"Thanks but no thanks Ford - I want my truck back"2.0 starson by TSki
Pros: Definitely upgraded cabin tech which is cool, but frankly superflous in what has traditionally been a truck that could do it all.
Cons: Underpowered. Reduced towing capacity. Reduced off-road capacity, Reduced ground clearance. Reduced snow/ice capacity. It's a cute if overweight station wagon now.
Summary: Currently have my 3rd Explorer and am probably a year or two from needing to replace it. Unfortunately Ford has taken all the "truck" features out of the Explorer. All the features I want in an SUV, off-road capability, towing/hauling capacity, real 4 wheel drive, etc. have been excised. Hey I get it that mileage is important. That's why we have two hybrids as daily drivers and a truck that only gets used when we need a "truck".
Sure it rides better - that's the tradeoff you make with a unibody vs a frame but it sacrifices strength, ground clearance and towing.
Sure it gets better mileage - but don't expect to tow anything substantial without incurring massive engine and trans wear and appreciably lower performance.
Sure it has "cool" electronnics - but I would rather have a locking differential and a real 4 wheel low
Sadly after almost 20 years of very satisfied Explorer ownership, Ford has driven me into the arms of the competition.
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