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Year / Model Reviewed:
2011 Explorer Limited
Handsome exterior styling, comfortable and quiet interior, hi-fi Sony sound system, seat coolers, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning system
Engine works too hard to pull almost 5,000 pounds of steel, glass, and passengers. This also negatively effects gas mileage.
Terrain management system is only useful if the Explorer is outfitted with the correct tires. Stock tires are only good for pavement and fire roads that aren't too steep.
Didn't recognize my iPod when connected to the USB port.
Standard 3rd row seats take up valuable cargo space. I would have preferred more cargo space and less passenger capacity.
The redesigned Ford Explorer looks good on the outside and has a great interior that is comfortable, functional, and attractive. The standard 3rd row seats have a decent amount of legroom for full-size adults and useful if you bus people/kids all the time.
Spending $45k on a near-luxury SUV is a hard pill to swallow, even though all of the high-tech gadgetry is useful. Overall, I think Ford did a good job of making the Explorer competitive with the fancy SUVs/crossovers.
Similar Products Used:
Infiniti FX, Range Rover, GMC Acadia, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Acura MDX