Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
Though it is roomy and has a livable third-row seat, the Explorer trails the competition. Handling is ungainly, the ride is not entirely settled, and the nonturbo V6 powertrain is unrefined. Ford's three-row SUV offers a slew of optional safety systems, as well as a more fuel-efficient 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The top-shelf Platinum trim level is quite luxurious. The front and rear 180-degree cameras have a wash function to keep the lens clean. Lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are optional. The MyFord Touch system now includes redundant knobs and buttons to compensate for the unresponsive onscreen touch-sensitive buttons and controls.