2008 Ford Explorer Review | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

 

Although car-based SUVs or crossovers are gaining in popularity for their smoother ride, better handling, and easier interior access, the Explorer remains a good choice for  families looking for space and comfort. Available with a V6 engine, the Explorer competes against the Chevy TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Prado and Nissan  Pathfinder.

The Explorer has not changed much since the last couple of years. But it is quieter than previous models, the rear seats fold flatter, and the interior has been improved throughout. Ford has upped the Explorer in terms of looks, features and price over the last few years. The days of an Explorer for AED88900 are long gone. Despite, the  is pleasant to live with and compares well with the competition.

A handsome sports utility vehicle, the Explorer continues in true American tradition of adding some bling. Up front, the American fascination with shiny metal trim continues with the Explorer making generous use of chrome, big-and-bold lamps, and square-cornered aero mirrors to make this latest-generation SUV the most stylish  Explorer from Ford in a long time.

Inside, the rear seats fold to offer a completely flat cargo bay while the interior has been improved throughout. Flexibility is a highpoint in this SUV, with five, six, or seven  passenger seating configuration.

Ford adds new standard and optional safety features and says the Explorer is designed to meet all known frontal- and side-impact crash requirements through 2010. Side  curtain airbags are standard on 2008 models, voice activation is added to the optional navigation system, and top-line Limited models get standard power adjustable  pedals. Three new practical features include a capless fuelling system and 20-inch wheels. Ford’s Sync entertainment and communication system have been recently added.

The Ford Explorer has been a very under-rated SUV here in the Middle East although it is a very competent machine, doing all that is asked of it… and more! It is as capable in the dunes as on the roads. Not to say that the Explorer will compete with the likes of Land Cruiser in terms of its off road capabilities, but one need not worry when  taking this mid size SUV down the dunes occasionally – provided the driver is up for it.

Technical Specifications
Engine4.0-litre V6
Power210bhp
Torque344 Nm
TransmissionAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 105000*

 

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Chevrolet Traiblazer
GMC Envoy
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota LandCruiser Prado

 

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