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Despite the recent downturn in SUV sales, a somewhat aging platform and less-than-stellar fuel economy, the 2010 Ford Explorer continues to populate Ford showrooms. Powerful owner loyalty, a reasonable size and the option of a potent V8 engine all contribute to the Explorer's appeal, and it makes a great choice for families looking to get away from a full-sized SUV, as well as for those who need the ground clearance and towing ability only a body-on-frame SUV can provide. Although the Explorer has plenty of newer competition, both domestic and foreign, few offer the combination of an attractive price, three-row seating, a powerful V8 engine and the Explorer's 7,300-pound tow rating.
You'll Like This Car If...
Whether you're drawn to the 2010 Ford Explorer for its truck-like towing and cargo-hauling capabilities or its minivan-like versatility, you'll find more of what you're looking for in the latest incarnation of this quintessential SUV.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Although the 2010 Ford Explorer succeeds in being both smoother and more responsive than any previous model, it still drives like a big, truck-based SUV when compared to a select few of its competitors, many of which deliver almost sedan-like ride and handling.
What's New for 2010
Trailer Sway Control is added to the standard equipment roster of the Ford Explorer for 2010.
Thanks to a sturdy frame and recently revised suspension, the 2010 Ford Explorer is noticeably smoother and more stable out on the highway than previous generations. It's also quieter, making for easy conversation between occupants in separate rows. Moreover, the Explorer is more responsive around town and, when equipped with the V8 and six-speed automatic transmission, is the most powerful model yet, although we found the V6 had more than enough output to meet our daily-driver demands. While both ride and handling are improved all around, the balance remains very much in favor of comfort, with handling characteristics that fall short of more car-like competitors, such as the Nissan Pathfinder.
Power-Folding Third Row
Not only do the two rear rows fold almost perfectly flat, but the third row is available with a power folding option that makes it easy to transform the Explorer from people-mover to cargo-hauler and back at the push of a button.
Interior Peace and Quiet
Considering its vast interior volume and all the opportunities that exist for outside noise to creep inside, the 2010 Ford Explorer is impressively, refreshingly quiet.
The 2010 Explorer's interior sports traditional Ford angular styling along with a few new interior options. Front-row seats feature extended seat tracks to better accommodate a wider range of occupant heights, while the second row is available in three seating configurations and the third row offers a power folding feature. In addition, both rear rows of seats now fold almost completely flat (just two degrees from horizontal), so cargo is more likely to stay in place. The only functional sore spot we noted was the awkward placement of the front inside door handles.
The 2010 Ford Explorer remains a very obvious descendant of the first Explorer that materialized some 18 years ago and revolutionized the industry. The biggest and most obvious change is up front, with two grilles – each assigned to a particular trim level – inspired by Ford's F-150 pickup. Distinguishing this generation from the last is probably most difficult from the side, but look closely and you'll find thicker roof rails, larger and more distinct wheels and bigger side mirrors. Around back, large taillights and a big nine-inch blue Ford oval further differentiate the new model from previous Explorers.
Notable Standard Equipment
Standard equipment on a base-level Explorer XLT includes a 4.0-liter V6, five-speed automatic transmission, two-wheel drive, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, air conditioning, cruise control, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and Trailer Sway Control, 16-inch painted aluminum wheels, cloth bucket seats with driver-side manual lumbar support, tire pressure monitoring system, digital compass, outside temperature indicator and front, side-impact and two-row side-curtain airbags.
Notable Optional Equipment
Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 4.6-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel or all-wheel drive, third-row seat, leather seats, woodgrain interior accents, voice-activated navigation system, DVD rear-seat entertainment system, premium sound system with six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, auxiliary rear climate control, reverse sensing system, glass sunroof, six- or 10-way power driver's seat, six-way power passenger's seat, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, adjustable pedals, driver-position memory, power-folding third-row seat, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, electrochromic rearview mirror, entry keypad, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, trip computer and 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels.
Under the Hood
The 4.0-liter V6 engine delivers decent mileage and, according to Ford, produces fewer emissions than the previous-generation V6 Explorers. The 24-valve V8 delivers a marked increase in horsepower, along with increases in maximum towing and payload capacities, to 7,300 and 1,520 pounds, respectively. Ironically, the larger and more powerful V8 achieves better fuel economy ratings that the V6.
210 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)
292 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21(2WD), 14/19 (4WD)
With a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $30,000, a base 2010 Explorer XLT is priced within most budgets. The top-of-the-line Explorer Limited with the V8 and all-wheel drive starts closer to $42,500 and, with all the options, tops out around $47,000. Recent Fair Purchase Prices for the Ford Explorer reflect real-world selling prices, so be sure to check them before you set out to buy. In terms of resale value, we expect the 2010 Ford Explorer to hold its value much better than the Dodge Durango and slightly less than the Kia Borrego, but far below the Toyota 4Runner and Honda Pilot.
Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews
March 17, 2016
Great car for what used it for
I would recommend this car to anyone that needs a multi-purpose vehicle. I have carried 8 8foot -4X4's and also take clients out in it.
October 16, 2015
best vehicle i have ever owned
this truck is a dream i love it!!!!
August 10, 2015
owned since new in January 2007
This has been a great SUV. Done only two repairs to the Explorer. radiator at 110,000 miles Transmission at 191,110. The engine...
August 05, 2015
This is an amazing vehicle
This is a great suv, so reliable, I've had to have the transmission rebuilt, but I put a lot of miles on this vehicle and only change...
May 19, 2015
My second Explorer. I love my SUV!!
I love this SUV. Best mid size you can get for the money!
May 15, 2015
I love my Ford!
A great vehicle; dependable and super in snow!
May 13, 2015
Best Vehicle I have ever owned
The Ford Explorer is the nicest vehicle I have ever owned. It fits me in all categories. It is beautiful enough to give you a little...
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May 07, 2015
Purchase new and never had to good back to dealer.
Have owned this vehicle from 2009 till present(2015) and never had a problem with it, only had to do brakes once and two sets of tires.
March 30, 2015
BEST explorer I ever owned
I have owned 7 Explorers. I usually trade every 3 years , but I didn't care for the new body style. I use this to carry a kayak, pull my...
December 18, 2014
This truck has treated me well for years!
I have never had any problems with my 08 Explorer Eddie Bauer. It has run great since I bought it certified 3 years ago. It is spacious...