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Ford Explorer Fuel Economy (MPG)

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Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 90 0 10 0 N/A 18.800
2015 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 90 0 10 0 18.8  
  Averages flat med light 90 0 10 0 18.8
With the 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, 2015 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 18.8 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2015 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in heavy traffic (about 90 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (10 percent), on the highway at an average speed of miles per hour (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2015 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2013 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.800
2013 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.8  
  Averages flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.8
With the 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, the 2013 Ford Explorer has been averaging 21.8 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2013 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 70 miles per hour (about 45 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (30 percent), in heavy traffic (25 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2013 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 68 21.400
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 68 21.4  
  Averages flat light none 0 0 20 80 68 21.4
With the 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, 2012 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 21.4 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2012 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 68 miles per hour (about 80 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (20 percent), in heavy traffic (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2012 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 0 10 90 75 18.713
  flat light none 0 10 30 60 70 17.892
  flat light none 0 0 10 90 75 18.621
  flat med light 1 24 25 50 70 20.400
  flat med hvy 1 32 33 33 70 19.600
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 0 13 22 65 72 19.0  
  Averages flat med light 0 13 22 65 72 19.0
With the 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, 2012 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 19.0 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2012 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 72 miles per hour (about 65 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (22 percent), in the city (13 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2012 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.600
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.6  
  Averages flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.6
With the 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, the 2011 Ford Explorer has been averaging 15.6 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2011 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 73 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in heavy traffic (9 percent), in the suburbs (9 percent), and on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (9 percent).

In addition the average 2011 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.000
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.0  
  Averages flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.0
With the 290-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, 2011 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 22.0 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2011 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 55 miles per hour (about 80 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in heavy traffic (10 percent), in the suburbs (10 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2011 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2009 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.500
2009 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.5  
  Averages flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.5
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2009 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 18.5 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2009 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (about 100 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in heavy traffic (0 percent), in the suburbs (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2009 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2009 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.500
  hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 18.900
2009 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.2  
  Averages hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.2
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, the 2009 Ford Explorer has been averaging 19.2 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2009 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (about 45 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (30 percent), in the city (20 percent), and in heavy traffic (5 percent).

In addition the average 2009 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on hilly terrain with a light foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.500
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.5  
  Averages flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.5
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, 2008 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 16.5 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2008 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (about 75 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (20 percent), in the city (5 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2008 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat v.lt hvy 0 0 50 50 65 18.143
  flat light hvy 0 0 75 25 65 16.319
  flat v.lt hvy 0 0 50 50 65 15.920
  flat light hvy 0 0 70 30 65 16.200
  flat light hvy 0 0 70 30 65 16.400
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 0 63 37 65 16.6  
  Averages flat light hvy 0 0 63 37 65 16.6
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, 2008 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 16.6 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2008 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the suburbs (about 63 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 65 miles per hour (37 percent), in heavy traffic (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2008 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 0 28 72 0 N/A 17.800
  flat med none 0 10 0 90 75 17.400
  hills med light 0 28 72 0 N/A 17.800
  hills med light 0 28 72 0 N/A 17.500
  hills med none 0 28 72 0 N/A 16.600
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med none 0 24 58 18 75 17.4  
  Averages hills med none 0 24 58 18 75 17.4
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, the 2008 Ford Explorer has been averaging 17.4 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2008 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the suburbs (about 58 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (24 percent), on the highway at an average speed of 75 miles per hour (18 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2008 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on hilly terrain with a medium foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2007 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 0 0 100 75 18.778
  flat med hvy 0 0 0 100 75 22.000
  flat med hvy 0 0 90 10 65 14.313
  flat med hvy 0 0 0 100 80 19.824
  mtns med light 0 0 0 100 70 19.786
2007 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 0 18 82 73 18.9  
  Averages flat med hvy 0 0 18 82 73 18.9
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2007 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 18.9 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2007 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 73 miles per hour (about 82 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (18 percent), in heavy traffic (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2007 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light hvy 20 30 20 30 74 19.600
  flat lead hvy 50 0 0 50 62 13.800
  flat light none 0 0 10 90 60 20.700
  flat lead hvy 50 0 0 50 62 13.800
  flat light none 0 10 5 85 70 20.600
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 24 8 7 61 66 17.7  
  Averages flat med light 24 8 7 61 66 17.7
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2007 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 17.7 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2007 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 66 miles per hour (about 61 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in heavy traffic (24 percent), in the city (8 percent), and in the suburbs (7 percent).

