2001 Ford Explorer Sport Overview

Explorer Sport

Looking for a Used Explorer Sport in your area?

CarGurus has 475 nationwide Explorer Sport listings starting at $1,700.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



145 national listings
95 national listings

Ford Explorer Sport Experts

#1 chassy
Reputation 330
#2 Peter Nichols
Peter Nichols
Reputation 110
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 70
View All

Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 25 reviews

Big Old Take Me Anywhere Car by xinabella
 — I have had three Explorers and I like the size and roominess. I have dogs and the crates fit perfectly without blocking my sight lines and also give me room for groceries. It has a comfortable seat fo... Read More
My Suv by Nick
 — I bought my SUV about 6 weeks ago and I absolutely love this truck. I have never owned anything that preformed the way this did. Four days ago we got hit with 4" of ice and my Ford was a beast in it. ... Read More
Ford Explorer Sport 2dr. Awd by Tyler
 — I love that custom paintjobs look good on it. The V6 engine just keeps going when at full throttle. It's not too bad on gas, fun to drive because it's small but not to small. The AWD could go but it... Read More

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Overview

Overall User Score

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars45

Based on 25 reviews

2001 Ford Explorer Sport

The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport was the trim that became an SUV.  For some reason, Ford made the decision to spin off its two-door Explorers into the "Explorer Sport" instead of including them in its 2001 upgrade of the Explorer.

Based on the desperately-seeking-an-update mid-90s Explorer platform, the 2001 Explorer Sport was kind of a tough sell.  There wasn't anything particularly 'sporty' about it, either; if you got the optional four-wheel-drive, you could take the thing off-road, but that was about it.  As midsize SUVs went, the Explorer Sport was nothing too special.

Still, some drivers loved it for its smaller wheelbase, tight turn ratio, and easy handling.  Under the hood, the '01 Ford Explorer Sport packed a  4.0 liter, single overhead cam V6 with 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque.  Gas mileage wasn't too bad by SUV standards, with 15-16 mpg city, 19 mpg highway.


What's your take on the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport?

People researching a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport contacted a dealer about

2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Dr STD 4WD SUV picture, exterior
Ford Explorer Sport
18% of the time
Ford Explorer
17% of the time
Ford Mustang
5% of the time
Jeep Grand Cherokee
5% of the time
Explorer Sport
Looking for a Used Explorer Sport in your area?
CarGurus has 475 nationwide Explorer Sport listings starting at $1,700.

Ford Explorer Sport Questions


My 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Will Start But When I Take My Foot Off The Gas ...

39 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)
Rusty Denmon

Can Not Get Any Electrical Power

ok I have a 2001 ford explorer sport v6. it has set for a couple of months I changed fuel filter and had to drain tank because it had gotten stuck in water and mud and sat there overnight then was tow...

13 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Frances Miranda

Its A 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

My question was about car not starting an anti theft

3 views with 6 answers (last answer about a month ago)

01 Explorer Sport Has Serious Rust Issues

Anybody else have rust issues ? All along the rocker panels on the underside and all the area above the spare tire area, body mounts also completely rusted... Thought rust was a thing of the past...

8 views with no answers yet
Jen Richardson

Ford Question

"i've had the fuel injector pump replaced,new battery, and still nothing.. My car acts like it want to start but never does. I have to keep turning the ignition on n off until it catches and start.....

31 views with 9 answers (last answer 2 months ago)