The gauntlet has been thrown, and now it's up to you to decide how well the Explorer development team has done. For better driver comfort — particularly for very tall or shorter stature drivers — power adjustable accelerator and brake pedals are available, while the Reverse Sensing System is available as a parking aid. Ford said V6 Explorers did it in 10. This years 2002 Ford Explorer brings with it a brand new design that includes improvements in its powerplants for a quiet yet more powerful performance and increased towing capacity, along with an independent rear suspension and AdvanceTrac interactive vehicle dynamics system. Instruments have bold, clear markings. In many areas, form meets function.
Dealers will inspect and replace affected parts. Torso side airbags were not available, but curtain side airbags were optional. The Ford Explorer has led that growth. Instead, both ends are independently sprung by a short- and long-arm suspension setup with coil springs. Thus, the system figures out which end has the best traction before getting itself into more trouble by blindly sending power to where it may not necessarily be needed. Fuel economy city 17 mpg Interior cargo width min.
This configuration offers ease of access to the third row and the ability to customize the cargo area for long or odd-sized items. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice. Anchors in all second- and third-row passenger positions offer secure attachments for child safety seat tethers. To help reduce its impact on the environment, Explorer is an estimated 90-percent recyclable by weight. Interior Features The 2002 Ford Explorer has an increased cabin width of two inches, and offers optional third-row seating that accommodates two adults bringing the seating capacity from five passengers to seven passengers. All four wheels are controlled by coil-over-shock assemblies that are isolated from side loads, and are engineered to reduce unsprung weight — for best response to steering input and road surface irregularities. For those of you with tougher towing demands for work or play, go for the upgraded towing package - it'll pull 7,300 lbs with no problem.
This feature calls on the four-wheel drive only when required, and directs torque appropriately to the wheels that need it. In fact, our sources tell us they jumped at the chance to make the next-generation Explorer technically superior in just about every way beneath its rather conservatively styled flanks. Fortunately, it seems the team was up to the task. The third-row seat cushion is low to the floor, and pancake-flat, but head room is expansive and leg space surprisingly good. Riders get plenty of room up front on comfortable seats.
Cabin materials are of good quality. The standard tilt steering wheel, and available memory seat and adjustable pedals, custom-tailor the driving position. From our brief look, the guy in the dark suit with the serious brow and the weight of the world on his shoulders can take a few days off to relax. But a closer look downstairs reveals some startling discoveries. Engines intrude only under full throttle, though the V8 is quieter than a V6.
Each model adds to the luxury or performance of the previous vehicle. Where most of the industry is moving toward more carlike unibody chassis, the new Explorer still rides on an as-God-intended truck-traditional steel-ladder frame bolted beneath a steel body. Safety and Security Standard fare on the 2002 Ford Explorer includes a driver depowered air bag, passenger depowered air bag, three-point seatbelts, and strategic crumple zones to channel the energy of an impact away from the cabin. And now it's time to build a new one. The jewel-like complex reflector headlamps provide better lighting. The standard engine is an improved 4. It is well on its way to another record-setting sales year in 2000.
It is the only market segment that has experienced double-digit sales growth every year during this period. Sprinkled throughout the cabin are handy water bottle holders, two under floor storage bins five-seat model only , one under floor storage bin in the seven-passenger option, and optional auxiliary air conditioning with moonroof available. Actually, the redesign is long overdue. The best news, however, is the addition of a third-row seat. For example, full-grip exterior door handles replace the former fingertip paddles — to aid ease of use for all passengers. Explorer production will use an estimated 6.
Up another level, the available 4. Steel bars inside the doors enhance protection in side impacts. Safety and Security Standard fare on the 2002 Ford Explorer includes a driver depowered air bag, passenger depowered air bag, three-point seatbelts, and strategic crumple zones to channel the energy of an impact away from the cabin. In addition, slipping the shocks inside the springs helps prevent binding. Trouble Spots Coolant leak Description: Coolant may leak at the intake manifold crossover due to a crack in the manifold on 4. Head restraints in all seating positions help reduce the risk of neck injuries. Most controls are illuminated and within easy reach.