In addition the average 2007 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 0 0 0 100 70 20.214
  flat light light 0 0 0 100 70 20.696
  flat light light 0 35 20 45 70 18.563
  flat light light 0 5 30 65 70 18.622
  flat light light 0 30 25 45 70 17.889
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 0 14 15 71 70 19.2  
  Averages flat light light 0 14 15 71 70 19.2
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, the 2006 Ford Explorer has been averaging 19.2 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2006 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 70 miles per hour (about 71 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (15 percent), in the city (14 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2006 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 0 100 0 N/A 15.779
  flat light none 0 50 50 0 N/A 13.889
  hills med light 10 50 0 40 70 13.900
  hills med light 25 25 40 10 70 12.900
  flat light none 0 0 0 100 62 18.400
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 7 25 38 30 67 15.0  
  Averages flat med light 7 25 38 30 67 15.0
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2006 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 15.0 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2006 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the suburbs (about 38 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 67 miles per hour (30 percent), in the city (25 percent), and in heavy traffic (7 percent).

In addition the average 2006 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 85 10 0 5 75 17.000
  flat med none 0 0 75 25 70 18.000
  flat light light 15 30 15 40 70 21.212
  flat light none 10 80 10 0 N/A 20.000
  flat med none 0 0 75 25 70 18.000
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 22 24 35 19 71 18.8  
  Averages flat med light 22 24 35 19 71 18.8
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, 2006 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 18.8 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2006 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the suburbs (about 35 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (24 percent), in heavy traffic (22 percent), and on the highway at an average speed of 71 miles per hour (19 percent).

In addition the average 2006 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light hvy 10 50 20 20 65 15.000
  flat light hvy 10 50 20 20 65 15.000
  flat light hvy 0 80 0 20 70 16.500
  flat light none 10 50 20 20 60 13.900
  hills med none 0 0 50 50 60 15.700
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 6 46 22 26 64 15.2  
  Averages flat light light 6 46 22 26 64 15.2
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, the 2006 Ford Explorer has been averaging 15.2 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2006 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 46 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 64 miles per hour (26 percent), in the suburbs (22 percent), and in heavy traffic (6 percent).

In addition the average 2006 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 17 18 65 75 16.500
  flat med light 0 0 0 100 75 18.500
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 9 9 83 75 17.5  
  Averages flat med light 0 9 9 83 75 17.5
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, 2005 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 17.5 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2005 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 75 miles per hour (about 83 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (9 percent), in the suburbs (9 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2005 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 5 5 10 80 62 16.200
  flat light light 0 20 60 20 65 16.000
  flat light light 10 30 30 30 75 17.000
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 18 33 43 67 16.4  
  Averages flat light light 5 18 33 43 67 16.4
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2005 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 16.4 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2005 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 67 miles per hour (about 43 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (33 percent), in the city (18 percent), and in heavy traffic (5 percent).

In addition the average 2005 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.000
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.0  
  Averages flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.0
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, the 2005 Ford Explorer has been averaging 18.0 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2005 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (about 50 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (20 percent), in heavy traffic (20 percent), and in the suburbs (10 percent).

In addition the average 2005 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a lead foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 50 50 0 0 N/A 14.000
  flat light none 40 40 10 10 55 12.500
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 45 45 5 5 55 13.3  
  Averages flat light none 45 45 5 5 55 13.3
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2005 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 13.3 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2005 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in heavy traffic (about 45 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (45 percent), in the suburbs (5 percent), and on the highway at an average speed of 55 miles per hour (5 percent).

In addition the average 2005 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat v.lt none 0 25 25 50 65 15.000
  hills med hvy 10 20 40 30 70 15.500
  flat light none 10 60 20 10 56 9.000
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 7 35 28 30 64 13.2  
  Averages flat light light 7 35 28 30 64 13.2
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2004 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 13.2 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2004 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 35 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 64 miles per hour (30 percent), in the suburbs (28 percent), and in heavy traffic (7 percent).

In addition the average 2004 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 10 20 40 30 60 17.000
  flat light light 40 40 0 20 60 13.000
  flat light light 0 0 0 100 60 20.000
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 17 20 13 50 60 16.7  
  Averages flat light light 17 20 13 50 60 16.7
With the 239-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, the 2004 Ford Explorer has been averaging 16.7 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2004 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (about 50 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (20 percent), in heavy traffic (17 percent), and in the suburbs (13 percent).

In addition the average 2004 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.758
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.8  
  Averages flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.8
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, 2004 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 18.8 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2004 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 65 miles per hour (about 95 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in heavy traffic (5 percent), in the suburbs (0 percent), and in the city (0 percent).

In addition the average 2004 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills v.lt light 0 0 34 66 70 16.053
  hills med hvy 10 40 10 40 60 19.000
  flat light hvy 20 20 10 50 60 14.200
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills light hvy 10 20 18 52 63 16.4  
  Averages hills light hvy 10 20 18 52 63 16.4
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, 2004 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 16.4 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2004 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 63 miles per hour (about 52 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (20 percent), in the suburbs (18 percent), and in heavy traffic (10 percent).

In addition the average 2004 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on hilly terrain with a light foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 20 40 30 10 65 15.800
  flat lead hvy 0 10 30 60 65 13.000
  flat lead none 5 5 40 50 87 13.100
  flat v.lt light 1 22 32 44 60 15.200
  flat med none 0 10 30 60 75 15.000
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 17 32 45 70 14.4  
  Averages flat med light 5 17 32 45 70 14.4
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, the 2003 Ford Explorer has been averaging 14.4 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2003 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 70 miles per hour (about 45 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (32 percent), in the city (17 percent), and in heavy traffic (5 percent).

