On-road comfort, appropriate room for persons and baggage, and comfortable seats
Entry-level versions are fairly basic, with an unrefined base engine; hybrid powertrains are expensive.
The ST-Line version has 20-inch wheels and black exterior highlights and badging.
The Explorer is powered by a 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in the base, XLT, and Limited grades.
The Explorer ST is significantly more sporty, and its increased power and stronger suspension elevate it to the status of true performance SUV.
The rear-drive hybrid variant is the most fuel-efficient, with estimations of up to 27 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
While the interior appearance is unimaginative, the Explorer's cabin is utilitarian and comfortable at least for those in the first two rows.
While the Explorer is comfortable and useful for families, it lags below class leaders in sophistication.