I don’t know where you are getting those numbers from but they are not correct. I bought a new 1996 Explorer Sport (the 2 door) in fall of 1995, it was far from fully loaded, and it cost $27,000. V6 engine, 4WD. I did spring for the moon roof. I couldn’t afford the 4 door XLT.People aren't buying new cars like they used to. Yes, it takes money to develop new technology. But it seems like prices are going up on EVERYTHING and people's paychecks are stagnant. They would get more sales if the price of a new vehicle wasn't outrageous. I'd bet the fat hog Ford Expedition XL grande huge or whatever they call it is $100k or almost touching it.
Back in 1995, a Ford Explorer could be had for as little as $18,985. A fully loaded Ford Explorer in 1995 was only $33,935.
In 2020, a Ford Explorer can be had for $32,765. That's almost what a FULLY LOADED Ford Explorer was back in 1995. A fully loaded 2020 Ford Explorer is $58,250!!!! RIDICULOUS!
Keep all the BS and give me an Explorer with a few features for $25,000.
This situation is the same for the Mustang too.
As the British say... this is complete rubbish mate!