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Introduced in 1991, when American drivers were just starting to embrace the SUV as the vehicle of choice, the Ford Explorer has firmly established itself as a leading model in the three-row midsize SUV segment. With its roominess, choice of powerful engines, and rugged design, the Explorer gives drivers a vehicle perfect for commuting to work or driving the family around town––especially when you buy Certified Pre-Owned (CPO). We are proud to offer drivers an excellent selection of Certified Pre-Owned Ford Explorer models. Buying a CPO Explorer is a great way to get behind the wheel of this vehicle, as it gives you a more affordable price than if you buy a new Explorer while providing you with a wonderful assortment of benefits courtesy of the Ford CPO program.

When you visit our dealership, you will be greeted by our friendly sales staff, who will be happy to show you all the Ford Explorers we currently have available on our lot. As an authorized dealer, we are able to participate in Ford Blue Advantage, Ford’s CPO program. This has two levels: Gold Certified and Blue Certified. Gold Certified includes Ford models up to six years old with fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer, while Blue Certified covers any used model up to 10 years old with no more than 120,000 miles. This way, you can find a CPO Ford Explorer from a wide range of model years.


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About the Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer first hit the roads here in Sacramento back in 1991. Those first Explorers came with two doors or four doors, seating up to five passengers. This would change in 2002. That year, the third generation of the Explorer was introduced, and it would revolutionize the SUV world. In addition to a larger body with four-wheel independent suspension, Ford also began offering the Explorer with an optional third row of seats. This allowed drivers to carry up to seven passengers in their Explorer. This would remain an optional feature on the Ford Explorer until the fifth generation model was introduced in 2011.

The 2011 Ford Explorer became the first model to feature a standard third row of seats. In addition, Ford went from a body-on-frame design for the Explorer to a unibody chassis, providing a comfortable ride that was more conducive to family drivers. This makes sense since the three rows of seats made the Explorer more attractive to family drivers who needed the added space and carrying capacity. Now, carpooling the kids and their friends to school and activities was easier than ever.

The fifth-generation Explorer initially featured a standard 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with either four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. This would change with the addition of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-4 gas engine in 2012 and a Sport edition with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 gas engine in 2013. Ford would eventually drop the 2.0-liter I-4 for a more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost in 2016.

The Explorer would undergo a complete redesign for the 2020 model year. Front-wheel drive was out, replaced with more traditional rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive remained an option for drivers who wanted the added traction provided by that drivetrain. The standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine was carried over from the fifth generation, with a V6 hybrid option added to the mix. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 was replaced by a higher output 3.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo V6 on the ST model, capable of 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque.

The Explorer Hybrid combines a 3.3-liter V6 gas engine with an electric motor for an incredible mix of power and efficiency. The added electric boost in this model of the Explorer gives it a range of over 500 miles and a rated fuel economy of up to 28 MPG combined in the 2020 model. Most impressively, the hybrid powertrain still produces 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 5,000 lbs.

The sixth-generation Explorer has a sleeker, more aerodynamic appearance than the fifth-generation model. Still, both Ford Explorer generations provide three rows of seats in a roomy cabin, with the ability to get a great deal of cargo space by easily folding down the rear two rows of seats.

The interior of a 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch is shown from the driver's seat.

The Ford Blue Advantage CPO Program

Ford Blue Advantage is one of the most comprehensive CPO programs available––it is actually two programs in one. Gold Certified covers models like the Ford Explorer up to six years old with fewer than 80,000 miles. Blue Certified is for vehicles up to 10 years old or less and with fewer than 120,000 miles. Whichever you choose, you will get a CPO Explorer that has undergone a comprehensive vehicle inspection covering 172 points total for the Gold Certified program or 139 points for Explorers under the Blue Certified program.

One of the biggest benefits of buying a Ford Explorer under the Ford Blue Advantage program is the extended warranty that you will receive. A Gold Certified CPO Ford Explorer comes with a 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty that covers most parts and features, plus a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. This is important since the powertrain is often the most difficult and expensive part of the vehicle to repair. If you choose a Blue Certified CPO Ford Explorer, you will get a 90-day/4,000-mile limited warranty that covers most of the systems on your Explorer.

The warranties you receive through Ford Blue Advantage include 24/7 roadside assistance. In addition to towing your Explorer to the nearest Ford dealership for repair, you also get travel expense reimbursement for up to $1,000 to cover food, lodging, and a rental vehicle if you break down over 100 miles from home. Destination expense assistance of up to $75 will cover the cost of reaching your destination by taxi, shuttle, or rental car. Rental car reimbursement will cover up to $200 if your Explorer needs overnight repairs.

Each CPO Explorer comes with a free CARFAX vehicle history report. This will provide you with important information about your Explorer, including whether it was involved in an accident, how many prior drivers owned the vehicle, confirmation of the odometer reading, and if there are any outstanding open recalls.

When you buy a CPO Explorer, you will automatically receive FordPass Rewards Points. These can be used to purchase another Ford vehicle, repair your existing Ford vehicle, or for any other service you may receive from your Ford dealership. Drivers who buy a Gold Certified CPO Explorer receive 22,000 points, while those who opt to purchase a Blue Certified model get 11,000 points.

A red 2020 Ford Explorer is shown from the front at an angle after leaving a dealer that had a Certified Pre-Owned Ford Explorer.

We Go the Extra Yard

If you are looking for a CPO Ford Explorer, we are your best choice for Certified Pre-Owned Ford models in the Sacramento area. Our vast inventory of cars, trucks, and SUVs provides you with the choices you need when buying your next vehicle. This is because we give you the options to choose the available powertrains, trim levels, and even interior and exterior colors on a car that we know you will love.

Our sales team prides itself on going the extra yard to get customers like you behind the wheel of their next vehicle. They are dedicated to customer service and provide a level of professionalism that stands out in dealerships here in Sacramento. If you are interested in a lease or loan for your next vehicle, our finance team will provide you with a wide selection of financing options designed to best fit your budget. Each finance team member will work hard to get you the best deal possible.

When it comes time to get your CPO Ford Explorer serviced, bring it here. Our service and parts departments can help you with all of your automotive needs, from routine oil changes to major repairs. These trained technicians will give you peace of mind that the repairs and maintenance are done right.

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Find a CPO Explorer Today

Over the years, the Ford Explorer has been one of the best midsize SUVs, providing drivers with the convenience and utility they expect from this model. It is a testament to Ford that it has been able to continue to build the Ford Explorer over six generations and 30 years. When you buy a CPO Ford Explorer, you get an exceptional model at an affordable price, with benefits that usually only come with a new vehicle.

Whether you want a Ford Explorer for a family vehicle, a great way to commute to work, or a fun vehicle for off-roading on your weekends here in Sacramento, you can find an example that is capable, rugged, and dependable. Regardless of which model year, trim level, and other options you choose on your CPO model, the Explorer never disappoints. Come visit us today and drive out with your next CPO Ford Explorer!