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Ford Explorer Gas Mileage: 1991 – 2013

The iconic Ford Explorer was introduced in the 1991 model year, setting the stage for the SUV era. Although the Explorer was a best-seller for Ford, gas mileage has never been one of its strong suits.

The 2008 Ford Explorer (shown above) can be fitted with either a 4.0 liter V-6 or a 4.6 liter V-8 engine. The V-6 produces 210 horsepower (HP) and 254 foot pounds of torque, while the V-8 produces 292 HP and 300 foot pounds of torque. The V-6 is mated to a five-speed automatic, while the V-8 is mated to a six-speed automatic. Both transmissions are equipped with overdrive.

Now in its fourth generation, the Explorer is poised for a remake. The Ford Explorer America concept, first unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show points to a new green direction. The move from body-on-frame to unibody construction and a lighter weight, along with a new direct injection EcoBoost engine should allow the next generation Explorer to be significantly more fuel efficient than the present model.

Given Ford’s emphasis on direct injection gasoline technology, it appears unlikely that the new Explorer will be fitted with a fuel-efficient diesel engine in the near future. The odds on a hybrid Explorer are significantly lower.


Ford Explorer Gas Mileage – 1991-2013

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Trans. City Hwy. Comb. Fuel
2013FordExplorer FWD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)172420Regular
2013FordExplorer FWD4 cyl.2 literAuto 6-spd202823Regular
2013FordExplorer AWD FFV6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)172319FlexFuel
2013FordExplorer AWD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)162218Regular
2013FordExplorer 2WD FFV6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)172420FlexFuel
2012FordExplorer FWD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)182520Regular
2012FordExplorer FWD4 cyl.2 literAuto 6-spd202823Regular
2012FordExplorer AWD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)172319Regular
2011FordExplorer FWD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto 6-spd172520Regular
2011FordExplorer FWD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)172520Regular
2011FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto 6-spd172319Regular
2011FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.3.5 literAuto (S6)172319Regular
2010FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd141916Regular
2010FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2010FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd152117Regular
2010FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016Regular
2010FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd141916Regular
2010FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2010FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd152117Regular
2010FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016Regular
2009FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd141916Regular
2009FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2009FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd152117Regular
2009FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016Regular
2009FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd141916Regular
2009FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2009FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd152117Regular
2009FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016Regular
2008FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd131915Regular
2008FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2008FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd132016Regular
2008FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016Regular
2008FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd131915Regular
2008FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2008FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd132016Regular
2008FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016Regular
2007FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd131815Regular
2007FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2007FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd132016Regular
2007FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2007FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd131815Regular
2007FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2007FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd132016Regular
2007FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016Regular
2006FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd131815Regular
2006FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915Regular
2006FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 6-spd131915Regular
2006FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2005FordExplorer Sport Trac FFV 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815FlexFuel
2005FordExplorer Sport Trac FFV 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915FlexFuel
2005FordExplorer FFV 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815FlexFuel
2005FordExplorer FFV 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131915FlexFuel
2005FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131714Regular
2005FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2005FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2005FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2004FordExplorer Sport Trac FFV 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916FlexFuel
2004FordExplorer Sport Trac FFV 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016FlexFuel
2004FordExplorer 4WD FFV6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916FlexFuel
2004FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2004FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2004FordExplorer 2WD FFV6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd142016FlexFuel
2004FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2004FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd151816Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd151916Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141715Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2003FordExplorer Sport 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
2003FordExplorer 4WD FFV6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916FlexFuel
2003FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2003FordExplorer 2WD FFV6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916FlexFuel
2003FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2002FordExplorer USPS Electric cyl.EVEV453339Electricity
2002FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2002FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141816Regular
2002FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2002FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
2002FordExplorer Sport 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2002FordExplorer Sport 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141815Regular
2002FordExplorer Sport 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd152017Regular
2002FordExplorer Sport 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162017Regular
2002FordExplorer FFV 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916FlexFuel
2002FordExplorer FFV 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916FlexFuel
2002FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131714Regular
2002FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2002FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141816Regular
2002FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.4.6 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2002FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2002FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
2001FordExplorer USPS FFV 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131715FlexFuel
2001FordExplorer USPS FFV 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd152017FlexFuel
2001FordExplorer USPS Electric cyl.EVEV453339Electricity
2001FordExplorer USPS 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2001FordExplorer USPS 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd152017Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport Trac 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141816Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport Trac 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd151917Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport FFV 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131715FlexFuel
2001FordExplorer Sport FFV 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd152017FlexFuel
2001FordExplorer Sport 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141816Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd152017Regular
2001FordExplorer Sport 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162018Regular
2001FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd131815Regular
2001FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
2001FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd131815Regular
2001FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd152017Regular
2000FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd131815Regular
2000FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2000FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
2000FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd151916Regular
2000FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd131815Regular
2000FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2000FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
2000FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162118Regular
2000FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141715FlexFuel
1999FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd131714Regular
1999FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
1999FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
1999FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141916Regular
1999FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd131815Regular
1999FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
1999FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
1999FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162118Regular
1998FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd121714Regular
1998FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131815Regular
1998FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
1998FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd141816Regular
1998FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd121714Regular
1998FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
1998FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141816Regular
1998FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
1997FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd121714Regular
1997FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
1997FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd131715Regular
1997FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd151916Regular
1997FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd121714Regular
1997FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141916Regular
1997FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 5-spd141815Regular
1997FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162218Regular
1996FordExplorer 4WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd121714Regular
1996FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd131915Regular
1996FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd151916Regular
1996FordExplorer 2WD8 cyl.5 literAuto 4-spd121714Regular
1996FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd142016Regular
1996FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162118Regular
1995FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd141815Regular
1995FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
1995FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd141916Regular
1995FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162118Regular
1994FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd141815Regular
1994FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
1994FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd141916Regular
1994FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162018Regular
1993FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd141816Regular
1993FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
1993FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd152017Regular
1993FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162218Regular
1992FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd141815Regular
1992FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
1992FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd152016Regular
1992FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd152017Regular
1991FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd141916Regular
1991FordExplorer 4WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd151916Regular
1991FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literAuto 4-spd152016Regular
1991FordExplorer 2WD6 cyl.4 literManual 5-spd162118Regular

