The Explorer is a midsized SUV that shares its underpinnings with the larger Ford Flex, a car-based vehicle we have praised for its ride, comfort, quietness, and space. The Explorer has its good points, including a roomy, practical interior, a third-row seat that's actually usable, and generous cargo capacity. It also has a steady and compliant ride and respectable fuel economy.
Ultimately the Explorer falls short of the best in this competitive class. The engine is a little noisy, handling is secure but lacks agility, and the driving position is flawed. The optional MyFordTouch control interface is overly complicated and distracting.