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2003 Ford Explorer Sport
XLS
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$22,515
2019 Ford Taurus
Limited AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$28,456
9 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2003 Ford Explorer Sport
XLS

The 2003 Ford Explorer Sport was a lame-duck model; Ford had announced its plans to discontinue the two-door Explorer Sport, which no longer really had any unique selling qualities in ...

2019 Ford Taurus
Limited AWD
Andrew Newton Preview:

Ford hasn’t been shy about the fact that the company is dropping its sedan products in an SUV-heavy world. So, the Taurus is living on borrowed time. The current generation debuted 10 ...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2003 Ford Explorer Sport
XLS
10
Zac writes:
OK gas mileage. Does GREAT n snow, everyone else goes 2 miles an hour an I pass them up smoothly, comfortably ...
395
James writes:
Sporty family car (if you have small kids), better for a guy who likes a sporty truck but needs leg room. with...
Front Seats Ranked 2006 Ford Ranger XL 2 Door RWD worse.
"the front seat have more options to lean back and seem more comfortable than the Ranger"
Family Car Ranked 2006 Ford Ranger XL 2 Door RWD worse.
"two adults in a ranger is full up, try to get a child or two with mom and dad, impossible. Explorer 2 dr is nice because kids (in no way shape or form) cannot open the rear door. It will be a pain to get car seats in for toddlers, but 10-16 year olds will be fine and room for groceries in the back without everything going every where in an open pickup bed. "
10
Dariajean writes:
Great car. Starter car for child.
2019 Ford Taurus
Limited AWD
230
BellaQuesita writes:
Very comfortable to drive - very nice! I am short and could easily reach everything. I didn’t think I wanted a...
10
Dane writes:
Clean EcoBoost V6, it makes more power, but power delivery is way worse than the Marauder. That explains why I...

Specs

2003 Ford Explorer Sport
XLS
2019 Ford Taurus
Limited AWD
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
RWD
RWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
14 MPG
15 MPG
17 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
19 MPG
20 MPG
24 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16 gal 19 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
203 hp @ 5,250 RPM
203 hp @ 5,250 RPM
288 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Torque
237 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
237 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM
254 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.7:1
9.7:1
10.8:1
Displacement
4,000 cc
4,000 cc
3,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.95 in x 3.32 in
3.95 in x 3.32 in
3.64 in x 3.41 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags -- Standard
Curtain Airbags -- Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Rollover (pre-2011) 2 stars --
Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Rollover -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 4 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42.4 in 44.2 in
Back Legroom 36.6 in 38.1 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume -- 20.1 cu ft
Standard Payload 940 lbs --
Maximum Payload 600 lbs --
Standard Towing Capacity 5,140 lbs --
Maximum Towing Capacity -- 1,000 lbs
Exterior
Length 180.4 in 202.9 in
Width 70.2 in 85.7 in
Height 68.2 in 60.7 in
Wheelbase 101.8 in 112.9 in

Available Options

2003 Ford Explorer Sport
XLS
2019 Ford Taurus
Limited AWD

Exterior Colors

  • 3-Coat White Platinum Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Blue Metallic
  • Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

Option Packages

  • Driver Assist Package
  • Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System
  • Power Moonroof
  • Wheels: 20" Polished Aluminum

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