In addition the average 2003 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med none 25 40 10 25 70 16.396
  flat med light 10 50 15 25 60 19.200
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 18 45 13 25 65 17.8  
  Averages flat med light 18 45 13 25 65 17.8
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, 2003 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 17.8 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2003 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 45 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 65 miles per hour (25 percent), in heavy traffic (18 percent), and in the suburbs (13 percent).

In addition the average 2003 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 25 10 40 25 70 14.500
  hills med hvy 25 10 40 25 70 19.744
  flat light none 25 25 25 25 62 16.000
  flat med light 4 7 15 74 65 18.600
  flat light none 2 18 40 40 65 19.000
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 16 14 32 38 66 17.6  
  Averages flat med light 16 14 32 38 66 17.6
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2003 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 17.6 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2003 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 66 miles per hour (about 38 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (32 percent), in heavy traffic (16 percent), and in the city (14 percent).

In addition the average 2003 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 0 10 10 80 81 18.400
  hills v.lt hvy 0 40 40 20 60 16.000
  flat med light 25 15 30 30 74 14.700
  mtns med none 0 0 0 100 80 17.122
  flat med light 2 30 58 10 70 13.900
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 5 19 28 48 73 16.0  
  Averages hills med light 5 19 28 48 73 16.0
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, the 2002 Ford Explorer has been averaging 16.0 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2002 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 73 miles per hour (about 48 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (28 percent), in the city (19 percent), and in heavy traffic (5 percent).

In addition the average 2002 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on hilly terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.000
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.0  
  Averages flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.0
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2002 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 17.0 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2002 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 40 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (30 percent), on the highway at an average speed of 65 miles per hour (30 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2002 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on most or all of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 5 25 40 30 70 20.000
  flat med none 5 25 35 35 70 18.500
  flat light hvy 10 15 35 40 70 16.000
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 7 22 37 35 70 18.2  
  Averages flat light light 7 22 37 35 70 18.2
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, 2002 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 18.2 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2002 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the suburbs (about 37 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 70 miles per hour (35 percent), in the city (22 percent), and in heavy traffic (7 percent).

In addition the average 2002 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 20 0 60 20 75 20.220
  flat lead none 8 3 62 28 75 18.000
  flat med light 25 5 10 60 60 19.500
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 18 3 44 36 70 19.2  
  Averages flat med light 18 3 44 36 70 19.2
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, the 2002 Ford Explorer has been averaging 19.2 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2002 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the suburbs (about 44 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were on the highway at an average speed of 70 miles per hour (36 percent), in heavy traffic (18 percent), and in the city (3 percent).

In addition the average 2002 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2001 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 75 25 0 N/A 11.400
2001 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 75 25 0 0 11.4  
  Averages flat light none 0 75 25 0 0 11.4
With the 210-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2001 Ford Explorer gas mileage has been averaging 11.4 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2001 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly in the city (about 75 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (25 percent), in heavy traffic (0 percent), and on the highway at an average speed of 0 miles per hour (0 percent).

In addition the average 2001 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a light foot and the AC not used at all.
 
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2000 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 5.0L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat v.lt none 0 10 60 30 65 18.619
  flat v.lt none 0 10 5 85 55 17.000
2000 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 5.0L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8  
  Averages flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8
With the 292-horsepower 4.6L V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive w/low range, 2000 Ford Explorer fuel economy has been averaging 17.8 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2000 Ford Explorers in this analysis were driven mostly on the highway at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (about 58 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the suburbs (33 percent), in the city (10 percent), and in heavy traffic (0 percent).

In addition the average 2000 Ford Explorer in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with an ultra-light foot and the AC not used at all.

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We initially went in looking for a commuter vehicle with High mpg... but the sport they had jumped out at us and we were on the hunt for one... in the wife's daily 45 mile drive to work she's averaging 20 mpg which is comparable to the Audi's 4 cylinder and my truck's 8 cylinder.
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said.
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For such a beast I'm pleased with the gas mileage. I average 19-21 in almost all city/suburban stoplight and rush hour driving. Highway mileage drops fast if you drive over 70. Keep it under 70 and I get about 24.
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a mid-sized SUV, fuel economy is still as good or better than many 2008 cross-overs, and has all of the luxury features I like.
Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not really bad, but not that great either. To be expected for a vehicle this heavy
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch!
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
wish it was higher. Part of our problem is that wanted and bought a model with the towing package. The lower gearing does impact fuel economy
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Gets poor fuel economy, but that is expected from a large SUV
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a low output V6 (210hp) I would expect better gas mileage for this 4,400 suv. I average 14 to 18 mpg per tank depending on mix of city/highway.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six.
 

Ford Explorer Gas Mileage (MPG)

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