From Ford press: The award-winning Ford Explorer is America's best-selling sport utility vehicle, 14 years and counting. For 2005, Explorer introduces segment-leading safety technology across all series.
Standard on all models, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control provides active stability enhancement using sensors to determine the vehicle's roll speed and roll angle. The system is unique because it also monitors the potential for rollover.
If the system detects that one or more wheels are about to leave the ground, it triggers the AdvanceTrac stability system to reduce engine power and/or apply braking to the necessary wheels to help settle the vehicle, allowing the driver to maintain control.
Explorer also offers an optional Safety Canopy™ side-curtain air bag system with rollover protection, while the Personal Safety System™ and anti-lock brakes are standard equipment.
The 2005 Explorer is available in XLS, XLS Sport, XLT, XLT Sport, Eddie Bauer and Limited trims. It is built in St. Louis, Mo., and Louisville, Ky.
The Explorer is powered by a choice of either of two engines: A 4.6-liter V-8 or a 4.0 liter V-6. The 4.6-liter V-8 uses aluminum block and heads and is an overhead-cam design. It delivers 239 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque and will go 100,000 miles before its first scheduled tune-up.
Towing capability comes built-in. The standard receiver hitch offers Class II towing capability. A towing package provides Class III/IV towing capability of up to 7,140 pounds when properly equipped.