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Ford Explorer XLT 4WD
MSRP: $30,810
Edmunds.com TMV: $29,444
Cash rebate: $4,500
Final cost: $24,944
Discount: 19%
EPA overall MPG: 15

The original Ford Explorer was to SUVs what the Model T was to cars. It was the model that got America hooked on driving trucks instead of minivans and station wagons.

In a world with lower gas prices, the Explorer would probably still be doing well. It offers what truck-based SUV buyers want with a conservatively handsome design, relatively good handling and good all-around quality.

Unfortunately for Ford, that's some other world - not this one.

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Last updated June 19 2008: 2:36 PM ET
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