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5 comments ↓

#1 Dakoda Hoffman on 01.18.11 at 11:29 pm

hey everyone, i was on this website to check out the gas mileage on a 1991 Ford Explorer 2wd. To my surprise i am actually getting just under the gas mileage that it says. I get 15.5 miles to the gallon, I was getting like 8 miles to the gallon until I went to quaker state and started changing my fluids regularly and running a powerpack through.

#2 sjhanc on 02.07.12 at 11:00 am

I drive a 91 explorer with 5 sp stick and 319k miles on it. The second junkyard trans is bad and the power steering leaks.the engine oozes oil from every seal. I have to use 50 wt. To slow consumption. It gets 19.8 city and 23.4 hwy. I commute 40+ miles 6 days wk. I keep telling myself I need to junk it and get an mpg veh. It keeps going and with cheap ins and no payments its like cheating and driving free. Every time I check the cost of even an old used car I am put off by the difference in total operating costs between this junkheap and even a 10 yr old veh. I’m going to drive it until it stops, then bag the ant and catch a cab.

#3 JMB Hudson on 10.26.12 at 10:52 pm

I have a 1999 model 2WD with the 4.0L V6 and I have done as good as 25 on the highway but would average around 19 overall before. I put a new set of all terrain tires on it and now I’m only averaging 17 or 18 now. I love the vehicle though and I’m planning on trying a few little things to add MPG like take an alternate route, go easier on the throttle and maybe get a tune up.

#4 Shane-O on 03.04.13 at 7:12 pm

I had a 98 Explorer XLT AWD 5.0 V8. I was given the truck about 7 years ago. I actually loved it except the gas mileage. About 3 years ago it overrheated & the heater hoses blew apart bre. aking a. part. I bypassed the heater core and got a few more years out of it. I spent last years tax refund fixing it up instead of getting a new used vehicle. New radiator, starter, water puml, thermostat, brakes & rotors. A neighbor fixed it and everything went fine until he changed the water pump. He broje a bolt coming off the engine block. He ket making excuses when asked about tapping the bolt. he did rig it up and amazingly it ran fine the way he secured & sealed it but still u couldnt trust it for long trips. The v8 ford is an amazing engine. Any other car wouldve died long ago. I would think twice about letting any old shadetree mechanic fix the water pump

#5 lids on 07.11.13 at 2:23 pm

How much gas or money would I spend on a 300 mile trip from Philadelphia to upstate ny

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