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2005 Ford Explorer XLT and Eddie Bauer

2005 Ford Explorer
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The Ford line-up of SUVs is starting to take over. With the compact Escape, the mid-sized Freestyle - a crossover new this year, the Explorer, the Explorer Sport Trac, an SUV with a truck-bed, similar to the Chevy Avalanche, the full-size Expedition and the even larger Excursion, biggest of the bunch, the question becomes one of where do you start?

Some would say you should start with the 2005 Ford Explorer. This mid-size SUV is the heart of the whole series, the best-selling SUV in North America, which probably means the world, for 14 years!

2005 hasn't changed it much, other than to improve it by adding Standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, improved audio standards, some exciting options packages and 20 unique arrays to provide the broadest offering in the segment.

Available Models
V8 engines are available for the Ford Explorer XLT, XLT Sport, Eddie Bauer and Limited models. XLS come with V6 only.

Interior Features
2005 adds the new XLT appearance package for content, color and excitement in the middle of the lineup, and both MP3 and Sirius Satellite radio capability are now standard on all audio systems (late availability).

These are the upper level trims for the Explorer series and they have all the features of the base models; front bucket seats and a split-folding rear seat, power mirrors, windows and door locks, keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo and so on, plus a whole bunch more. By the time you get to the top-level Limited trims, you can expect to find heated, leather upholstered, multi-way powered seats, dual-zone automatic climate controls, an audiophile 290-watt sound system with an in-dash 6CD changer and a range of options that includes rear DVD entertainment, quad captain chairs and so on. These are luxury vehicles with a great sense of occupant comfort, style and safety.

Exterior Features
The various trims offer a range of different exterior accents and details for style and performance enhancements. For example, the XLT comes with 16-inch cast aluminum wheels while the XLT Sport comes with 17-inch bright machined aluminum wheels. The Eddie Bauer takes it a step further with 17-inch cast aluminum wheels while the Limited tops it off with 17-inch chromed wheels. A range of other exterior differences and details set the models apart also.

Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations are offered with an automatic transmission mated to a 4.6-liter V8 that generates 239 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. With its aluminum block and heads and overhead-cam design, it is designed to go 100,000 miles before its first scheduled tune up.

The V8 Explorers are designed for towing and the optional towing package takes it even further. The basic models come with standard Class II towing hitch. A towing package provides Class III/IV towing capability of up to 7,140 pounds when properly equipped.

Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models. A comprehensive safety package can be added for significant additional safety including front and curtain side airbags. New for 2005, the Ford Explorer comes with Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system to reduce rollover potential by triggering the system when it detects that one or more wheels are about to leave the ground. This reduces engine power and/or applies braking to the necessary wheels to help settle the vehicle.

2005 Ford Explorer - Vehicle Highlights

Standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
20 unique arrays provide the broadest offering in the segment
XLT appearance package adds content, color and excitement in the middle of the lineup
MP3 capability and Sirius Satellite radio capability now standard on all audio systems (late availability)

Fast Stats
5 / 7
MSRP from
4.0L V6
4.6L V8
210 @ 5100
239 @ 4750
5-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
15 / 21
15 / 19

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