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front, front-side, and Safety Canopy head-curtain airbags that cover all rows of seats are likewise standard
stability control and antilock brakes come standard
While taller vehicles such as the Explorer introduce more concerns regarding rollover, buyers can rest assured that the 2007 Ford Explorer comes with a number of features to reduce the chances of an accident, as well as to supplement protection in the event of a collision.
ForbesAutos is a fan of Ford's "AdvanceTrak stability control system," which helps prevent the loss of control on slippery roads or quick maneuvers. They also say “four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brake distribution and electronic brake assist are standard for sure stopping abilities." Edmunds points out "stability control and antilock brakes come standard."
The editors at ConsumerGuide note standard front side airbags, while curtain side airbags "cover the 1st and 2nd seating rows and include rollover deployment," they say. The 2007 Ford Explorer offers standard ABS, plus traction and anti-skid control. ForbesAutos also notes that "front, front-side, and Safety Canopy head-curtain airbags that cover all rows of seats are likewise standard."
In crash tests, the 2007 Ford Explorer performs well, but doesn't garner the top marks frequently garnered by vehicles this big and heavy. From the IIHS, the Explorer receives a "good" in the frontal offset test, but only an "Acceptable" for the side-impact test. At the NHTSA, the scores for frontal and side impact are all five stars, but rollover resistance is only awarded a three-star rating.
The 2007 Ford Explorer isn't perfect in terms of safety, but TheCarConnection.com's editors appreciate that Ford has made some of the best safety features standard.