Have NEVER figured out that terminology, well yeah its USED it has XX,XXX miles on it... jeeze...
Check Ford's websites. They can explain it better than I can.
Maybe I'm being BS'ed, but certified cars mean they go through a testing and prep phase.
One example, a few weeks after I had the car, the "change oil" warning came on.
So, I called my dealer, and they checked the car's records.
No oil change required. It had been done under the certification program.
Supposedly, they also check things like brake wear (brakes must have X life left), and simple stuff like hoses, belts, windshield wipers (mine are brand new). Also had new rubber.
Anyway, I think I got a good deal (Explorer Limited is top of the line; I paid less than Eddie Baur models, same year, same miles), and got something for my 94 Bird (which was junkyard ready), so I can't complain.
I think it was an issue that the car had been on the lot too long, and they needed to move it.
Haven't bought a used car in decades, but at my age, buying new seemed like a waste of money. Don't drive that much anymore.