Mountain cars: Ford Explorer

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5 mountain cars for ski bums on a budget
Ford Explorer
  • Ford Explorer

  • Base price: $29,135
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 20 mpg
    • Highway - 28 mpg

The power of a 3.5-liter 290-horsepower V-6 engine makes merging, accelerating and pulling a trailer easy.

Performance: With Hill Descent Control, you push a button, and the vehicle maintains a steady speed going down a hill while you focus on steering. Curve Control increases the driver's control in turns, a reason to add it to your list of mountain cars.

Safety: The Explorer XLT model features inflatable rear safety belts that distribute crash-force energy across more of the torso and provide greater support for the head and neck. All Explorers come with front passenger knee air bags, four-wheel antilock brakes, and stability and traction control.

Cargo capacity: With three rows of seats, this sport utility vehicle easily carries seven passengers. The third row split-folds 50/50 into a flat space. With the second and third row of seats folded down, you'll have 80.7 cubic feet of storage space.

Features: An optional remote start button with automatic climate control provides a comfortable 72-degree interior with heated seats and defrosted mirrors. The power lift-gate, also optional, is convenient if your hands are full.


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