When drivers throughout Birmingham and the surrounding areas want a pre-owned SUV, they turn to Stivers Ford of Birmingham. Our location offers one of the largest selections of used sports utility vehicles, and that includes the Ford Explorer, which is by far the most popular option in this region. In this review, we’re going to take a closer look at the 2019 Ford Explorer in particular. With the 2020 model, Ford introduced an all-new sixth generation. The 2019 model closes out the fifth generation that had been introduced way back in 2011, and it’s an excellent option for your used Ford Explorer because it strikes an excellent balance between price, performance and modern amenities and technologies.
Every used Ford Explorer in this model year and throughout the fifth generation has a 119.1-inch wheelbase, a 7.9-inch minimum ground clearance and a 198.8-inch overall length, which is about 16.5 feet. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard. The Limited has 20-inch wheels. As you move up trim levels, the aesthetic is a bit fancier as Ford adds more chrome and other accents. A power liftgate is standard with all models available at Stivers Ford of Birmingham. LED exterior lighting is also standard, and if you opt for the Limited trim level for your used Ford Explorer in Birmingham, you’ll also get a hands-free power liftgate and LED fog lamps.
Birmingham used SUVs are popular because our customers need people and cargo haulers, and the 2019 Ford Explorer certainly delivers on that front. The default interior configuration is seating for seven in a 2-3-2 layout, and that setup is the most prevalent. However, you can find, especially with the upper trim levels, bucket seats in the second row that drop capacity to six. Front legroom is 43 inches. Second-row legroom is 39 inches. Third-row legroom is more than 32 inches, which is enough for adults, and you get more than 18 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space with up to about 84 cubes available. The base model is simply called the Explorer and boasts a rather upscale interior. The popular up-level XLT adds a more robust infotainment setup, satellite radio and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Limited adds leather seating and heated and cooled seats up front. The ST is similar as far as the cabin goes, and the Platinum adds premium leather, premium sound and a panoramic sunroof.
Trailering equipment was available across the lineup. You can certainly find a used Ford Explorer in Birmingham with that equipment already installed or even have it installed after the fact. However, if you plan to do a lot of towing, you may want to target the ST model. It came standard with the trailering package. It’s able to tow up to 5,600 pounds, which is more than the lower trim levels, and it also has a firmer suspension that is a bit more favorable to towing a trailer.
There are a number of engines available among these Birmingham used SUVs in particular. Rear-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available, and in both cases, the transmission is a shiftable six-speed automatic. The base engine for this used Ford Explorer is a 3.5-liter V6: 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Some base, XLT and Limited models will have a 2.3-liter turbo four instead—280 hp and 310 lb.-ft.—as it was available as an option. There is also a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6—365 hp and 350 lb.-ft—that is standard with the ST and optional with the Platinum.
The base Explorer has a 4.2-inch touch screen, Sync voice control and a rearview camera. The XLT and up are probably preferable for a used Ford Explorer in Birmingham for the average customer as those get the Sync 3 software, an 8-inch touch screen and Apple and Android integration. You can also find models with the Ford Safe and Smart add-on, which features advanced driver assists. You could also opt for the Platinum and guarantee those features along with some extras, such as automated parking.
You can visit Stivers Ford of Birmingham at your convenience to shop our Birmingham used SUVs in person and test-drive any models that interest you. You can also shop for your used Ford Explorer in Birmingham online through our website, and if you call or email, our team is happy to answer questions and help you find the features you want.*This article is for informational purposes only. Please contact the dealership for complete and current details.