2002 Ford Explorer

    2002 Ford Explorer Review Summaries

    What reviewers liked most about the Ford Explorer

    • ...new rear suspension also allows engineers to lower the floor by seven inches in the back.

      - AutoWeek
    • ...the rear glass window, cut low for easy rear access, swings up separately from the metal door.

      - AutoWeek
    • A unique feature is optional power adjustable brakes and accelerator pedals.

      - Canadian Driver
    • ...designed for greater towing capacities.

      - Canadian Driver
    • ...larger door openings with a lower step-in height for ease of entry and exit.

      - Edmunds.com
    • Handling and ride quality are improved with a new frame and an independent rear suspension.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • ...same overall length as the previous model, but it sits on a (two-inch) longer wheelbase and a much wider track, making it more stable and more comfortable.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • All new for 2002, the Ford Explorer is better than the previous version in every respect.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • ... the Ford Explorer is better than the previous version in every respect.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • Performance is quicker with new or improved overhead-cam engines.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • ...the biggest news for the Explorer is the availability of third-row seating, allowing it to carry up to seven passengers.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • The headliner is a new safety canopy... designed to protect occupants during a rollover in addition to protecting them from a side impact by staying inflated for a much longer period of time.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • There's more ground clearance and plenty of new safety features.

      - The Car Connection
    • Braking. No longer sloppy and vague...

      - USA Today

    What reviewers liked least about the Ford Explorer

    • ...the V6 is fine for around town. But it's a long time passing Peterbilts on a freeway grade.

      - Popular Mechanics
    • Unfortunately, some of the suspension's benefits are lost by the hard, flat seats.

      - Popular Mechanics

    Ford Explorer Comparisons

    • While it robs storage space, the Explorer's extra seat is more comfortable than the [Dodge] Durango's.

      - Popular Mechanics

    Best one-liner about the Ford Explorer

    • ...3.5 times as stiff in torsion... By modern model-upgrade standards, that's a leap of several quanta.

      - Car and Driver
    • The mud was slick and deep. [But in the] redesigned Ford Explorer... the goo might as well have been asphalt.

      - USA Today
    • ...Explorer had shed its buckboard behavior." It tamed the wretched path without jostling the occupants.

      - USA Today

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