2007 Ford Explorer Review

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Those who have serious towing needs and consider full-size SUVs too ponderous will find the 2007 Ford Explorer just right.

At TheCarConnection.com, editors make a point to drive every major new vehicle to get a sense of what the car or truck can do. The 2007 Ford Explorer is no exception. Editors scanned online sources to compile input from a variety of reviewers near and far. TheCarConnection.com gives you the most incisive, inclusive review of the 2007 Ford Explorer out there.

The original Ford Explorer, released in 1991, is credited as the model that kicked the SUV craze into gear. In recent years, the Explorer has seen a number of changes that make it far better to drive than its truck-based roots might suggest. In 2006, the Explorer was extensively redesigned and modernized, so the 2007 Ford Explorer bears the benefits of those changes.

With a wheelbase of nearly 114 inches and an overall length of just over 16 feet, the Explorer isn’t small and dwarves some other so-called mid-size SUVs. But the key difference between the Explorer and more carlike utility vehicles such as Ford’s own Edge and Flex: Properly equipped, the Explorer can tow more than 7,000 pounds, thanks to sturdy truck-derived underpinnings.

The standard 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine provides adequate performance, but it’s quite a bit noisier than the smooth, 292-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8. Comparing the two, the V-8 provides plenty of power for nearly all driving needs without much of a fuel economy penalty. V-8 models get a six-speed automatic transmission to further aid performance, and two- or four-wheel drive is available with either engine. The Explorer is not especially proficient off-road, so buyers will want to consider such rivals as the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The view from the driver's seat is comfortable, though the Explorer still handles like a truck, and the ride isn't particularly smooth. An independent rear suspension helps, but the Explorer is a vehicle that tips the scales at 5,000 pounds―there's only so much a suspension can do. Wind noise isn’t an issue, unlike with most other big, boxy utes, but gas mileage is predictably poor across the range, achieving ratings of 13 mpg city, 18 highway for the V-8.

Overall quality is quite impressive in the Explorer and compares favorably to offerings from Honda, Toyota, and Nissan. Though the imports have better interiors and smoother rides, the 2007 Ford Explorer offers eye-catching surfaces and neat touches like trim rings around the gauges and a particularly nice interior door release.

Across the board, side-curtain airbags are standard. Safety-wise, the 2007 Ford Explorer touts an AdvanceTrac system that offers roll stability, and the Explorer scores well in crash tests.

The Explorer is sold in XLT, the Eddie Bauer, and Limited trims, which altogether span a vast price range. Available features include a voice-activated navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment, and a power-folding third-row seat.

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Friday, April 17, 2015
For 2007 Ford Explorer

Love it performs as expested

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Just did a 4400 km road trip and got 10.8l / 100k comfortable quiet
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT

Great vehicle with poor seats.

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Everything I have experienced in my first 5800 miles is positive with the exception of the seats. Shorter people appear to have "no issues" with the front buckets but someone my height, 6'1'' does; the power... + More »
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Sunday, February 21, 2016
2016 Ford Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited

Love this vehicle

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Very pleased with this vehicle. Very quiet at all speeds, great quality and features. A friend has a Sorrento, we travelled together for a day, could hardly wait to get back in my Explorer. The Kia was noisy... + More »
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