2010 Ford Explorer Review and Model Lineup

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A review of the 2010 Ford Explorer could help make your decision a little bit easier if you are stuck on which Ford Explorer model to choose. There are actually four different trim models of the Explorer. There is the XLT, XLT Sport, the "Eddie Bauer" and the Limited. The specs on these models are actually very similar, but there are some minor differences between each model that will cause one model to be more expensive than the other. Overall, the Ford Explorer is a classic SUV that has always been a top seller. Here are the models of the 2010 Ford Explorer and their features, so that you can decide which one is best for you.

Ford Explorer XLT

The Explorer XLT is the base model, and the cheapest Explorer pricing out right under $30,000. The XLT comes with a powerful 4.0 liter V6 engine, which has a five speed automatic transmission. This is the standard engine, and the only engine option available for the base model of the Explorer. It comes with 4 x 2 rear wheel drive, with an independent rear and front suspension. The XLT gets 20 miles per gallon on the highway and 14 miles per gallon in the city when it comes to fuel economy, and comes with a 22.5 gallon gas tank. Power windows and locks come standard on the XLT. You can also add optional Sirius satellite radio, as well as Sync connectivity for your blue tooth, MP3 players, etc.

Ford Explorer XLT Sport

The XLT Sport is a little more expensive than the base XLT, coming in at $36,000. It comes with the same engine as the XLT, a 4.0 liter V6 engine. Because of this, it also gets 20 miles per gallon on the highway and 14 miles per gallon in the city. It comes with 20 inch polished aluminum wheels, compared to 16 inch wheels for the XLT. The optional packages for the XLT (Sirius, Sync) comes in a premium package that is standard on the Sport model. It includes those two items, as well as a moon roof, all weather mats, keyless entry, and other useful accessories.

Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer

The Eddie Bauer starts out at $33,000. It comes with a standard 4.0 liter V6 engine, with 5 speed automatic transmission. It has another engine option though, a more powerful 4.6 liter V6 6 speed automatic transmission for increased performance. 17 inch wheels come standard, but 18 inch wheels are available as well. Roll stability control, rollover sensor, and other safety devices are installed on the Eddie Bauer, as well as many of the other Explorer models. Solar tinted windows, and privacy glass are installed, with a power moon roof being optional. The Eddie Bauer has three rows of seats, with the second and third row being split fold seats. The Eddie Bauer comes standard with a CD player, MP3 input, Sirius satellite radio, and Sync connectivity. You can also add a DVD rear entertainment system, as well as a voice activated GPS.

Ford Explorer Limited

This is the most expensive Explorer model, starting at $36,280 dollars. It features the same engine options as the Eddie Bauer (4.0 or 4.6 liter V6). 18 inch wheels are standard, and 20 inch wheels are optional. The Limited premium package, which is optional, includes all of the technology that has been laid out earlier in the article, including GPS navigation, blue tooth, music, DVD and stereo upgrades. Dual and rear climate control comes standard in the limited package. A leather strapped wheel, auto dimming mirrors, multiple power outlets, all weather rubber mats, and other accessories are all standard on the Limited.

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