
Two new coat hooks added in the cargo area
12-volt power point in cargo area
New exterior color: Red Fire

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Fast Stats
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4.0L V6
203 @ 5250
5-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
17 / 21

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