The Explorer was redesigned for 2006, bringing revised interior and exterior styling, as well as some minor control design frustrations.
While the ride and handling are improved over previous Explorer models, agility is still somewhat lacking and the ride is stiff.
Further, noise suppression, and interior fit and finish also leave something to be desired.
However, on the plus side, the interior is roomy and flexible, adjustable pedals can be had, towing capability is strong, and side-curtain airbags are standard.
If you're looking for quiet, the V8-powered Eddie Bauer model is decidedly quieter and more sonorously pleasing than the boisterous V6-powered Explorer XLT.