2007 Ford Explorer | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

The world’s largest selling SUV, the continues with a simplified series strategy this year, with the upgraded base model, the XLT and the luxury Eddie Bauer.

For , Eddie Bauer models are equipped with Safety Canopy side air curtains as standard, and now offer new available power running boards. All Explorer models also offer an available heated windshield and a DVD entertainment system.

These changes are an extension of the simple formula for the successful Explorer: Put people first. Explorer continues to do that in a market that now puts greater emphasis on sport utilities as functional vehicles rather than fashion statements, according to Ford. The Ford Explorer serves those who have the need for the passenger room, cargo space, and load and towing capacity that only a traditional sport utility can provide.

Featuring solid proportions and a planted stance, the Explorer projects a large presence and this most noticeable in the front end. The grilles, with two distinct styles wrapping the large, 7-inch Ford blue oval, make the strongest statement.

Inside, the Explorer is available with sophisticated details such as suede seat inserts and contrasting stitching paired with strong, vertical lines and wood trim. Thanks to enhanced inputs on the engineering front, the Explorer is not only significantly quieter in the front seats, but third row occupants also benefit from lower NVH levels.

Among the functional changes for 2007 are new interior door-pull cups for the front doors and a standard audio input jack with all radios. In addition, the available DVD entertainment system features a large 8 inch screen.  XLT models are available with an expanded list of features and packages, including leather seating surfaces with heated front seats and a Powerfold third-row seat which folds flat at the touch of a button.

Mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, Explorer’s standard 4.0-litre, SOHC V6 engine generates 231 bhp and 275 lbs-ft of torque. For those wanting a bit more power can opt for the bigger 4.6-litre V6.

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