The Ford Explorer is a Sport Utility Vehicle primarily used by families and those who prefer the look of an SUV to that of a minivan. Most SUV’s are designed to haul people and cargo and to look good doing it. The Explorer certainly fits that category.
Built by Ford Motor Company and introduced in 1990, the Ford Explorer introduced the world to a new concept vehicle, the Sport Utility Vehicle. Several variations of the Explorer have been developed and four wheel drive is offered with different trim models. The Explorer XL was offered from 1991-1997 and was equiped with a 4.0 Liter V6 engine and and a four speed automatic transmission or a five speed manual transmission.
An Upscale Eddie Bauer Edition Explorer was among the first generation of Explorers and was in production from 1991 through 1994.
The Ford Explorer Limited Edition was even more upscale than the Eddie Bauer model. It came with more features as standard equipment such as Sutomatic headlights, foglamps, automatic transmission, auto dimming rear view mirror and a center roof console with outside thermometer as well as a compass.
Although the Ford Explorer was offered with four wheel drive as an option. The vehicle was never intended to be used as a true off road vehicle and most people never considered using it as such.