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Ford Explorer
Base price: $26,495 - $36,690
Mileage: 20 mpg Hwy, 14 mpg City

In 2003, Ford sold 312,000 Explorer SUVs. It's been a downhill ride since then. Even a 2006 redesign that gave this truck-based SUV a greatly improved ride and handling wasn't enough to boost sales.

In 2007, Ford sold just 104,300 Explorers, a drop of about 25,000, according to Power Information Networks, which tracks the auto market.

Meanwhile, mid-size truck-based utility vehicles like the Explorer have gone from 9.2% of the passenger vehicle market to a projected 5.2% this year, according to data from PIN.

The Explorer isn't going away, but the next version will probably be a car-based crossover, not a truck-based vehicle.

NEXT: Chevrolet Trailblazer

Last updated June 03 2008: 10:35 AM ET

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